Mongo Santamaría

1917 - 2003

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Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez (April 7, 1917 – February 1, 2003) was a Cuban percussionist and bandleader who spent most of his career in the United States. Primarily a conga drummer, Santamaría was a leading figure in the pachanga and boogaloo dance crazes of the 1960s. His biggest hit was his rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man", which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mongo Santamaría has received more than 224,419 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Mongo Santamaría is the 516th most popular singer (down from 468th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Cuba (down from 46th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Cuban Singer.

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  • 21

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  • 5.47

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  • 2.18

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Among singers, Mongo Santamaría ranks 516 out of 3,541. Before him are Liz Mitchell, Sharon den Adel, Kaliopi, Cristina Deutekom, KRS-One, and Cesare Siepi. After him are Patrick Hernandez, Paul Di'Anno, Stromae, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, Lana Del Rey, and Kathleen Ferrier.

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Among people born in 1917, Mongo Santamaría ranks 132Before him are Robert Conquest, Đỗ Mười, Mak Dizdar, Brad Dexter, Raymond Burr, and Heinrich Ehrler. After him are Semyon Kurkotkin, Kirk Kerkorian, Fulbert Youlou, Kerim Kerimov, Red Auerbach, and Dabbs Greer. Among people deceased in 2003, Mongo Santamaría ranks 108Before him are Foday Sankoh, Canaan Banana, Goffredo Petrassi, Kalpana Chawla, Bernard Williams, and Gertrude Ederle. After him are Marie Trintignant, Lothar Emmerich, Julinho, Kerim Kerimov, John Ritter, and Karel Kosík.

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In Cuba

Among people born in Cuba, Mongo Santamaría ranks 50 out of 202. Before him are Tomás Estrada Palma (1835), Carlos Finlay (1833), Celia Sánchez (1920), Alberto Juantorena (1950), Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1929), and Dámaso Berenguer (1873). After him are Arnaldo Ochoa (1930), Rita Marley (1946), Luis Posada Carriles (1928), Chucho Valdés (1941), Silvio Rodríguez (1946), and Jorge Bolet (1914).

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Among SINGERS In Cuba

Among singers born in Cuba, Mongo Santamaría ranks 6Before him are Gloria Estefan (1957), Celia Cruz (1925), Ibrahim Ferrer (1927), Omara Portuondo (1930), and Pérez Prado (1916). After him are Rita Marley (1946), Silvio Rodríguez (1946), Pablo Milanés (1943), Benny Moré (1919), Laurel Aitken (1927), and Olga Guillot (1922).