Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b Jan Augustoff, c'12, NYC; d 17 Jan. '76) Pianist. Self-taught; played Greenwich Village clubs as teenager; later played xylophone with Paul Whiteman, Ferde Grof‚. Cocktail piano in clubs, records on Mercury; accent on pseudo-Latin beat then considered sophisticated ("Malaguena', "Oye Negra', "My Shawl', etc. "Misirlou' biggest hit '47 (Greek song from '34); "Bewitched' (with Harmonicats) '50, "Theme From Three Penny Opera' ("Moritat') under Richard Hayman's name '56 also hits.