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Ignacio Piñeiro

Ignacio Piñeiro Martínez (May 21, 1888 – March 12, 1969) was a Cuban musician, bandleader and composer whose career started in rumba and flowered in the rise of the son. He was one of the most important composers of son music; in total he wrote about 327 numbers, mostly sones.

Piñeiro was a brilliant rumbero who worked with musical groups from 1903 onwards. In 1906, was a member of the Timbre de Oro coro de clave y guaguancó (a vocal group precursor of contemporary guaguancó), and later directed Los Roncos, another famous coro de guaguancó. He was taught the double bass by María Teresa Vera, and in 1926 he was a member of her band, Sexteto Occidente, which recorded in New York City. In 1927 he founded the Sexteto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro, later simply known as Sexteto Nacional, in which he was the director and songwriter. With the addition of a trumpet the band became the Septeto Nacional.

For financial reasons, Piñeiro quit the group in 1935; it was then led by trumpet player Lázaro Herrera until the group disbanded in 1937. Piñeiro became for some years the leader and principal songwriter of Los Roncos. The Septeto Nacional was recreated several times from 1954 onwards, initially under Piñeiro's direction, and it continues to perform.

Piñeiro's composition "Échale salsita" (written on a train to Chicago in 1930, and the first song use of the world "salsa" in son) influenced George Gershwin's Cuban Overture. The two met when Gershwin visited Cuba in February 1932. Many of Piñeiro's songs have been performed by other artists like Ray Barretto ("Don Lengua") and René Álvarez ("A la lae la la"). In 1999, Piñeiro was posthumously inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 21, 1888 (Havana), Died March 12, 1969 (Havana)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, string bass, lyricist, director, leader, songwriter

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33424 10-in. 9/21/1925 Los curas gallegos Juan De la Cruz ; Bienvenido León Male vocal duet, with guitar composer  
Victor BVE-33425 10-in. 9/21/1925 Marcha carabalí Juan De la Cruz ; Bienvenido León Male vocal duet, with guitar composer  
Victor BVE-40633 10-in. 10/20/1927 Esas no son Cubanas Sexteto Habanero Vocal and instrumental sextet composer  
Victor BVE-45533 10-in. 5/29/1928 No juegues con los santos Sexteto Habanero Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-45534 10-in. 5/29/1928 Alma guajira Sexteto Habanero Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-62792 10-in. 7/14/1930 Suavecito Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-62794 10-in. 7/14/1930 Llegó la tora Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-63394 10-in. 10/15/1930 Nació en oriente Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-63641 10-in. 9/11/1930 No se sabe como vive Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BVE-63642 10-in. 9/11/1930 Dámelo Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BVE-64374 10-in. 11/25/1930 La mulata cubana Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor XVE-67187 10-in. 2/27/1931 Son que quita las penas Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor XVE-67188 10-in. 2/27/1931 Entre preciosos palmares Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor XVE-67189 10-in. 2/27/1931 Que bonito es Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor XVE-67190 10-in. 2/27/1931 A cogerlo Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor PBS-68430 10-in. 2/9/1933 La cachimba de San Juan Carlos Molina Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet; with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BRC-70288 10-in. 10/15/1931 La cachimba de San Juan Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BS-73520 10-in. 9/16/1932 Buey viejo Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-73521 10-in. 9/16/1932 Busca el alfiler Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-73565 10-in. 9/23/1932 Entre tinieblas Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-73580 10-in. 9/26/1932 Don lengua Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-73786 10-in. 10/7/1932 Mentira Salomé Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-73788 10-in. 10/7/1932 Misionera Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-75331 10-in. 2/28/1933 El castigador Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-75333 10-in. 2/28/1933 Échale salsita Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-75334 10-in. 2/28/1933 Juégame limpio Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-76558 10-in. 6/30/1933 Échale salsita Orquesta Enrique Bryón Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-76888 10-in. 8/11/1933 Hay que bailarlo suave Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-76889 10-in. 8/11/1933 Bardo Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-76890 10-in. 8/11/1933 Me arrepiento Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-76891 10-in. 8/11/1933 Rosa morada Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble director  
Victor BS-76892 10-in. 8/11/1933 De pelota no Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble director  
Victor BS-76893 10-in. 8/11/1933 La lira del poeta Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-76894 10-in. 8/11/1933 Las nenas no lloran Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble director  
Victor BS-76895 10-in. 8/11/1933 Libre albedrío Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-76896 10-in. 8/12/1933 Papaíto, no llores Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, leader  
Victor BS-76897 10-in. 8/12/1933 Trompeta querida Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble director  
Victor BS-76898 10-in. 8/12/1933 La dichosa suegra Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble director  
Victor BS-76899 10-in. 8/12/1933 Canta la Vueltabajera Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-76900 10-in. 8/12/1933 Los rumberos de la Habana Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-76901 10-in. 8/12/1933 Tupi Septeto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, director  
Victor BS-81966 10-in. 3/20/1934 Lindas cubanas Cuarteto Machín Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-95579 10-in. 10/25/1935 Házme un cuento más Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BS-98050 10-in. 11/8/1935 La hada misteriosa Septeto Machín Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-98341 10-in. 11/29/1935 Mucho ojo Septeto Machín Vocal and instrumental septet composer  
Victor G-1550 10-in. 10/18/1916 Lo típico de Cuba Terceto "Nano" Male vocal trio, with guitar composer  
Victor G-1685 10-in. 10/30/1916 Las engañitas María Teresa y Zequeira Female-male vocal duet, with guitar lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-010855 10-in. 6/15/1937 Algo bueno Septeto Anacaona Female vocal and instrumental septet composer  
Victor BS-010856 10-in. 6/15/1937 Oh, marambé marambá Septeto Anacaona Female vocal and instrumental septet composer  
Victor BS-010923 10-in. 6/17/1937 Calla companero Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet director  
Victor BS-010924 10-in. 6/17/1937 El guajiro Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet director  
Victor BS-010925 10-in. 6/17/1937 Espejismo de amor Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet director  
Victor BS-010926 10-in. 6/17/1937 Un toque Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet director  
Victor BS-010927 10-in. 6/17/1937 Los guaracheros Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet director  
Victor BS-010928 10-in. 6/17/1937 A gozar la conga Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet director  
Victor BS-028903 10-in. 9/26/1938 Suavecito Orquesta Casino de la Playa Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-037008 10-in. before 6/27/1939 Yo son moruá Orquesta Casino de la Playa ; Miguelito Valdés Re-recording : Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W95237 10-in. November 1926 No tumbo caña Sexteto "Occidente" Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W95935 10-in. October 1927 Ésas no son cubanas Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W95937 10-in. October 1927 Cubaneo Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W95940 10-in. October 1927 El rey de los bongoseros Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W95947 10-in. October 1927 Por un beso de tu boca Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W95949 10-in. October 1927 Virulilla, virulilla Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W95950 10-in. October 1927 Mamá se quema la maya Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia S96232 10-in. approximately 1928 Falsa boca Sexteto Nacional Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia S96235 10-in. approximately 1928 Una noche de conga Sexteto Nacional Instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96633 10-in. July 1928 Sutileza Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96634 10-in. July 1928 ¡Ay! Mamá Inés Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96635 10-in. July 1928 Ay, guarina Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96638 10-in. July 1928 No te preocupes del mundo Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96639 10-in. July 1928 Siboney Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96640 10-in. July 1928 Canta pajarito Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96641 10-in. July 1928 Sierra morena Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96642 10-in. August 1928 Adolorido Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96644 10-in. August 1928 Oye mi dulce tres Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, string bass  
Columbia W96666 10-in. July 1928 ¡Pepillito!... Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, string bass  
Brunswick E32939 10-in. 6/3/1930 Fuego en la Maya Sexteto Machin Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick HV32989 10-in. June 1930 No creas que está llorando Ignacio Piñeiro ; Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet leader, composer  
Brunswick HV32990 10-in. June 1930 Suavecito Ignacio Piñeiro ; Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet leader, composer  
Brunswick HV32991 10-in. June 1930 Quémala Ignacio Piñeiro ; Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet leader, composer  
Brunswick HV32992 10-in. June 1930 Incitadora región Ignacio Piñeiro ; Septeto Nacional Vocal and instrumental septet leader, composer  
Gramophone 0PG114 10-in. 10/10/1932 La cachimba de San Juan Don Azpiazu’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Gramophone BJ2562 10-in. 10/3/1929 Arriba guajiro Septeto Nacional Cuba Instrumental ensemble composer  
Gramophone BJ2563 10-in. 10/3/1929 Asturias, patria querida Septeto Nacional Cuba Instrumental ensemble composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Piñeiro, Ignacio," accessed October 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109682.

Piñeiro, Ignacio. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109682.

"Piñeiro, Ignacio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 October 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109682

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