Nilo Menéndez

Nilo Menéndez Barnet (Matanzas, 26 September 1902 - Burbank, California, 15 September 1987) was a Cuban-born naturalized American songwriter. Menéndez came to the United States in 1924 when he was 22. He wrote his best known song "Aquellos Ojos Verdes" in 1929 and was recorded several times by Latin artists and translated into English in 1931. The song became a major hit when Jimmy Dorsey recorded it as "Green Eyes" around 1941.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 26, 1902 (Matanzas), Died September 15, 1987 (Burbank)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, piano, composer, vocalist, arranger, songwriter, lyricist

= 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 BAVE-60931 10-in. Aug.-Sept. 1931 Aquellos ojos verdes Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BAVE-60961 10-in. 9/16/1931 Aquellos ojos verdes Isabel Marengo Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-62737 10-in. 6/19/1930 Otro amor por quien llorar Juan Arvizu Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer  
Victor BVE-62738 10-in. 6/19/1930 Aquellos ojos verdes Juan Arvizu Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer  
Victor XVE-67159 10-in. 2/19/1931 Aquellos ojos verdes Antonio Machín ; Orquesta Antonio M. Romeu ; Daniel Sánchez Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet composer  
Victor BRC-69688 10-in. 6/4/1931 Green eyes Don Azpiazu ; Chick Bullock ; Havana Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BRC-71267 10-in. 1/21/1932 Green eyes Georges Metaxa Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BSHQ-73062 10-in. 7/5/1932 Besa Juan Arvizu Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars (takes 1 and 2); with violin, cello, and piano (takes 3 and 4) instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BSHQ-73063 10-in. 7/5/1932 Falsa Juan Arvizu Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars (takes 1 and 2); with violin, cello, and piano (takes 3 and 4) instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BSHQ-73097 10-in. 7/11/1932 Amor de ciego Juan Arvizu Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BSHQ-73098 10-in. 7/11/1932 Quién Juan Arvizu Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BSHQ-73102 10-in. 7/12/1932 ¿Porque me dejaste, amor? Juan Arvizu Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BAVE-74235 10-in. July 1933 Aquellos ojos verdes Don Dean ; Estudiantes de Hollywood Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-82503 10-in. 5/9/1934 Canción de cuna Hebe Marin Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader  
Victor BS-82504 10-in. 5/9/1934 Alma de bohemio Hebe Marin Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader  
Victor BS-82505 10-in. 5/9/1934 Princesa Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Victor BS-82506 10-in. 5/9/1934 Con picante y sin picante Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-82507 10-in. 5/9/1934 El chicharronero Orquesta Nilo Menéndez ; Nano Rodrigo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BS-82508 10-in. 5/9/1934 Patica y Mondonguito Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-82542 10-in. 5/22/1934 Masabí Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal ensemble leader, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-82543 10-in. 5/22/1934 Negra soy Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo (take 2) leader, instrumentalist, piano, composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-83295 10-in. 6/19/1934 Don't say good-night Juan Arvizu Jazz/dance band (re-recording), with male vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-83296 10-in. 6/19/1934 Orchids in the moonlight Juan Arvizu Jazz/dance band (re-recording), with male vocal solo and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-83383 10-in. 7/17/1934 No fueron tus ojos Nano Rodrigo Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and tiple composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-83385 10-in. 7/17/1934 Mujeres argentina Nano Rodrigo Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and tiple songwriter  
Victor BS-84299 10-in. 9/24/1934 Aquellos ojos verdes Marimba Pan-Americana Marimba band composer  
Victor BS-86096 10-in. 12/6/1934 Si yo tuviera un millon José Bohr Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-86097 10-in. 12/6/1934 Que aburrido estoy José Bohr Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-86098 10-in. 12/6/1934 Pero tiene tu boquita José Bohr Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-86099 10-in. 12/6/1934 Mucho pequé José Bohr Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BVE-86378 10-in. 1/8/1935 Arrolla Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-86379 10-in. 1/8/1935 A gozar Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-86380 10-in. 1/8/1935 Quiero verte sufrir Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-86381 10-in. 1/8/1935 Quiero Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BVE-86382 10-in. 1/8/1935 Guajirita Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio leader, vocalist  
Victor BVE-86383 10-in. 1/8/1935 Mujeres coquetas Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-86400 10-in. 12/6/1934 Modelando el amor José Bohr Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-86401 10-in. 12/6/1934 Africa José Bohr Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-87483 10-in. 2/5/1935 Lupisambe yuca y ñame Nilo Menéndez Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-87484 10-in. 2/5/1935 Suena, guarachita, suena Nilo Menéndez Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-87485 10-in. 2/5/1935 Idilio Nilo Menéndez Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-87486 10-in. 2/5/1935 Se fué la comparsa Nilo Menéndez Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-87487 10-in. 2/5/1935 Olvida che Luis Alvarez ; Alfredo Cibelli Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor BS-92462 10-in. 7/26/1935 Moreno Guyún ; Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-92463 10-in. 7/26/1935 Hueso na' ma' Guyún ; Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-92464 10-in. 7/26/1935 Sorpresa Guyún ; Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-92465 10-in. 7/26/1935 María Belén Chacón Guyún ; Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-92466 10-in. 7/26/1935 Sombras Guyún ; Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-92467 10-in. 7/26/1935 Horas de pasión Guyún ; Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-07715 10-in. 4/5/1937 A love song of long ago Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07716 10-in. 4/5/1937 Hold me tight Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07717 10-in. 4/5/1937 I hum a waltz Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07718 10-in. 4/5/1937 It's no secret I love you Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07719 10-in. 4/5/1937 Azuquita Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07720 10-in. 4/5/1937 Havana's calling me Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-026262 10-in. 11/16/1938 Di que me quieres Tito Guizar Dubbed recording from film : Male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-055956 10-in. 9/6/1940 Green eyes Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble composer  
Victor BS-062785 10-in. 3/28/1941 Negra soy Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-064421 10-in. 5/28/1941 Green eyes Art Jarrett Orchestra ; Smoothies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed ensemble composer  
Victor BS-065230 10-in. 5/7/1941 Green eyes Dorsey Anderson ; Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-067733 10-in. 9/2/1941 Something new Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-067973 10-in. 10/6/1941 Something new Joan Merrill Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D7VB-0427 10-in. 1/20/1947 Green Eyes Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-Test-1092 10-in. 7/18/1934 Caro mio ben Margaret Hartigan Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-T-1150 10-in. 9/29/1932 Canto indio Orellana Garcia Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W93944 10-in. September 1925 La pintura blanca Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W93945 10-in. September 1925 Como quiera...tienes que llorar Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W93947 10-in. 1926 Julieta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader, composer  
Columbia W95022 10-in. February 1926 Su mama tuvo la culpa Nilo Menéndez ; Orquesta de Jazz "Nilo" Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Columbia W95055 10-in. approximately March 1926 Galleguita Orquesta Tipica Nilo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W95057 10-in. approximately March 1926 El caballo bayo Orquesta Tipica Nilo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W95058 10-in. March 1926 El cohete Nilo Menéndez ; Orquesta de Jazz "Nilo" Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus leader  
Columbia W95172 10-in. 1926 Cabo de guardia Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W95177 10-in. 1926 Valencia Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader, composer  
Columbia W95178 10-in. 1926 Siento que mi alma Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W95289 10-in. 1926 Galán, galán Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W95594 10-in. approximately 1927 Las cuatro milpas Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W95595 10-in. approximately 1927 Un nuevo amor Nilo Menéndez ; Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96295 10-in. 1928 Nena Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96296 10-in. 1928 Los enmascarados Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96694 10-in. August 1928 Rumba guajira Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with orchestra and pianos instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W96796 10-in. October 1928 Una noche más pasó El Trovador Romantico Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W96858 10-in. November 1928 Una noche más pasó Guty Cárdenas ; Joseph M. Lacalle ; Orquesta Viva-tonal Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W96888 10-in. December 1928 Ola Quarteto Guty Cárdenas Vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Columbia W96892 10-in. December 1928 Confesión : Canción Guty y Utrera Vocal duet with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W97015 10-in. March 1929 Cantar gitano Adolfo Utrera Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W97160 10-in. May 1929 Aunque no pueda Guty Cárdenas Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W194608 10-in. approximately 1930 Piel roja Enric Madriguera ; Notas Mágicas Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W703203 10-in. April 1930 Otro amor por quien llorar : Bolero Guty Cárdenas Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  
Columbia W703204 10-in. April 1930 Rosa Guty Cárdenas ; Nilo Menéndez Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W703304 10-in. June 1930 Aquellos ojos verdes Ernesto Lecuona ; Nilo Menéndez ; Adolfo Utrera Male vocal solo, with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W703305 10-in. June 1930 María la O Ernesto Lecuona ; Nilo Menéndez ; Adolfo Utrera Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W401340 10-in. 11/19/1928 Soy virgencita Los Valencianos [Nilo's International Orchestra] Instrumental ensemble leader  
OKeh W401341 10-in. 11/19/1928 Capt. Emilio Carranza Los Valencianos [Nilo's International Orchestra] Instrumental ensemble leader  
OKeh W401342 10-in. 11/19/1928 Quiero Los Valencianos [Nilo's International Orchestra] Instrumental ensemble leader  
OKeh W401343 10-in. 11/19/1928 Mi muñequita de trapo Los Valencianos [Nilo's International Orchestra] Instrumental ensemble leader  
Brunswick E31521 10-in. 12/17/1929 Una noche más pasó José Moriche Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick E23767-E23769 10-in. 6/27/1927 Pero Miguel, los hombres no lloran Orquesta Cubana de Brunswick Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick E23770-E23772 10-in. 6/27/1927 Alicia Orquesta Cubana de Brunswick Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick E23773-E23775 10-in. 6/28/1927 Las cuatro milpas (The four corns) Orquesta Cubana de Brunswick Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick E23776-E23778 10-in. 6/28/1927 Sin andullo Orquesta Cubana de Brunswick Jazz/dance band leader, arranger  
Brunswick TCL1478 10-in. 7/9/1931 Aquellos ojos verdes Rodolfo Ducal Male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 40956-a] 10-in. approximately 1930 Negra soy Pilar Arcos ; José Escarpenter ; Nilo Menéndez Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 40956-b] 10-in. approximately 1930 Aunque no pueda vivir sin ti Pilar Arcos ; José Escarpenter ; Nilo Menéndez Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 41259-b] 10-in. 1930 Cantar gitano Pilar Arcos Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Gramophone 0J1194 10-in. 1933 Imposible Roberto Fugazot ; Trío Argentino [Buenos Aires; Spain] Male vocal solo, with instrumental composer  
Decca 63245 10-in. 2/7/1938 Arollo Nilo Menendez and his Stork Club Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63246 10-in. 2/7/1938 Funfunando Nilo Menendez and his Stork Club Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63247 10-in. 2/7/1938 Bei mir bist du schoen Nilo Menendez and his Stork Club Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63248 10-in. 2/7/1938 Bruca manigua Nilo Menendez and his Stork Club Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63249 10-in. 2/7/1938 Murmullo Nilo Menendez and his Stork Club Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 63250 10-in. 2/7/1938 Ahi viena la conga! Nilo Menendez and his Stork Club Orchestra instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca DLA 1993 10-in. 4/19/1940 Andalucia Nilo Menéndez instrumentalist, piano  
Decca DLA 1994 10-in. 4/19/1940 Malaguena Nilo Menéndez instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3935 10-in. 10/12/1932 Green eyes Orchestre Typique Castellanos de la Cabane Cubaine ; Mme. Riestra Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Menéndez, Nilo," accessed February 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109918.

Menéndez, Nilo. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109918.

"Menéndez, Nilo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 February 2023.

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