Valdes-Blain’s family said Friday he died at home April 2. He was 89.
Valdes-Blain was born in Cuba and immigrated to New York as a child. In the 1930s he and his brother Alberto had a weekly music show on WNYC radio.
After serving in World War II he toured worldwide, performed with the Spanish Ballet and appeared in Tennessee Williams’ Broadway play “Camino Real.” He also composed the music for the play “Bullfight.”