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A popular and lively lounge piano combo leader in Hollywood in the 1960s. Born and raised in L.A., Cano came from a family of professional musicians--his grandfather had played with the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra. He studied music at L.A. City College and the L.A. Conservatory before joining the Army in 1945. After the war, he toured as a pianist with mambo king Miguelito Valdez for about a year, then led his own combo briefly before joining Bobby Ramos' band. He remained with Ramos for nearly four years.
Returning to L.A., he worked with a variety of groups, including Jack Costanzo's combo, Manny Lopez's band, and Cal Tjader. In 1960, he was hired as the house group for the Hollywood nightclub P.J.'s, a favored Rat Pack hang-out. Cano was popular with the movie crowd, and even appeared in several films, including Elvis' Fun in Acapulco, Jerry Lewis' classic The Nutty Professor, and Sinatra's Love on the Rocks. He also played for Sinatra's 1970 Hollywood Bowl performances. Later, Cano helped create a series of bi-lingual educational records titled, A Taste for Education.
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