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 26-50 of 65 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor 80646 10-in. 12/22/1937 Neném sai da garoa Raul Torres Male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor 80730 10-in. 4/7/1938 Boiada cuyabana Serrinha ; Raul Torres ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, composer  
Victor 80731 10-in. 4/7/1938 Vióla e baralho Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, composer  
Victor 80732 10-in. 4/7/1938 Josefina Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist  
Victor 80733 10-in. 4/7/1938 Morena bonita Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist  
Victor BAVE-80734 10-in. 4/7/1938 Adeus casinha do alto Raul Torres ; Violeiros Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor 80735 10-in. 4/8/1938 Eu sou festeiro Embaixada ; Raul Torres Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, leader  
Victor 80736 10-in. 4/8/1938 São João do Rancho Fundo Embaixada ; Raul Torres Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80737 10-in. 4/8/1938 Que moça bonita Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) and instrumental ensemble songwriter, vocalist  
Victor 80738 10-in. 4/8/1938 Balanceiro da usina Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80739 10-in. 4/9/1938 A mulher e o rádio Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet vocalist, songwriter  
Victor 80740 10-in. 4/9/1938 Atrevida da saudade Raul Torres ; Violeiros Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor 80741 10-in. 4/9/1944 Eu escrevi o teu nome Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet vocalist, composer  
Victor 80741 10-in. 4/9/1938 Eu escrevi teu nome Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, composer  
Victor 80742 10-in. 4/9/1938 Carreiro caprichoso Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist  
Victor 80744 10-in. 4/11/1939 Vinte e cinco amor que eu tive Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, composer  
Victor 80745 10-in. 4/11/1938 Morena não amo mais Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, composer  
Victor 80746 10-in. 4/11/1938 Maruca do Jaú Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist  
Victor 80747 10-in. 4/11/1938 Triste apartamento Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 80748 10-in. 4/12/1938 Violeiro casado Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) composer, vocalist  
Victor 80749 10-in. 4/12/1938 Saudades de matão Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble lyricist, leader  
Victor BAVE-80750 10-in. 4/12/1938 Uma casa sem mulher Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80751 10-in. 4/12/1938 Ranchinho abandonado Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter, vocalist  
Victor 80752 10-in. 4/12/1938 A vorta do mundo é crué Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor 80753 10-in. 4/12/1938 Anima o coco dadá Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
(Results 26-50 of 65 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Torres, Raul," accessed May 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107351.

Torres, Raul. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107351.

"Torres, Raul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 May 2021.

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

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