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Margarita Lecuona

Margarita Lecuona (1910–1981) was a Cuban singer and composer who is remembered for composing Afro songs such as "Babalú" and "Tabú".

Birth and Death Data: Born April 18, 1910 (Havana), Died 1981 (New Jersey)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-81963 10-in. 3/20/1934 Tabú Cuarteto Machín Instrumental quartet, with male vocal duet lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-84993 10-in. 11/14/1934 Tabú Pedro Berríos ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-059213 10-in. 2/8/1941 Amor de guajiro Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Sarita Herrera ; Tito Rodríguez Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet composer  
Victor BS-068140 10-in. 10/31/1941 Tabu Arturo and his Cubano Rhythm Jazz/dance quintet composer  
Victor CU-104 10-in. before 9/5/1939 Negro gangá Rafael Hernández ; Margarita Lecuona ; Orquesta Riverside Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lecuona, Margarita," accessed March 28, 2023,

Lecuona, Margarita. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from

"Lecuona, Margarita." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 28 March 2023.

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