Latin Music Classics in Bolero

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I came across a great article which tells the story of two Latin music Bolero classics, one of which was even performed by the Beatles (and includes the video to prove it).

Consuelo Velazquez at piano
Mexican singer songwriter Consuelo Velazquez was 25 years old when she wrote “Bésame Mucho”.

Before I take you to the article the history of the classics “Bésame Mucho” and “Solamente Una Vez“, both written coincidentally in 1941 by Mexican songwriters Consuelo Velazquez and Agustín Lara respectively, let me briefly wet your appetite for it.

The Bolero is a great Latin music genre of slow music made for romantic themes. Before I learned to dance Salsa in my youth, I could at least dance Boleros.

But the late Puerto Rican songwriter Tite Curet Alonso made an interesting remark about the Bolero, explained exquisitely by Panamanian singer-songwriter Ruben Blades. Here’s the video of Ruben’s explanation of what Tite Curet considered the essence of Boleros:

I hope you enjoy it!

…and if you want to learn more about the Bolero, I had a great interview with legendary Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera, where he gave me his perspectives on it HERE.

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