Enrique González

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1890 (Santiago de Cuba), Died January 1st, 1957 (Cuba)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "González, Enrique," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115638.

González, Enrique. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115638.

"González, Enrique." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115638

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