Grammy Award, presented to Mongo Santamaría

Grammy Award, presented to Mongo Santamaría

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This award was presented to Ramon "Mongo" Santamaría by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), in 1977. It has a brown stained wood base, with a metal cast gramophone. There is an engraved plate:

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES
MONGO SANTAMARIA
BEST LATIN RECORDING – 1977
"Dawn”

Ramon "Mongo" Santamaría received this Grammy for his recording Dawn (Amanecer) on Vaya Records, released in 1977.

Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez (1917–2003) 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. From the 1970s, he recorded mainly salsa and Latin jazz, before retiring in the late 1990s. Santamaria made several recordings as a leader of his own group, as well as a sideman with Fania All-Stars, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ray Charles.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
award
presentation date
1977
recipient
Santamaria, Ramon "Mongo"
place made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/2 in x 5 in x 4 7/8 in; 16.51 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.3825 cm
base: 3 in x 4 13/16 in x 4 15/16 in; 7.62 cm x 12.22375 cm x 12.54125 cm
gramaphone: 4 3/8 in x 3 3/16 in; 11.1125 cm x 8.09625 cm
ID Number
2005.0030.08
accession number
2005.0030
catalog number
2005.0030.08
Credit Line
Gift of Nancy Santamaria
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