Enrique González Castillo (1890 – January 1, 1957), nicknamed La Pulga (The Flea), was a Cuban singer-songwriter from Santiago de Cuba. His two most famous works are the boleros "Injusta duda" and "Lupina", which have been recorded by artists such as Arsenio Rodríguez and Compay Segundo, respectively. The latter was written for danzonete singer Pablo Quevedo in 1934. His repertoire included boleros, canciones, guarachas and guajiras written by himself. The height of his career took place in the 1930s and '40s in Havana, where he was the guitarist for Benny Moré before he joined Conjunto Matamoros to tour Mexico. In addition, he was part of several other vocal groups, collaborating with famous guarachero Ñico Saquito.
In March 2014, Cuban trova musicians paid homage to González in his hometown of Santiago.
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Birth and Death Data: Born 1890 (Santiago de Cuba), Died 1957 (Cuba)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-86249||10-in.||11/23/1934||Matrimonio revolucionario||Cuarteto Machín||Vocal and instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-86355||10-in.||12/11/1934||Pena||Cuarteto Machín||Vocal and instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-87286||10-in.||1/9/1935||Justa verdad||Cuarteto Machín||Male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-95557||10-in.||10/22/1935||Mójala, préndela y dale||Cuarteto Machín||Vocal and instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-98302||10-in.||11/22/1935||Una sola miradita||Trío Matamoros||Vocal and instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-06443||10-in.||3/23/1937||Ya tú ves||Trío Matamoros||Vocal and instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-06453||10-in.||3/23/1937||Lupina||Trío Matamoros||Vocal and instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-010857||10-in.||6/15/1937||Amor inviolado||Septeto Anacaona||Vocal and instrumental septet||composer|
|Victor||CU-385||10-in.||before 4/25/1950||Mi rumbita||Grupo Tropical de Rigoberto Díaz||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "González, Enrique," accessed March 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115638.
González, Enrique. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115638.
"González, Enrique." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Enrique González "La Pulga"
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LCNAR: González, Enrique, 1890-1957 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2011097893
Wikidata: Enrique González "La Pulga" - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q20684137
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