STORY OF GEORGE GOLDNER AND TICO
There's probably no form of popular music more under-appreciated in the
United States than Latin music. Yet, it's hard to imagine a time when
it wasn't heard here. Given that large sections of this country were once
Mexican territory, Latin songs and dances have been a part of our cultural
tapestry for a very long time! Over the last 75 years, their influence
on country, jazz, rock, reggae, rhythm and blues, disco and even Broadway
show tunes has been profound; you can hear it in songs as diverse as "San
Antonio Rose", "St. Louis Blues", "Spanish Harlem", "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy",
"Turn The Beat Around" and Irving Berlin's "Heat Wave".
In the '40s, the first nationally-distributed independent labels devoted
to Latin music came into being - Mardi Gras, Verne, Coda, Seeco and others.
George Goldner's Tico Records was arguably foremost among these
companies. Read on . . .