Félix B. Caignet

Félix Benjamín Caignet Salomón, known as Félix B. Caignet, (March 31, 1892 – May 25, 1976) was a Cuban radio writer, broadcaster, poet, novelist, journalist, theater critic, singer and musical composer. He is known as a pioneer of radio broadcasting in Cuba, and as one of the creators of Latin American soap operas.

He was known for his ability to make radio audiences cry. He purposely wrote to make people cry, as he realized that “many were born with pain and misery tattooed on their souls and had so much pain and bitterness in their lives that they never cried for themselves.”

Caignet believed that the audiences “took on the feelings of one or another character who was suffering and, without being aware of it, associated their own pain with that of the fictitious figure, and cried with him or her.” Félix B. Caignet’s radio dramas were broadcast throughout Central and South America and brought stories of social reality and the “speaking in metaphors” narrative style into popularity.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 31st, 1892 (San Luis), Died May 25th, 1976 (Havana)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-45529 10-in. 5/28/1928 Te odio Sexteto Habanero Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-46175 10-in. 9/19/1928 Quiero besarte Luis Carlos Varona Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor XVE-48228 10-in. 12/5/1928 Carabalí Ronda Lirica Oriental Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor XVE-48257 10-in. 12/11/1928 Frutas del Caney Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio composer  
Victor XVE-56669 10-in. 2/13/1930 Ojos que besan Trío Matamoros Vocal and instrumental trio composer  
Victor XVE-56693 10-in. 2/17/1930 Quiero besarte Cuarteto Lirico Vocal quartet, with guitars composer  
Victor XVE-58701 10-in. Mid-Feb. 1930 Frutos menores Cuarteto Figarola Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor XVE-67174 10-in. 2/24/1931 Tú bérá tu ba bé Cuarteto Matamoros ; Rafael Cueto ; Miguel Matamoros ; Siro Rodríguez Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Brunswick E28026 10-in. 8/10/1928 Te odio Luis Carlos Varona Violin solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick E28774 10-in. 11/27/1928 Te odio Rodolfo Hoyos Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Caignet, Félix B.," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116398.

Caignet, Félix B.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116398.

"Caignet, Félix B.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116398

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