José Barros

José Benito Barros or simply José Barros (March 21, 1915 in El Banco, Magdalena – May 12, 2007 in Santa Marta, Magdalena) was a Colombian musician, composer of more than 800 songs in the musical genres of cumbia, porro, merengue, currulao, paseo, bolero, tango, etc. Considered one of the most ingenious and versatile Colombian musical composers.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 21st, 1915 (El Banco), Died May 12th, 2007 (Santa marta)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-092765 10-in. before 4/24/1951 La Llorona Tony Camargo ; Orquesta Rafael de Paz Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor E0FB-3936 10-in. 3/22/1950 Tú no pela un chivo Johnny López ; Orquesta Freddie Alonso Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  


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