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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 (Results 51-75 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 84 records)

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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