Rafael Muñoz

Rafael Muñoz (1900 – 1961) was a Puerto Rican double bassist and big band director. His repertoire consistent mainly of guarachas, congas and boleros. He was a prolific bandleader from 1929 until his retirement in the 1950s. His hits include "Sandunguera", "El hueso de María", "La conga del 39" and "Ojos malvados". The primary lead vocalists of his orchestra were José Luis Moneró, Félix Castrillón and his son Raffi Muñoz. Other singers that performed with his band were Tony Sánchez and Irma Morillo.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 5th, 1900 (Quebradillas), Died September 2nd, 1961

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-76132 10-in. 5/16/1933 Reparte las propinas Orquesta Victor Antillana Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-76384 10-in. 6/5/1933 Espera Lorenzo Herrera Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-77462 10-in. 8/14/1933 Reparte las propinas Alberto Socarrás y Consuelo Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-022948 10-in. before 4/29/1938 Piripiti Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-022949 10-in. before 4/29/1938 Besos brujos Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-022950 10-in. before 4/29/1938 Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-022951 10-in. before 4/29/1938 Dudas Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-022952 10-in. before 4/29/1938 Boquita sabrosa Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-022953 10-in. before 4/29/1938 Ojos negros Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-022954 10-in. before 4/29/1938 Serenata Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-023657 10-in. before 7/5/1938 Malditos celos Félix Castrillón ; Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-023658 10-in. 7/5/1938 Terrible duda Félix Castrillón ; Orquesta Rafael Muñoz Re-recording : Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Muñoz, Rafael," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113206.

Muñoz, Rafael. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113206.

"Muñoz, Rafael." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113206

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