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, songwriter, arranger, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 101-125 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W95595 10-in. approximately April 1927 Un nuevo amor Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96081 10-in. approximately January 1928 Si en tus persianas : Habanera 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 W96307 10-in. approximately January 1928 El primer beso : Vals Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96308 10-in. April 1928 Santiago : Merengue Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96487 10-in. April 1928 Dulce recuerdo : Vals Lento Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96684 10-in. August 1928 Palmira Rafael Betancourt ; Nilo Menéndez ; Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W96686 10-in. August 1928 Claveles rosados : Canción Rafael Betancourt ; Nilo Menéndez ; Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W96694 10-in. August 1928 Rumba guajira Rafael Betancourt ; Nilo Menéndez ; Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W96696 10-in. August 1928 Lupisamba o yuca y ñame : Tango congo Rafael Betancourt ; Nilo Menéndez ; Rita Montaner Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W96796 10-in. October 1928 Una noche más pasó El Trovador Romántico Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W96821 10-in. October 1928 De aquí p'allá : Danzón Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96822 10-in. October 1928 El país las botellas Orquesta Típica Criolla Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W96823 10-in. October 1928 Doctor Alemán : Danzón Orquesta Típica Criolla Instrumental ensemble leader  
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 W97019 10-in. March 1929 Aunque no pueda vivir sin tí : Canción bolero Tomasita Nuñez Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W97026 10-in. March 1929 Don Pancho y Ramona : Danzón Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W97027 10-in. March 1929 Bien me lo decía Inés : Danzón Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W97028 10-in. March 1929 Bongé, las mujeres son : Danzón dominicano Orquesta Nilo Menéndez Instrumental ensemble leader  
Columbia W97155 10-in. May 1929 En la raja tapatía : Canción Francisco Fuentes Pumarino Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W97160 10-in. May 1929 Aunque no pueda Guty Cárdenas Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
(Results 101-125 of 176 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Menéndez, Nilo," accessed February 27, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109918.

Menéndez, Nilo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109918.

"Menéndez, Nilo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 27 February 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109918

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