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 176-176 of 176 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
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