Manny Lopez

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Musician, Songwriter

Manny Lopez was known around the world as the King of the Cha Cha Cha for his 1950s band and hit records dedicated to the dance craze, but Manny’s musical career was far more than just the Cha Cha. Manny was a highly regarded Latino bandleader who wrote several songs that have been recorded by others and used in several movies over the years. His musical performances graced the stages in Las Vegas, Cuba and Los Angeles beginning in the late 1940s and continuing into the early 2000s. In addition to his performances, Manny built several musical instruments that he used on stage and in the recording studios including a marimba.