There were many failed attempts before dance giant, Hugh 'Cha Cha' Rodriguez, hit upon the right combination of steps and created the dance sensation known as the Cha Cha Cha. New biographical details have emerged revealing that Hugh almost gave up after his earlier "Cha cha, One? / Cha cha, Two!" was met with ridicule, disdain and indifference. He was even dropped from Arthur and Katherine Murray's Christmas list. So, what happened to spark his creativity? Here's the story as told by dance aficionado, Plase Holder.
Hugh went into seclusion with his family. No
one was near them to see them or hear them. No friends or relations on
weekend vacations. They were quite alone - in fact, it wasn't even known if they owned a telephone.
The story goes that his wife, Penny arouse at daybreak, wide awake and decided to bake a sugar cake
for Hugh to take for all the boys to see. Hugh finally got up and the
two of them were having a cup of tea - Orange pekoe, I believe. Now
picture: she was sitting upon his knee. Their children were
playing close by - a girl for her, a boy for him. It was plain to see
how happy they could be. Suddenly, Hugh jumped up and ran to the piano.
His wife, Penny fell to the floor, spraining her coccyx and traumatizing the
At the piano, Hugh instinctively pounded out the first
few bars of the magic beat which had eluded him for so long - One, two, Cha Cha
Cha / One, two, Cha Cha Cha.
Later, when asked what had inspired him, Hugh
claimed he had no idea. "I have no idea" he joked. Sadly, the Cha Cha King died a
few short years later, alone and penniless. Penny had charged him with domestic
violence, changed her name to Alice and filed for divorce. The Cha Cha
Cha dance craze peaked in the 1950s and spawned several hit songs
including Everybody Cha Cha and Everybody Cha Cha In Chinatown. Asked if she ever
Cha Cha'd, Alice responded, "Sure, I'll Cha Cha Cha on his [expletive
Now you know.