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Wildman of rhythm : the life & music of Benny Moré /
John Radanovich.
imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2009.
description
xviii, 194 p., [20] p. of plates : ill.
ISBN
9780813033938 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
Subjects
personal subject
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imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2009.
isbn
9780813033938 (alk. paper)
contents note
La Guinea, 1919-1935 -- Rumba, son, and the orchestras -- Sugar, guitars, vertientes, 1935-1940 -- Havana apprenticeship, 1940-1943 -- Conjunto Matamoros, 1944-1945 -- In the land of the Aztecs, 1945-1948 -- Locas por el mambo, 1948-1950 -- Return to Cuba voice first, 1950-1952 -- Duarte, 1952-1953 -- La Banda Gigante, 1953-1954 -- Son montuno and Murder Inc -- The hogs and the hits, 1955-1956 -- Recordings, tours, 1957-1959 -- Revolution and death, 1959-1963 -- Influence.
catalogue key
6966458
 
Discography: p. [177]-187.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Radanovich has written for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and covered the New York music scene for the Bergen Record newspaper. He has written about Latin music, jazz, and world music for Off-beat and Down Beat.
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Summaries
Main Description
Benny Mor (1919-1963) was the greatest singer Cuba has ever produced. Among Cubans and Cuban exiles alike, his name evokes overwhelming nostalgia for the power of his expressive boleros, for his tributes to beloved guajiro (country) towns, and for the irresistible excitement of his up-tempo songs. He was a lightning rod at the center of one of the richest historical eras of the entire twentieth century, the golden age of Cuban music, itself a very special moment in eighty or more years of Cuban popular music history. Born Bartolom Maximiliano Gutirrez Mor Armenteros, he is known to millions of Cuban music fans as, simply, Benny.
Description for Bookstore
The first English-language biography of the singer known as the Cuban Sinatra "An important and highly entertaining book that tells the story of the great and troubled Cuban singer Benny MorÉ. Helps roll back the curtain that often comes between American audiences and their appreciation of the great musical cultures to the south."--Sam Charters, author ofA Language of Song: Journeys into the Musical World of the African Diaspora Benny MorÉ (1919-1963) was one of the giants at the center of the golden age of Cuban music. Arguably the greatest singer ever to come from the island, his name is still spoken with reverence and nostalgia by Cubans and Cuban exiles alike. Unable to read music, he nevertheless wrote more than a dozen Cuban standards. His band helped shape what came to be known as the Afro-Cuban sound and, later, salsa. MorÉ epitomized the Cuban big-band era and was one of the most important precursors to the music later featured in theBuena Vista Social Club.Even now, to hear his recordings for the first time, it is impossible not to be thrilled and amazed. Journalist John Radanovich has spent years tracking down the musicians who knew MorÉ and MorÉ family members, seeking out rare recordings and little-known photographs. Radanovich provides the definitive biography of the man and his music, whose legacy was forgotten in the larger scheme of political difficulties between the U.S. and Cuba. Even the exact spelling of MorÉ's first name was unknown until now. The author also examines the milieu of Cuban music in the 1950s, when Havana was the playground of Hollywood stars and the Mafia ran the nightclubs and casinos.
Description for Bookstore
The first English-language biography of the singer known as the Cuban Sinatra "An important and highly entertaining book that tells the story of the great and troubled Cuban singer Benny More. Helps roll back the curtain that often comes between American audiences and their appreciation of the great musical cultures to the south."--Sam Charters, author of A Language of Song: Journeys into the Musical World of the African Diaspora "An informative and compelling chronicle on the life of Cuba's most dazzling singer, Benny More, tidily strung together as a series of small bright story-jewels."--Ann Louise Bardach, author of Cuba Confidential Benny More (1919-1963) was one of the giants at the center of the golden age of Cuban music. Arguably the greatest singer ever to come from the island, his name is still spoken with reverence and nostalgia by Cubans and Cuban exiles alike. Unable to read music, he nevertheless wrote more than a dozen Cuban standards. His band helped shape what came to be known as the Afro-Cuban sound and, later, salsa. More epitomized the Cuban big-band era and was one of the most important precursors to the music later featured in the Buena Vista Social Club. Even now, to hear his recordings for the first time, it is impossible not to be thrilled and amazed. Journalist John Radanovich has spent years tracking down the musicians who knew More and More family members, seeking out rare recordings and little-known photographs. Radanovich provides the definitive biography of the man and his music, whose legacy was forgotten in the larger scheme of political difficulties between the United States and Cuba. Even the exact spelling of More's first name was unknown until now. The author also examines the milieu of Cuban music in the 1950s, when Havana was the playground of Hollywood stars and the Mafia ran the nightclubs and casinos.
Description for Bookstore
The first English-language biography of the singer known as the Cuban Sinatra "An important and highly entertaining book that tells the story of the great and troubled Cuban singer Benny More. Helps roll back the curtain that often comes between American audiences and their appreciation of the great musical cultures to the south."--Sam Charters, author ofA Language of Song: Journeys into the Musical World of the African Diaspora "An informative and compelling chronicle on the life of Cuba's most dazzling singer, Benny More, tidily strung together as a series of small bright story-jewels."--Ann Louise Bardach, author of Cuba Confidential Benny More (1919-1963) was one of the giants at the center of the golden age of Cuban music. Arguably the greatest singer ever to come from the island, his name is still spoken with reverence and nostalgia by Cubans and Cuban exiles alike. Unable to read music, he nevertheless wrote more than a dozen Cuban standards. His band helped shape what came to be known as the Afro-Cuban sound and, later, salsa. More epitomized the Cuban big-band era and was one of the most important precursors to the music later featured in the Buena Vista Social Club. Even now, to hear his recordings for the first time, it is impossible not to be thrilled and amazed. Journalist John Radanovich has spent years tracking down the musicians who knew More and More family members, seeking out rare recordings and little-known photographs. Radanovich provides the definitive biography of the man and his music, whose legacy was forgotten in the larger scheme of political difficulties between the United States and Cuba. Even the exact spelling of More's first name was unknown until now. The author also examines the milieu of Cuban music in the 1950s, when Havana was the playground of Hollywood stars and the Mafia ran the nightclubs and casinos.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologuep. 1
La Guinea, 1919-1935p. 6
Rumba, Son, and the Orchestrasp. 14
Sugar, Guitars, Vertientes, 1935-1940p. 18
Havana Apprenticeship, 1940-1943p. 24
Conjunto Matamoros, 1944-1945p. 30
In the Land of the Aztecs, 1945-1948p. 35
Locas por el Mambo, 1948-1950p. 51
Return to Cuba Voice First, 1950-1952p. 58
Duarte, 1952-1953p. 67
La Banda Gigante, 1953-1954p. 73
Son Montuno and Murder Incp. 91
The Hogs and the Hits, 1955-1956p. 101
Recordings, Tours, 1957-1959p. 123
Revolution and Death, 1959-1963p. 140
Influencep. 158
Notesp. 161
Sourcesp. 173
Discographyp. 177
Indexp. 189
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