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 21, 1905 (Havana), Died September 27, 1972 (Havana)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1939

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

= 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 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 W95934 10-in. October 1927 Fernanda : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95935 10-in. October 1927 Ésas no son cubanas Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95936 10-in. October 1927 Bu bu rum barará : Son 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 W95938 10-in. October 1927 Errante por el mundo voy : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95939 10-in. October 1927 Rosa roja : Son 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 W95941 10-in. October 1927 No hagan ruido : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95942 10-in. October 1927 Las cuatro palomas : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95943 10-in. October 1927 Pobrecita loca : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95944 10-in. October 1927 Contestación a aurora : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95945 10-in. October 1927 Sube y baja : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95946 10-in. October 1927 Reliquias de amor : Son 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 W95948 10-in. October 1927 Fuga de amor : Son 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 W95951 10-in. October 1927 Que no se queme la habana : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95952 10-in. October 1927 Regalo mi corazón : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W95953 10-in. October 1927 Has perdido mi amor : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia S96232 10-in. 1927 Falsa boca Juan De la Cruz ; Sexteto Nacional Instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia S96233 10-in. 1927 Yo quiero morir en Cuba Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia S96234 10-in. 1927 Miñaroco Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia S96235 10-in. 1927 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 W96636 10-in. July 1928 Cuchu cumba : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96637 10-in. July 1928 Bardo sublime : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96638 10-in. July 1928 No te preocupes del mundo Ignacio Piñeiro ; Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96639 10-in. July 1928 Siboney Ignacio Piñeiro ; 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 Ignacio Piñeiro ; Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96643 10-in. July 1928 Castígala dios : Son 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 W96645 10-in. July 1928 Si me lleva a la playa voy : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96646 10-in. July 1928 Mujeres enamórenme : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96647 10-in. July 1928 El sueño de bururú : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96648 10-in. July 1928 Coco y mái : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96649 10-in. July 1928 Dónde vas con el robo : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96650 10-in. July 1928 El alba cubana : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96651 10-in. July 1928 A cuerda limpia : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96652 10-in. July 1928 Acordes de bongó : Son 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  
Columbia W96667 10-in. July 1928 No me des con la goma : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96668 10-in. July 1928 Los viudos quieres ternar : Son Sexteto Nacional Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, claves  
Columbia W96673 10-in. July 1928 La voz de la consciencia : Bolero Abelardo Barroso ; Bienvenido León Vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick B12939 10-in. 1/19/1933 El panquelero : Pregón son Estrellas Habaneras Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick B12940 10-in. 1/19/1933 En el silencio de la noche : Son Estrellas Habaneras Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Gramophone 0PG115 10-in. 10/10/1932 El panquelero Don Azpiazu’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL4524 10-in. 11/3/1933 El el silencio de la noche Oscar Calle ; Firmín Jova ; Oscar Calle Orchestre Cubain ; Chiquita Serrano Instrumental ensemble, with vocal duet songwriter  
Columbia (U.K.) CL4529 10-in. 11/3/1933 Triguenita Oscar Calle ; Firmín Jova ; Oscar Calle Orchestre Cubain Instrumental ensemble, with vocal duet songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barroso, Abelardo," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111704.

Barroso, Abelardo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111704.

"Barroso, Abelardo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

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