Raul Torres

For the Texas politician, see Raul Torres (Texas politician)

Raul Montes Torres (b. Botucatu, Sao Paulo, July 11, 1906 - d. July 12, 1970) was a Brazilian caipira artist.

Torres came from a family of poor Spanish immigrants. His first appearance on Brazilian radio was in 1927 on Rádio Educadora Paulista and Rádio Cruzeiro do Sul; that same year, he made his first recordings on Brasilphone, with the songs "Segura o Coco, Maria" b/w "Verde e Amarelo." As his fame grew in Brazil, Torres assembled a group, Raul Torres e sua Embaixada, and toured Paraguay in 1935, and again in 1944 and 1950; he became the principal reason for the increased popularity of caipira in that country. A star in Rio de Janeiro, Torres recorded profusely in the 1930s and 1940s, recording with João Pacífico, Lamartine Babo, Francisco Alves, Sílvio Caldas, Jaime Vogeler, Noel Rosa, and Moreira da Silva. From 1937 to 1942, Torres recorded with his nephew, Antenor Serra; among their releases were the Brazilian hit singles "Cigana," "Meu Cavalo Zaino," and "Boiada Cuiabana." After this, Torres recorded with Florêncio (João Baptista Pinto).

Torres recorded 456 songs before his death in 1970, and songs that he sang or wrote were covered frequently by other caipira musicians. His music profoundly influenced the development of sertanejo music; the genre's most prominent exponents, such as Leandro e Leonardo and Chitãozinho e Xororó, have all recorded songs written by Torres.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1906, Died 1970

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1944

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

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 65 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor 65869 10-in. 10/23/1933 Boi amarelinho Ascendino Lisboa ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 65870 10-in. 10/23/1933 Pro mode namoração Ascendino Lisboa ; Raul Torres ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor 80343 10-in. 3/18/1937 Boi amarelinho Alvarenga ; Ranchinho Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer  
Victor 80425 10-in. 5/31/1937 Vida apertada Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 80426 10-in. 5/31/1937 A cigana Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 80427 10-in. 5/31/1937 Ouro branco Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 80429 10-in. 5/31/1937 Adeus campina da serra Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) songwriter, vocalist  
Victor 80430 10-in. 5/31/1937 Namoro de cantadô Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, composer  
Victor 80431 10-in. 5/31/1937 Cidade de campinas Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, composer  
Victor 80432 10-in. 6/2/1937 O moço sertanejo Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, songwriter  
Victor 80433 10-in. 5/31/1937 Trovas populares Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 80434 10-in. 6/2/1937 Tristeza do meu rancho Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist  
Victor 80435 10-in. 6/3/1937 Chico mulato Embaixada ; João Pacífico ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet and guitar, with instrumental ensemble songwriter, leader, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor 80436 10-in. 6/3/1937 O que ficou no sertão Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and male vocal group songwriter, leader  
Victor 80437 10-in. 6/3/1937 Que linda morena Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 80438 10-in. 6/3/1937 Embolada dos compadres Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader, composer  
Victor 80439 10-in. 6/3/1937 Bela não deu Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80446 10-in. 6/5/1937 Eu tenho pena Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80447 10-in. 6/5/1937 Quando o sol descamba Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80448 10-in. 6/5/1937 Jangada do norte Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80449 10-in. 6/5/1937 O pretinho do rosário Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80607 10-in. 10/13/1937 Não preciso trabalhar Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, vocalist  
Victor 80639 10-in. 12/21/1937 Arranjei um novo amor Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, vocalist  
Victor 80640 10-in. 12/22/1937 É o papudo quem dá Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, vocalist  
Victor 80645 10-in. 12/22/1937 Baiana eu bem te dizia Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 65 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Torres, Raul," accessed May 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107351.

Torres, Raul. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107351.

"Torres, Raul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107351

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