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Trío Matamoros

The Trío Matamoros was one of the most popular Cuban trova groups. It was formed in 1925 by Miguel Matamoros (8 May 1894 in Santiago de Cuba – 15 April 1971; guitar), Rafael Cueto (14 March 1900 in Santiago de Cuba – 7 August 1991; guitar) and Siro Rodríguez (9 December 1899 in Santiago de Cuba – Regla, 29 March 1981; maracas and claves). All three were singers and composers.

The Trío Matamoros played boleros and son. They toured all Latin America and Europe and recorded in New York. In 1940 Guillermo Portabales performed with the trio. Matamoros expanded the trio into a conjunto (Conjunto Matamoros) for a trip to Mexico and hired the young Beny Moré as singer from 1945 to 1947. They recorded many 78 rpm records and LPs; some of their output is available on CDs. The group were renowned for the harmony of their voices, and the quality of the lyrics.

Miguel Matamoros was one of the greatest and most prolific composers of Cuban son. His first hit was "El que siembra su maíz" (He who sows his corn), followed by classics such as "Lágrimas negras" (Black tears) and "Son de la loma". The group, whose members stayed together for 35 years, announced their disbandment in May 1961. Their last concert had taken place in New York the year before.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1925

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 143 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-45064 10-in. 5/28/1928 Promesa Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45065 10-in. 5/28/1928 Juramentos Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45066 10-in. 5/28/1928 Son de la loma Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental ensemble Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45067 10-in. 5/29/1928 Olvido Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45068 10-in. 5/29/1928 Mujer celosa Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45069 10-in. 5/29/1928 Dulce embeleso Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45070 10-in. 5/29/1928 Tito me rompió la máquina Trío Matamoros Male vocal trio, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45071 10-in. 5/29/1928 Visiones Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45072 10-in. 5/29/1928 Luz que no alumbra Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45073 10-in. 5/29/1928 Mata y Beby Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45074 10-in. 5/29/1928 Pobre Bohemia Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45075 10-in. 5/29/1928 Mi ropa Trío Matamoros Male vocal trio, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45076 10-in. 5/29/1928 Mariposita de primavera Trío Matamoros Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45077 10-in. 5/29/1928 El que siembra su maíz Trío Matamoros Male vocal trio, with 2 guitars and claves Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45539 10-in. 5/31/1928 Santiaguera Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45540 10-in. 5/31/1928 Regálame el ticket Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45541 10-in. 5/31/1928 Elixir de la vida Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45542 10-in. 5/31/1928 El voto y la mujer Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45543 10-in. 5/31/1928 La noche triunfal Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor BVE-45544 10-in. 5/31/1928 ¿Por qué pasaron? Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor XVE-48257 10-in. 12/11/1928 Frutas del Caney Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor XVE-48258 10-in. 12/11/1928 ¡A Ud. que le importa! Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor XVE-48260 10-in. 12/11/1928 El consejo Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio Vocal group  
Victor BVE-53950 10-in. 7/26/1929 Advertencia Trío Matamoros Male vocal trio, with 2 guitars Vocal group  
Victor BVE-53951 10-in. 7/26/1929 Nada más Trío Matamoros Male vocal trio, with 2 guitars Vocal group  
(Results 1-25 of 143 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Trío Matamoros," accessed November 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102201.

Trío Matamoros. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102201.

"Trío Matamoros." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 November 2020.

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