Come Learn A Whole Bunch Of New Things About Charo On Her 63rd Birthday Today

Come Learn A Whole Bunch Of New Things About Charo On Her 63rd Birthday Today

Happy Birthday Charo! About ten years ago, I had a roommate who was a classically trained pianist who did not listen to modern pop music. He’d fly anywhere to hear Renee Fleming sing opera, but that was it. One day, he came home and told me he was going to go see Charo. This confused me deeply. Why on earth was the classically trained opera loving guy going to go see the “cuchi-cuchi” lady whose career peaked in the 1970s and now did television ads that, while they were delightfully self-deprecating, were just television ads of Charo playing Charo?

I wondered if it was some sort of ironic retro thing and that’s why he was going to go see her, because let’s be honest, back in the day, Charo was in everything. Literally everything. There wasn’t a talk show or skit show or “Love Boat” that didn’t have Charo in it at some point. She was on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Trust me when I say that if you only watch one of these videos, make it this one and just wait for Burnett’s appearance.

She was on the Dean Martin Show to confuse and delight both Dino and Danny Thomas:

Television was so great when your dick jokes had to be really subtle to get past the censors.

Did I mention she was on “Love Boat”? She was always on “Love Boat,” sometimes as a performer that entertained the other guests by singing a disco-y version Love Boat Theme in fractured English.

She did a disco record — of course! — with Philadelphia’s incomparable Salsoul Orchestra, and people remix this track, “Dance A Little Bit Closer” to this day.

But for real, Charo is actually a really great musician, as my high-minded friend explained. Like a legit talented trained Spanish flamenco guitarist.

That bedazzled sparkly gold tuxedo outfit she is rocking is my new everything.

Let’s watch another one to prove that’s not a fluke, hmmmm?

Is the staging still a bit overwrought and cheesy? Yep! Would I pay a lot of money to see that in Vegas? Hell to the yep! Happy 63rd birthday, Charo aka María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza. You’re a goddamn national treasure and I never knew.

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  • rebecca

    Those nipples are *glorious*.

    • $73376667

      Now this is sideboob!

      • peteywheats

        Main-course-boob, more like.

        • $73376667

          Portions have gotten bigger over the past 40 years or so. What was once an entree is now just a late-night snack.

  • Charo’s career peaked with her appearance on Pee-Wee’s X-mas special. Virtuosic guitar, flawless rendition of “Feliz Navidad”, and a bizarre man-child all in one…what more could you ask for?

  • Annie Towne

    I saw a lot of her when I was growing up, as my dad was madly in love with her. I never got tired of hearing her say, “I came to Ah-medd-ee-ka to find suuk-sex!”P.S. Carol Burnett was the funniest woman, maybe who ever lived, and certainly the bravest, as per this clip. Thank you for that–made my day.

  • Ambignostic

    Listening to that “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” clip, I’m pretty sure she must have two extra fingers on her right hand.

  • BMW

    My ex-wife and I met Charo in Vegas in 2002 right before we got married. Does this story have a point? No, it does not.

  • Tracy

    If Charo is really 63, that means she was 15 when she married Xavier Cugat?Not bloody likely. IMDB has her as being born in 1945, so she’s actually 69. And I hate where my mind just went.

    • yeah–wikipedia traces the whole dispute over her age and the fact that it is really ewwww-worthy if she was 15 when she married Cugat. Given that there was actually a court decision (!!!) about the 1951 DOB, I figured I’d go with that, but I think it is probably no more true than any other assertion she’s made about her age.

  • Joseph

    I’d pay a lot of money just to watch her read the a paper and drink coffee.