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Beny Moré

Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré Gutiérrez (24 August 1919 – 19 February 1963), better known as Benny Moré (also spelled Beny Moré), was a Cuban singer, bandleader and songwriter. Due to his fluid tenor voice and his great expressivity, he was known variously as El Bárbaro del Ritmo and El Sonero Mayor. Moré was a master of the soneo – the art of vocal improvisation in son cubano – and many of his tunes developed this way. He often took part in controversias (vocal duels) with other singers like Cheo Marquetti and Joseíto Fernández. Apart from son cubano, Moré was a popular singer of guarachas, cha cha cha, mambo, son montuno, and boleros.

Moré started his career with the Trío Matamoros in the 1940s and after a tour in Mexico he decided to stay in the country. Both Moré and dancer Ninón Sevilla made their cinematic debut in 1946's Carita de cielo, but Moré focused on his music career. In the late 1940s, he sang guaracha-mambos with Pérez Prado, achieving great success. Moré returned to Cuba in 1952 and worked with Bebo Valdés and Ernesto Duarte. In 1953, he formed the Banda Gigante, which became one of the leading Cuban big bands of the 1950s. He suffered from alcoholism and died of liver cirrhosis in 1963 at the age of 43.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 28, 1916 (Cienfuegos), Died February 19, 1963 (Havana)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1948 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, leader, lyricist

Notes: Beny Moré's full name is Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré. His nickname is sometimes spelled "Benny."

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-091049 10-in. before 12/10/1948 Dinero nomas Beny Moré ; Orquesta Mariano Mercerón Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor MBS-091233 10-in. before 5/31/1949 Mangolele Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, composer  
Victor MBS-091234 10-in. before 5/31/1949 Sera la negra Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-091792 10-in. before 4/26/1950 La múcura Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-091823 10-in. before 2/23/1950 Babarabatiri Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor MBS-091825 10-in. before 3/17/1950 Tocineta Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-091826 10-in. before 2/23/1950 Dolor karabaly Hermanas Gaona ; Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band composer, vocalist  
Victor MBS-091847 10-in. before 3/17/1950 Ana María Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-091850 10-in. before 7/19/1950 Guajiro Hermanas Gaona ; Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band composer, vocalist  
Victor MBS-091852 10-in. before 6/1/1950 Locas por el mambo Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, vocalist  
Victor MBS-091964 10-in. before 10/2/1950 María Cristina Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-091966 10-in. before 2/10/1950 Pachito e-ché Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor MBS-091968 10-in. before 2/10/1950 A romper el coco Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-091969 10-in. before 4/26/1950 Mambo ete Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-092379 10-in. before 4/22/1952 Anabacoa Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and male vocal ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092381 10-in. before 1/9/1951 Mamboletas Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer, vocalist  
Victor MBS-092469 10-in. before 11/22/1950 San Fernando Beny Moré ; Orquesta Rafael de Paz Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092470 10-in. before 11/22/1950 ¿Dónde estabas tú? Beny Moré ; Orquesta Rafael de Paz Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092763 10-in. before 5/1/1951 Ah, Bárbara Beny Moré ; Orquesta Rafael de Paz Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092764 10-in. before 5/1/1951 Qué pasará Beny Moré ; Orquesta Rafael de Paz Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-093022 10-in. before 6/5/1951 Esta noche, corazón Tony Camargo ; Beny Moré ; Orquesta Chucho Rodríguez Male vocal duet, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-093023 10-in. before 6/5/1951 Sin razón ni justicia Tony Camargo ; Beny Moré ; Orquesta Chucho Rodríguez Male vocal duet, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor MBS-093106 10-in. before 9/25/1951 Deja que suba la marea Tony Camargo ; Hermanas Gaona ; Beny Moré ; Pérez Prado Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solos and female vocal trio vocalist  
Victor MBS-093110 10-in. before 8/21/1951 Amor fugaz Orquesta Rafael de Paz ; María Victoria Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble. composer  
Victor MBS-093216 10-in. before 1/22/1952 Encantado de la vida Conjunto Beny Moré ; Lalo Guerrero Male vocal duet, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Moré, Beny," accessed May 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104294.

Moré, Beny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104294.

"Moré, Beny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 May 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104294

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