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
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 84 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
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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