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|
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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