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 (Results 26-50 of 57 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 57 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barroso, Abelardo," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111704.

Barroso, Abelardo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111704.

"Barroso, Abelardo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111704

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