Lina Romay, A Fan's Tribute site:
and Your Letters
In this page, I am pleased to include recent purchases I
made on Ebay. Enjoy!
"Now, boys! ...Are you peeking at my
Publicity stills from MGM Studios
New Segment! Letters
In this section, we print
YOUR letters about the delightful Miss Romay:
Just discovered your Lina Romay
web site in the new issue of CLASSIC IMAGES!
I was just out of high school in
the early 40s when the Latin music craze started to peak. I was
a big fan of Cugat's, thanks to his weekly radio show.
When the Cugat orchestra was
booked into the Chase Club at the Chase Hotel in St. Louis, I double-dated with some classmates to go to my first
night club. (Yes, we ordered tuna fish salad sandwiches and
cokes). Was mesmerized by the Cugat band. The star floor show
attraction was Carmen Castillo (?), Cugie's then wife. However,
from the very beginning of the evening, I had my eye on Cugie's band
singer, who just sat with the orchestra beating time to the music.
She looked oh, so bored. However, when it was time for her to
sing, she jumped up in a flash and turned it on!!!!! I
couldn't take my eyes off her during the whole evening.
I moved to Santa Monica, Calif. in Dec. 4l, and went to every Cugat appearance
in the area--even to a prom at UCLA
where he played (but without Lina, as I recall)...
In the 80s, I went to a jazz club
on Vine Street in Hollywood to hear singer Ruth Olay, who had become a
friend. Attended many of her shows, and she always made a point
of alerting me to any celebrity in the audience. One night at
the Vine Street Bar & Grill, she mentioned that Lina Romay was in
the room. Did I know her? YIKES. Ruth said why
don't I go over and tell her I was a long time fan--that she would
love it. So, between sets I went over to her booth where she was
deeply involved in a conversation with her date (?). I
mumbled something about how I always thought she was swell.
She was gracious. The encounter was brief, but it was MY
The next time I saw Ruth
Olay, Ruth gave me a Christmas card to her from Lina. Ruth
said she thought that I should have it. And I do.
Conrad J. Doerr
June 29, 2007
Thanks for your contribution Conrad!
I am a Hollywood
Golden Age musical fan (I own now about 200 movie musicals from
thirties, forties and fifties) and the first time I
saw Lina singing was in the movie "Two girls and a
sailor". I wondered who is that cute doll singing and
dancing with Ben Blue, Now I know and I have seen Lina singing in
many other movies. I have one question to ask; did Lina record any
albums, if yes any available or otr-recordings ?
I found out, that there are
Lina`s songs on cd "War years
1941 - 45" /Xavier Cugat.
Naturally I bought that one.
The site is a fine
tribute to lovely, talented and beautiful
Latin singer, Lina Romay.
We Finns love tangos. We have
annually great Tango Festival. Our King of Tango is late Olavi
Virta. His best years were in the fifties.
Editors Note: if you search the 'net, you'll find many sellers
out there of old radio shows, recorded on CD's in MP3 format. Lina
was featured in her own radio show for a short time and also appeared on
other popular shows like Command Performance and others during and
after the War. Thanks Jouni for sharing your thoughts on Lina!
EZS <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
After watching some movies and clips from this beautiful, talented and lovely
lady, there’s a strange feeling of disappointment in me.
How is that possible, that she couldn’t get a bigger role in a big smash hit movie?
I think she could beat even Marilyn Monroe in any kind of movie….
It must have been be the policy of big studios (like MGM etc.) they didn’t let Latin stars like Lina make a big
success, 'cause she was Mexican origin, and that’s shocking.
Maybe things would be different is she was now age 25…
Thank you J
Thanks for your comments, J!
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