Abelardo Barroso

Abelardo Barroso Dargeles (21 September 1905 – 27 September 1972) was a Cuban bandleader and singer, the first sonero mayor (lead singer of the son) to be recognized as such by the Cuban public.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he was the lead singer of the Sexteto Habanero from 1925, recorded with the Sexteto Boloña in 1926, and joined the Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro in 1927. With each of these top bands he made a string of recordings in New York City, and for the rest of his life his voice was in demand.

In 1929–1930 he joined the stage variety group Salmerón, with whom he toured Spain. Returning to Cuba in 1931, he joined the Orquesta Ernesto Muñoz. In 1933 he founded the charanga López–Barroso with Orestes López. He appeared alternately with this band and with the Sexteto Universo, and in 1935 founded the Sexteto Pinin. There followed spells with the bands of Andrés Laferté and Everado Ordaz before, in 1939, he joined the important charanga Maravillas del Siglo and performed on Radio COCO. During the 1940s he worked at the cabaret Sans-Souci until 1948, when he directed and sang for the National Police Band. After a short hiatus, he joined Rolando Valdés' Orquesta Sensación, which would spearhead the second great charanga movement (the first wave included Antonio Arcaño y sus Maravillas and Melodías del 40). They won the Disco de Oro for a recording of "En Guantánamo" and "Arráncame la vida". With La Sensación he appeared in Miami in 1957 and in New York in 1959 and 1960. He retired in 1969.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 21st, 1905 (Havana), Died September 27th, 1972 (Havana)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, claves, composer, lyricist, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-73566 10-in. 9/23/1932 El panquelero Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-73567 10-in. 9/23/1932 En el silencio de la noche Cuarteto Machín Vocal and instrumental quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-78143 10-in. 10/10/1933 En el silencio de la noche Enrique Bryón Cuban Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-033623 10-in. 2/9/1939 Abran la jaula Cuarteto Caney ; Johnny López Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and shouts arranger  
Columbia W95935 10-in. October 1927 Ésas no son cubanas Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95937 10-in. October 1927 Cubaneo Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95940 10-in. October 1927 El rey de los bongoseros Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95947 10-in. October 1927 Por un beso de tu boca Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95949 10-in. October 1927 Virulilla, virulilla Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95950 10-in. October 1927 Mamá se quema la maya Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia S96232 10-in. approximately 1928 Falsa boca Sexteto Nacional Instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia S96235 10-in. approximately 1928 Una noche de conga Sexteto Nacional Instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96633 10-in. July 1928 Sutileza Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96634 10-in. July 1928 ¡Ay! Mamá Inés Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96635 10-in. July 1928 Ay, guarina Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96638 10-in. July 1928 No te preocupes del mundo Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96639 10-in. July 1928 Siboney Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96640 10-in. July 1928 Canta pajarito Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96641 10-in. July 1928 Sierra morena Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96642 10-in. August 1928 Adolorido Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96644 10-in. August 1928 Oye mi dulce tres Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96666 10-in. July 1928 ¡Pepillito!... Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barroso, Abelardo," accessed September 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111704.

Barroso, Abelardo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111704.

"Barroso, Abelardo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 September 2021.

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