Ralph's anecdote of the importance of Joe's music in his development inspired me to share my own experience as well. I remember clearly the first two Latin albums I purchased. The first was an Alegre All Star album and the second was "Bailadores" by the Joe Cuba Sextet. It is the album I learned how to dance off of. I bought them at the famous Casa Alegre which was several blocks from Macy Place where my squeeze and dance teacher Maria lived at the time. Being seen in possession of a Joe Cuba album meant that you were hip, in the know as far as the music was concerned so I made sure I was seen carrying it around back and forth to Maria's house.