Guide to the Don Tosti Papers CEMA 88

Finding aid prepared by Callie Bowdish, Danely Ramos Segoviano and Katherine Aguilara
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
Phone: (805) 893-3062
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Title: Don Tosti Papers
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 88
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 11.0 linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1940-2004
Date (inclusive): 1900-2004
General Physical Description note: 13 document boxes, 11 photo binder boxes, 1 oversized box, 57 reels, 9 records, 6 cassettes, multiple CD's, and 2 VHS.
Abstract Note: Don Tosti [1923-2004] is known as the "Father of Pachuco Boogie." Born in 1923, he was considered a child prodigy and grew up to become a musical success. He bequeathed to the Regents of UC the rights to his collection in an effort to expand the knowledge of Mexican American music. The archived handwritten orchestral scores and music sheets along with the successful adoption of his music by many musicians attest to his extraordinary musicianship. Biographical material, correspondence, teaching materials, event and promotional materials, sheet music, music books, photos, and audio and video files that include his music chronicle Tosti's life as a Mexican American musician.
Location note: Del Norte

Custodial History note

These papers were donated by Don Tosti in late 2003 and 2004 with some additional material donated by Marily Wood in 2004. Materials on site at the home of the late Don Tosti, that were left behind, include hundreds of commercial song books and commercially available sheet music folios representing many different music genres and eras, hundreds of demonstration audio-cassettes and videos submitted by musicians and singers to the Music by Tosti agency. Also left behind were most of Tosti’s music “play” books containing commercial sheet music in three-ring binders that Tosti had assembled and used for his engagements at various entertainment venues. These play books encompass a wide range of genres of popular music similar to those used by other commercial musicians. Also removed from the archive were music industry manuals, music equipment manuals, pop psychology books, music industry periodicals. Left behind were financial files such as bank statements, cancelled checks and tax returns. Several hundred LP’s of popular music were not archived, nor a large assortment of color photographs of entertainers who were clients of the Music by Tosti agency. There were some samples archived of the latter.

Biographical/Historical note

Don Tosti was a musician, composer, band and orchestra leader whose illustrious career spanned more than seven decades. He was born on the March 27, 1923 in El Paso, Texas. Don Tosti rose above his humble origins in El Paso's hardscrabble Segundo barrio, becoming a child prodigy at nine years of age and playing second violin with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Following a move to East Los Angeles at the age of fifteen, he began playing saxophone first, then the bass, and formed his own swing band. He attended Roosevelt High School, becoming concertmaster for the All-City high school orchestra. His growing prowess on the string bass took him through a star-studded musical career as a jazz player with legends such as Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Bobby Sherwood, Les Brown and Charlie Barnett.
As a band and orchesta leader during the 1950's Don Tosti made many recordings and had his own television show "Momentos Alegres" ("Happy Moments") on KHJ-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles. Don Tosti encouraged and influenced other musicians, including Eddie Cano and Manny Lopez. In 1963, he married starlet and model Ruthe Lyla Margulies. Together they made a life in Palm Springs where he continued writing music, entertaining at clubs, and operating his own music agency. In 1999, the City of Palm Springs honored him with his own star on the "Palm Springs Walk of the Stars."
Don Tosti's musical genius can be appreciated as much through his bold and innovative compositions as with his stylish close-harmony ballads of more traditional forms. Don Tosti is a progenitor of modern Chicano music. In 1948, Tosti's energetic "Pachuco Boogie" opened a new chapter in American music. He, along with Lalo Guerrero, pioneered in creating the sub genre of post-war Mexican American jump blues and made history by inaugurating a new era in Mexican American music. Tosti and Guerrero thus laid the foundation for the evolution of Chicano rock music. Don Tosti's "Pachuco Boogie" and his experimentations with "Chicano Boogie" and other jump tunes infused boogie-woogie with a distinct Mexican style and Pachuco vernacular.
Don Tosti's reputation as a master of music can be seen also through his compositions and arrangements for luminaries in the entertainment field. This included writing music for Hoagy Carmichael and Henry Mancini during the last thirteen years of his life. He also wrote music and arrangements for Lalo Guerrero, known as the "Father of Chicano music." Don Tosti passed away on August 4, 2004 in the City of Palm Springs in California at the age of 81.

Conditions Governing Access note


Copyright note

Copyright for all of Don Tosti's creative materials has been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections.

Scope Note

Tosti's papers contain 13 document boxes, 11 photo albums in binder boxes, and one oversize box, for a total of 11 linear feet. The papers also includes various CD's with his original songs that have been digitized, 57 reels, six cassettes, nine records with Don Tosti songs, and two VHS videos. This collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, teaching materials, events, sheet music, music books, photographs, audio and video.
In Series III: Teaching Materials there are music sheets used to practice music, instrument exercises, memorization sheets, and exercise sheets.
Series IV Events and Promotional Material is from 1942 to 2008 and consists of publicity and promotional material, gig sheets and ceremonies like the Annual Chicano Music Award Ceremony.
Series V: Sheet Music houses six different boxes which are put in order alphabetically by song title within each subseries. There are five different subseries: "Don Tosti songs and General Music Sheets","Tosti Playbooks and Set Lists with Lead Sheets," "Orchestration Hand Written Music Sheets", "Don Tosti Music Notebooks," and "Misc. Music Sheets." "Hand Written Music Sheets" is organized by instrument. This includes 11 handwritten songs composed by Don Tosti like "Envidiosa" and "Burlate."
Series VI: Music Books from 1903 to 1985 is organized alphabetically by book title. These are a sample of his music books and reflect his taste in music.
Series VII: Photographs includes pictures of Don Tosti from the 1920s to the 2000s. There are some early turn of the century family photos. His personal life and professional life is depicted in these photographs.
Series VIII: Audio and Video contains five different subseries which are composed of MP3s, six cassettes, two VHS videos, nine records, and 57 reels. These video and audio items contain recordings of the songs "I wrote a song for you," "Nostalgia," and "Negro Corazon" and footage of "History de Mexico" and "Quintero Organ."

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Don Tosti on June 26, 2004.

Preferred Citation note

Don Tosti Papers, CEMA 88, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Latin Jazz
Mexican American Composer
Mexican American musicians


Series I Biographical

Scope and Contents note

This series is organized alphabetically in two boxes which contain biographical information from 1931 to 2003. "Personal Historical" contains his high school diploma, a couple of photographs and passport information of both his wife and him. In Biographical Overviews there are outlines, sketches and work schedules. One section consists of Don Tosti interviews. These give insight into his childhood and the start of his career. The newspaper and magazine articles in this series reveal the locations of his performances. They are alongside special articles written about Tosti and his music. These are organized by date when possible. Additionally, there is a section of miscellaneous newspaper clippings collected by Don Tosti. An oversized box holds additional newspaper articles arranged by date. Don Tosti's half-sister (through his father), Marilyn Wood, donated materials which include personal notes and articles. The membership files contain documents of his affiliation to the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and other organizations. Also included are contracts with cruise ships such as the Holland America Line and the U.S. Rotterdam. Box two contains two of his notebooks where he wrote personal, music, and financial record keeping notes.
Box 1, Folder 1-2

Biographical Overviews 1931-2000s

Box 1, Folder 3-15

Contracts and Business Files circa 1978-2003

Box 1, Folder 16

Don Tosti - Interviews 08/20/1998

Box 1, Folder 17

Marilyn Wood Articles circa 1931-2003

Box 1, Folder 18-20

Memberships circa 1952-2005

Box 1, Folder 21-22

Miscellaneous undated

Box 1, Folder 23-24

Miscellanous Newspaper Clippings circa 1950-2002

Box 1, Folder 25-27

Newspaper Clippings and Articles (about Don Tosti) 1942-2002 and undated

Box 25, Folder 1

Newspapers Oversized

Box 2, Folder 1, Box 1, Folder 28

Notebooks 1994-1995

Box 2, Folder 2-4

Personal Historical circa 1936-1997


Series II Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

"Incoming Business" correspondence is from 1949 to 2003. "Incoming Personal" correspondence is from 1951-2002. "Outgoing" correspondence is for the years 1963 and 1993. Postcards which contain advertisements to his events are the primary content.
Box 2, Folder 6-7

Incoming Business 1949-2003 and undated

Box 2, Folder 8-9

Incoming Personal 1951-2002 and undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Outgoing 1965, 1993


Series III Teaching Materials

Scope and Contents note

In box two there is material used by Tosti when he taught music. These consist of music sheets of "Boogie Woogie," chord notes, instrument exercises, memorization sheets, time and beat notes, and several other practice songs. An example of the instrument sheets are "Four studies for four hammers" and "Guitar notes" that were used as practice. It also includes exercise sheets for vocals and memorization sheets for different instrument chords and lyrics.
Box 2, Folder 11-20

Teaching Materials undated


Series IV Events and Promotional Material 1942-2008

Scope and Contents note

This series located in box two covers events from 1942 to 2003 in which Don Tosti would perform. Gig sheets, publicity, and promotional objects are located in this box along with promotional photographs. Other promotional materials include paper posters of his performances and award ceremonies he attended such as the Annual Chicano Music Award Ceremony. "Gig sheets" holds a schedule that includes written dates, performance locations, and times. There are also sheets from the Music by Tosti Agency where they confirm musical performances at various locations.
Box 2, Folder 21-23

Events 1942- 2000 and undated

Box 25, Folder 7

Event Poster

Box 25, Folder 1

Zoot Suit Program at Mark Taper Forum October 1, 2007

Box 2, Folder 24

Gig Sheets

Box 2, Folder 25

Promotional Material undated

Box 2, Folder 26-27

Promotional Photographs


Series V Sheet Music

Scope and Contents note

This undated series is contained in seven boxes and is divided into five subseries. These subseries include "Don Tosti's Songs and General Music Sheets," "Tosti Playbooks and Set Lists with Lead Sheets," "Orchestration Hand Written Music Sheets," "Don Tosti Music Notebooks," and "Miscellaneous Music Sheets." Songs in each subseries are organized alphabetically by song title. "Don Tosti Music Notebooks" contain several spiral notebooks which have a couple of handwritten music notes by Don Tosti. Songs and "General Music Sheets" holds 50 different general music sheets and other music material. His general music sheets include 11 songs written by him such as, "You're Summer time to me," "Envidiosa," and "Burlate." "Playbooks and Set Lists with Lead Sheets" contains various songs mostly printed copies and a couple of handwritten ones. All the playbooks in this section are numbered and in order by these numbers. "Orchestration Hand Written Music Sheets" contain music which Don Tosti wrote for the timbale and trumpet. There is a separate section in this subseries that is organized by song title and includes music sheets for different instruments for a particular song. Included is a range of songs such as "Mambo Burger" and "Teasing Cha Cha Cha." "Miscellaneous Music Sheets" holds oversized music sheets that can be found in the oversized box 25.

Don Tosti Songs and General Music Sheets

Box 3, Folder 10

Anema E Core, with all my heart and soul by Salve d' Esposito

Box 3, Folder 10

Angel Eyes by Matt Denni and Earl Bren

Box 3, Folder 10

Anna by William Engvick and R.Vatro

Box 3, Folder 10

Auld Lang Syne

Box 3, Folder 10

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce

Box 3, Folder 10

Bei Mir Bistu Shein by J. Jacobs and Sholom Secunda

Box 3, Folder 11-12

Burlate by Tosti

Box 3, Folder 11-12

You're Summertime to me by Tosti and Jerry London

Box 3, Folder 13

Come fly with me by Sammy Chan and James Van Heusen

Box 3, Folder 13


Box 3, Folder 13

Dahal Sa Isang 'Bulaklak'

Box 3, Folder 13

Darn that dream

Box 3, Folder 13

Deja Vu

Box 3, Folder 13

Drunk with love by Tosti and Allan Bernstein

Box 3, Folder 14


Box 3, Folder 15

Envidiosa by Tosti

Box 3, Folder 16

Eyes for you

Box 3, Folder 16

Gay Ranchera

Box 3, Folder 16

The Girl from Ipanema by Carlos Jobim

Box 3, Folder 16

El Guiri Guiri by Lalo Gurrero

Box 3, Folder 16


Box 3, Folder 16

Guisa Gacha by Tosti

Box 3, Folder 17

Imagination by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke

Box 3, Folder 17

I'm glad for you

Box 3, Folder 18

It's impossible

Box 3, Folder 19-20

I wrote a song for you by Tosti and Jerry London

Box 3, Folder 21-23

Let me by Tosti and Jerry London

Box 4, Folder 1-3

Loco by Tosti

Box 4, Folder 4


Box 4, Folder 4

Love of life

Box 4, Folder 4

The Love of my life by Tosti and Jerry London

Box 4, Folder 4

Love will keep us together

Box 4, Folder 5

Miramba music

Box 4, Folder 6

Mi Dolor by Tosti

Box 4, Folder 7

Music Lyrics

Box 4, Folder 8

My kind of girl

Box 4, Folder 8

My Romance by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

Box 4, Folder 8

El Negrito del Batey

Box 4, Folder 9-10

Negro Corazon by Tosti and Jerry London

Box 4, Folder 11

No me importa

Box 4, Folder 11


Box 4, Folder 11

Only you

Box 4, Folder 12

Our envious love by Tosti and Jerry London

Box 4, Folder 12

Por una mujer by Tosti

Box 4, Folder 12

Princess Pupule

Box 4, Folder 13

Sometimes I'm happy

Box 4, Folder 13

Vine por ti by Don Tosti

Box 4, Folder 13

When Johnna loved me

Box 4, Folder 14

You and me against the world

Box 4, Folder 14

You're Summertime to Me

Box 4, Folder 14

You do something to me

Box 4, Folder 15-20

Research (Irish/Mancini)

Box 4, Folder 21-32

Unfinished Music Sheets


Tosti Playbooks and Set Lists with Lead Sheets

Box 25, Folder 2

Playbook One

Box 5, Folder 1-28


Box 6, Folder 1-11



Orchestration Hand Written Music Sheets


Orchestration By Instrument

Box 7, Folder 1-9


Box 7, Folder 10-24


Box 8, Folder 1-23

Orchestration By Songs

Box 9, Folder 1-27

Orchestration By Songs


Don Tosti Music Notebooks

Box 3, Folder 3

Hansen's Wire Bound Music Writing Book

Box 3, Folder 4

Music Book

Box 3, Folder 5

Music By Tosti

Box 3, Folder 6

Music Notebook

Box 3, Folder 6

Music Writing

Box 3, Folder 7

No.100 Bass Patterns

Box 3, Folder 8

No.100 Don Tosti

Box 3, Folder 9



Misc. Music Sheets

Box 25, Folder 3

Large Music Sheets


Series VI Music Books 1903-1985

Scope and Contents note

The series consists of four boxes with a date range from 1903 to 1985. They hold 88 different music books that are in alphabetical order which included topics spanning from "The Modern Organist" to "This is Elvis." These books are a sample of his personal collection and reflect some of his musical preferences. Some of this music was modified by Don Tosti and converted to his own style.
Box 10

4 Magic Chords Guitar

Box 10

100 of the Greatest Rock and Roll Hits 1962-1963

Box 10

Advanced Song Presentation for Popular Singers around 1956-1966

Box 10

Airto: The Spirit of Percusion 1985

Box 10

Applied Sight Reading for Popular Singers around 1940-1961

Box 10

Arranging: Book One 1948

Box 10

Arranging: Book Two 1948

Box 10

Arranging: Book Three 1948

Box 25, Folder 4

A Basic Course of Study for Singers 1974

Box 10

Bluesblues 1973

Box 10

The Blues and How to Play 'em

Box 10

Blues Hanon 1980

Box 10

Blues Miniatures 1973

Box 10

The Blues Scale 1966

Box 10

Boogie Woogie For Beginners

Box 10

Boogie Woogie Beat

Box 10

The Boogie Book

Box 10

Bop Progressions

Box 11

Chords and Boogie Woogie 1962

Box 25, Folder 4

Csardas by V. Monti

Box 11

Dictionary of Chords 1948

Box 11

Eight to the Bar

Box 25, Folder 4

Eighty-Six Etudes For String-Bass

Box 11

The Electric Bassist's Chord Guide 1978

Box 11

Escuela de Piano: Teorica y Practica 1903

Box 11

F Chord Book

Box 11

The Finest Love Songs of the Decade 1983

Box 11

Guitar Books

Box 11

Great Jazz Songs 1965

Box 25, Folder 4

H.E. Kayser 36 Etudes For Violin

Box 11

How to Train Singers 1979

Box 11

I Love the Fifties 1957

Box 11

Instrumentation and Voice Leading 1949

Box 11


Box 11

Jazz and Rock 1971

Box 11

Jazz Bach (2 copies) 1977

Box 11

Jazz for the Young Jazz Organist 1965

Box 11

Jazz Hanon 1980

Box 11

Jazz Improvisation 1969

Box 12

Jazz Piano 1985

Box 12

Jazzpiano Prelude 1977

Box 12

Lady Love 1977

Box 12

Learn to Play the Alfred Way Jazz Piano

Box 12

Leave a Tender Moment Alone: Billy Joel 1983

Box 12

Lionel Hampton's Method for Vibraharp: Xylophone and Marimba 1939

Box 12

On and on: Stephen Bishop 1975

Box 12

Mallet Control for the Xylophone 1949

Box 12

Mel Bay's Electric Bass Position Studies

Box 12

Mel Bay's Introduction to the Blues 1976

Box 12

Mel Bay's Piano Boogie 1975

Box 12

Mel Bay's Piano Rhythm Patterns 1977

Box 12

Metodo Completo de Solfeo: Segunda Parte

Box 12

Metodo Completo de Solfeo: Tercera Parte

Box 12

Metodo de Solfeo Libro 1 1939

Box 12

The Modern Organist 1917

Box 12

Modern Vibraharp Method 1939

Box 12

Movin' On 1974

Box 12

Musical Psychology 1948

Box 12

A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation 1965

Box 12

Number One Soul Drums 1970

Box 12

Nostalgic Rock, Music From the Sixties 1987

Box 12

Orchestration for the Arranger Composer 1949

Box 12

Pedal Studies for the Hammon Organ 1932

Box 12

The Professional Arranger Composer 1954

Box 12

Rhythms and Instruments of Brazil 1965

Box 13

The Rock/Jazz Fusion Handbook 1979

Box 13

Rodgers and Hammerstein Greatest Hits! 1976

Box 25, Folder 4

Scales and Chords for the Pianoforte

Box 13

Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics: C.L. Hanon the Virtous Pianist in Sixty Exercises for the Piano 1928

Box 25, Folder 5

Schirmer's Library: Scale Studies for Violin

Box 13

Schirmer's Library: Sevcik Op.8 1939

Box 13

Schirmer's Library: Sevcik Op.9 1939

Box 13

The Singing Machine Songs 1986

Box 13

Song Presentation for Popular Singers 1970

Box 13

Sounds and Scores 1962

Box 25, Folder 5


Box 13

Styles for the Jazz Pianist

Box 13

A System of Technical Studies in Pedal Playing for the Organ 1904

Box 13

Theory of Psychological Associations 1949

Box 13

This Is Elvis 1981

Box 13

Total Breathing 1980

Box 25, Folder 5

Violin Music

Box 13

You Do It, Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Blues Piano Improvisation: Book One 1972

Box 13

You Do It, Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Blues Piano Improvisation: Book Three 1972

Box 13

You Do It, Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Blues Piano Improvisations: Book Six 1973

Box 13

You Do It, Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Blues Piano Improvisation: Book Seven 1976

Box 13

You Can Play Sonny Rollins, Nine Classic Jazz Originals 1976

Box 13

Voicing By Acoustics 1948


Series VII Photographs

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of 11 binder boxes organized by the date range of the photographs. The box "Family and Early Years" houses photographs of his aunts and relatives in the early 1900s, high school years, first marriage, a vacation in Mexico and friends. "Forties and Fifties" primarily holds images from his early career performances in Hollywood and New York City, and trip to Mexico City. Photographs of Tosti's time in Hawaii as a performer in various popular clubs, first wife, and T.V Show in Los Angeles are in the "Sixties and Hawaii" box. "Recordings or Rehearsals and Later Years" covers Hollywood sessions, Creative Party Design, Dancaster Star Awards, Ruthe's Birthday Party, and Palm Springs Desert Resorts appearance. "Later Years" contains photographs from the 1970s to 1990s, ranging from appearances in the Cotton Club and Sportsmen's Lodge to a Cruise Ship. "Lalo y Amigos and Chicano Music Awards" has images of Las Casuelas Nuevas and the first and second award shows which includes many celebrities such as Edward James Olmos. "Music by Tosti" houses photographs from various performances by his own company. "The Palm Springs Walk of Stars" contains images from 1999 when Don Tosti was honored and the after party. "Professional Photographs" has promotional images from his entire career, ranging from the 1940s-1990s. Series IV also has photo albums that belonged to Don Tosti's wife titled "Ruthe Tosti One" and "Ruthe Tosti Two."This series is organized into subseries of the different media types: reels, digital recordings, cassettes, videos, and records. In this series, there are approximately 60 reels, cassettes, CDs, VHS videos, and records that range from 1964-2003. The reels have a vast variety of music including "Quintero Organ". There are video tapes one through four of "History de Mexico." The cassette collection consists of Don Tosti's duo, trio, quartet, and other subjects. The CD materials in this collection from 2002 contain songs such as "Nostalgia," "Loco," "Negro Corazon," "Envious Moon/Envidiosa," "Burlate," "I wrote a song for you," and "Vine por ti" which are sung in Spanish and English. There are two VHS videos that feature Tosti on CNN and "Tosti talks - November 2003 - for Salvador." There is also an mp3 listing available of 23 of his songs such as his famous "Pachuco Boogie" and "Tacos for Two" by Don Tosti and his orchestra. Some of these 23 songs are from older recordings that have been digitally restored. The Don Tosti Papers also includes a personal collection of commercial records. There are approximately 280 78rpm, 209 33rpm, and one 45rpm miscelleneous records that were part of Don Tosti's personal collection. A list of these is also available upon request.
Box 14

Family and Early Years 1900s-1990s

Box 15

Forties and Fifties 1940s-1950s

Box 16

Professional Photographs 1940s - 1990s

Box 17

Sixties and Hawaii 1960s-1970s

Box 18

Ruthe Tosti One 1960s - 1990s

Box 19

Ruthe Tosti Two 1960s - 1990s

Box 20

Recordings/Rehearsals and Later Years 1980s-2000s

Box 21

Lalo y Amigos and Chicano Music Awards 1990s

Box 22

Music By Tosti 1990s

Box 23

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars May 1999

Box 24

Later Years 2000s

Box 3, Folder 1

Photographs-Dick Richards

Box 3, Folder 2

Photographs-Marilyn Wood

Box 25, Folder 6

Large Photographs

Box 25, Folder 7

Large Mounted Photograph


Series VIII Audio and Video

Scope and Contents note

This series is organized into subseries of the different media types: reels, digital recordings, cassettes, videos, and records. In this series, there are approximately 60 reels, cassettes, CDs, VHS videos, and records that range from 1964-2003. The reels organized by audio number have a vast variety of music including "Quintero Organ". There are video tapes organized alphabetically that obtain one through four of "History de Mexico." The cassette collection organized alphabetically consists of Don Tosti's duo, trio, quartet, and other subjects. The CD materials in this collection from 2002 is organized by track number which contains songs such as "Nostalgia," "Loco," "Negro Corazon," "Envious Moon/Envidiosa," "Burlate," "I wrote a song for you," and "Vine por ti" which are sung in Spanish and English. There are two VHS videos that feature Tosti on CNN and "Tosti talks - November 2003 - for Salvador." There is also an mp3 listing available of 23 of his songs such as his famous "Pachuco Boogie" and "Tacos for Two" by Don Tosti and his orchestra. Some of these 23 songs are from older recordings that have been digitally restored. The Don Tosti Papers also includes a personal collection of commercial records. There are approximately 280 78rpm, 209 33rpm, and one 45rpm miscelleneous records that were part of Don Tosti's personal collection. A list of these is also available upon request.


Disk Library server, Item A19255

Tosti CD-including: "Let Me", "Loco", "Crazy" Raul Diaz w/Trio,"Negro Corazon", "Masquerade" Raul Diaz w/Trio, "Envidiosa", "Envious Moon" Raul Diaz w/Trio, "Burlate".. Vocal Raul Diaz, "You're Summertime To Me" Raul Diaz, "Loco" Slow Rock Raul Diaz, "Crazy" Slow Rock Raul Diaz, "I Wrote A Song For You" Raul Diaz", "Vine Por Ti' (Song For You), "Ruben Reyes" 11/7/2002

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Tosti Songs Ross Compilation

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MP3 Library Server

"Pachuco Boogie" 01 Track 01_Pachuco Boogie.mp3

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"Pachuco Mambo" 02 Track 02_Pachuco Mambo.mp3

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"Tacos for Two" 03 Track 03_Tacos for Two.mp3

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"Burlate" 04 Track 04_Burlate.mp3

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"Guisa Guaina" 05 Track 05_Guisa Guaina.mp3

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"Telarana" 06 Track 06_Telarana.mp3

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"La Lola" 08 Track 08_La Lola.mp3

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"Chicano Boogie" 10 Track 10_Chicano Boogie.mp3

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"Chavalita" 11 Track 11_Chavalita.mp3

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"No Me Dejes" 14 Track 14_No Me Dejes(Disco).mp3

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"Loco" 16 Track 16_Loco.mp3

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"El Tirili" 17 Track 17_El Tirili.mp3

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"Let Me" 18 Track 18_Let Me.mp3

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"Guisa Gacha" 19 Track 19_Guisa Gacha.mp3

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"Negro Corazon" 20 Track 20_Negro Corazon.mp3

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"Wine-O-Boogie" 21 Track 21_Wine-O-Boogie.mp3

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"Envidiosa" 22 Track 22_Envidiosa.mp3



Cassette A19243

Don Tosti Duo "Tosti Poolside"[I] 7/1988

Cassette A19244

Don Tosti Duo "Tosti Poolside"[II]

Cassette A19242

Don Tosti Quartet 4/1988

Cassette A19246

Don Tosti Trio Rotterdam 1991

Cassette A19241

Don Tosti Trio "SS Rotterdam 1990" 9/28/1990-9/29/1990

Cassette A19245

Tosti at Rancho Mirrage Country Club 11/1988



Disk \\cemashare\ARCHIVE_VIDEO\Tosti

Televised special on Don Tosti 09/01Alan Kelley, KRON 4 "Latin Eyes". San Francisco CA, Originally broadcast September 1, 2002/2002

General note

Alan Kelley, KRON 4 "Latin Eyes". San Francisco CA, Originally broadcast September 1, 2002
-dvd version, mp4 on server, and streaming online at:
Item V4401

Tosti- CNN 3x"Walk of Stars" Walk of fame 5/4/1999

Item V4400

Tosti Talks- November 2003-for Salvador 11/2003


Records - Don Tosti

Item RCA Victor 23-6918

"Burlate (Taunt Me)" by Don Tosti, Ruben Reyes y Orquesta Pablo Beltran Ruiz

Item Ballad Records 101

A."Chavalita" B."Telarana" by Don Tosti and Orchestra

Item Taxco 117

A."Chicano Boogie" B. "Wine- o Boogie"

Item Cal-Mex 45-104

A."Chinito, Chinito" B."Burlate"

Item Philmos Records 008

A."Columpiande" B."Ya no e importa"

Item RCA Victor 27604-A

"Dusk-Tango (Rain in Spain)" by Stanley Adams-Xavier Dugat Xavier Cugat & his Orch.

Item Master Music 2008

A."El Tirili" B."Wine-O Boogie"

Item RCA Victor 27604-B

"Gypsy Airs-Tango" (Aires Gitanos) (Sarasate-arr. Cugat) Xavier Cugat and his Orch.

Item Tico El rey Del Manbo 10-290

A. "Historia de un Amor" (Carlos Almaran) B. Infiel (Gaston Perez) Trio Los Panchos

Item DOA-17558

"I love My Rancho Grande" by Freddy Fender 1975

Item Combo 501

A."Negro Corazon" B."Baila mi Mambo"

Item Delmar Productions DM-F-2013

A."Nostalgia" B."La Lola" by Don Tosti & Raul Diaz

Item Taxco 3020

A."Nostalgia" B. "Mi Dolor"

Item Discos Taxco RS-318-A

A. "Pachuco Boogie" B. "Guisa Gacho" (Don Tosti) Cuarteto Don Ramon 108

Item Pachuco Boogie Productions 4-5-51

A. "Pachuco Boogie" by Raul Diaz & Don Tosti B. "Crusin Night's" by Raul Diaz & “T.O.S.H."

Item America Records 110

A."Vine por ti" B."Envidiosa"

Item Peerless 2839

A."Vine por Ti"

Item RCA Victor 23-6918

"Vine Por Ti-Bolero" (I'm Yours) (Don Tosti) Ruben Reyes y Orquesta Pablo Beltran Ruiz

Item DOA-17558

"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" by Freddy Fender 1975



Reel A17848

1."Let Me" 2."Crazy" etc. undated

Reel A17849

1."Envious Moon" 2."Crazy" etc. undated

Reel A17850

Calif Credit Union Spot 1/21/1971

Reel A17851

Bi Noraul undated

Reel A17852

Mexican Rock undated

Reel A17853

Young and Rubicam undated

Reel A17854

“All His Numbers” undated

Reel A17855

Palm Desert Country Club Spots undated

Reel A17856

Quintero Organ 12/26/1970

Reel A17857

1.“Let Me” 2.“Crazy” etc undated

Reel A17858

unknown (box and reel not marked) undated

Reel A17859

unknown (box and reel not marked undated

Reel A17860

1.“Lola,” 2.“Boogie” etc. undated

Reel A17861

“Show and Tell” etc. undated

Reel A17862

1st set Ipanema undated

Reel A17863

Side 1 undated

Reel A17864

1.“La Lola,” 2.“Nostalgia” undated

Reel A17865

1."La Lola”, 2.“Nostalgia”Tape 9-28-1978 9/28/1978

Reel A17866

Alfred and Tosti Demo. 1/17/1974

Reel A17867

1.“You’re in Summertime” etc. undated

Reel A17868

Tosti, Sterling undated

Reel A17869

“Carpenters” undated

Reel A17870

Don Tosti Tones in Front 9/11/1978

Reel A17871

Mode Art undated

Reel A17872

Complete Master Tapes Crazy, etc. undated

Reel A17873

“Envious Moon” etc. undated

Reel A17874

Botsford Constantine 1969

Reel A17875

"Vine Por Ti"/"Burlate", etc. undated

Reel A17876

Rose Mary Scott [singer?] MOLD undated

Reel A17877

1.“La Lola”, 2.“Nostalgia” undated

Reel A17878

unidentified undated

Reel A17879

Man & A Woman, etc undated

Reel A17880

Marco [and] Tosti. All Side One undated

Reel A19247

Carlos Chavez, Coleman Hawkins Memorial (side 1). Don Ellis in Concert, Aaron Copeland "Young People's Concert", Leonard Bernstein "Young People's Concert (side 2) 7/1/1969

Reel A19248

Fiddler on the Roof 11/30/1969

Reel A19249

Conversations with a Psychiatrist 6/22/1969

Reel A19250

Dial M for Music 8/8/1969

Reel A19251

Tape #1: "History de Mexico" with Prof. Sam Mayo ( KCET- Ch.28) 10/11/1971

Reel A19252

Tape #2: "History de Mexico" with Prof. Sam Mayo ( KCET- Ch.28) 10/28/1971

Reel A19253

Tape #3: "History de Mexico" with Prof. Sam Mayo ( KCET- Ch.28) 11/19/1971

Reel A19254

Tape #4: "History de Mexico" with Prof. Sam Mayo ( KCET- Ch.28) 12/6/1971

Reel A19256

untitled undated

Reel A19257

untitled undated

Reel A19258

untitled undated

Reel A19259

El Tostado undated

Reel A19260

Homeorama undated

Reel A19261

Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street undated

Reel A19262

Guajira, etc. undated

Reel A19263

Rehearsal : Tosti, Larry Guba, Greg Molina Jr., Mika Rita 7/31/1964

Reel A19264

Friar's Tribute to Don Rickles undated

Reel A19265

Kool/ Dead Guide undated

Reel A19266

untitled undated

Reel A19267

Dave Kohr, Tim West : Live Recordings undated

Reel A19268

untitled undated

Reel A19269

untitled undated

Reel A19270

untitled undated

Reel A19271

untitled undated