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 51-65 of 65 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor 033027 10-in. 3/24/1939 Quem quiser saber meu nome Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, songwriter  
Victor 033029 10-in. 3/24/1939 O gosto que o beijo tem Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet vocalist  
Victor 033031 10-in. 3/24/1939 Os bailes de agora Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, songwriter  
Victor 033032 10-in. 3/25/1939 Na fazenda do Janjão Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor 033033 10-in. 3/25/1939 Catenguerê Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor 033034 10-in. 3/25/1939 Arabô Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, vocalist  
Victor 033035 10-in. 3/25/1939 Bananeira Raul Torres Guitar solo composer, vocalist  
Victor 033036 10-in. 3/27/1939 Mandamento das muié Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, songwriter  
Victor 033039 10-in. 3/27/1939 Moda do preguiçoso Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with viola caipira (guitar) vocalist, songwriter  
Victor 033040 10-in. 3/27/1939 Suspira meu bem suspira Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble leader, songwriter  
Victor 033041 10-in. 3/27/1939 Meu cavalo zaino Raul Torres Male vocal solo composer, vocalist  
Victor 033042 10-in. 3/27/1939 Festança no rancho fundo Embaixada ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor 033043 10-in. 3/27/1939 Do lado que o vento vae Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet composer, vocalist  
Victor 033044 10-in. 3/27/1939 O meu boi barroso Raul Torres Male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor 033394 10-in. 4/25/1940 Paraguayita Serrinha ; Raul Torres Male vocal duet songwriter, vocalist  
(Results 51-65 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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