"Bésame Mucho" ("Kiss me a lot") is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. A famous 1956 version is sung by Trio Los Panchos and female vocalist Gigliola Cinquetti. An English lyric was written by Sunny Skylar.
|Single by Consuelo Velázquez|
|You may listen to Bésame Mucho as performed by the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra conducted by Xaviar Cugat in 1945 here on archive.org|
It is one of the most famous boleros, and was recognized in 1999 as the most sung and recorded Mexican song in the world.
She was inspired by the piano piece "Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruiseñor", from the 1911 suite Goyescas by Spanish composer Enrique Granados, which he later also included as "Aria of the Nightingale" in his 1916 opera of the same name.
In Brazil in 1990, an affair between the Minister of Economics Zélia Cardoso de Mello and the minister of Justice Bernardo Cabral was revealed when the two danced cheek to cheek to "Bésame Mucho." A few days later, the presidential band was to introduce Cardoso de Mello with a military march. Instead, the director of the band had them play "Bésame Mucho." He was placed under house arrest for 3 days for insubordination.
- Bob Eberly and Kitty Kallen with Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (reached number one in the United States in 1944)
- Xavier Cugat, who recorded the song with the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra and a vocal chorus by Del Campo for Columbia Records (#36852, 1945)
- Andy Russell (reached No. 8 in the USA in 1944)
- Pedro Vargas (inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001)
- Plácido Domingo (received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Performance in 1983)
- Cesária Évora (Évora sang in Kriolu, a Creole language mixing Portuguese with the west African dialects of her ancestors. This was one of the few songs she sang in a different language)
- Zoé (nominated for a Latin Grammy for Record of the Year in 2012)
- The Beatles (recorded during their Decca audition on January 1, 1962. A second version was recorded during their first session at Abbey Road Studios on June 6, 1962. The latter is included on The Beatles' Anthology 1)
- Sapna Maheshwari, On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters, The New York Times, November 4, 2017
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- "Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)". imdb.com. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
- "Bésame Mucho Consuelito Velazquez News Feature". YouTube. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- Burton, Tony. "Did You Know? Consuelo Velázquez and "Bésame mucho". : Mexico Culture & Arts". Mexconnected.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
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- Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 132. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
- "Bėsame Mucho" – Xaviar Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra and Del Campo at archive.org
- Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 476. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
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- "A 50 años del Bésame mucho de los Beatles". BBC. July 9, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
- "Bésame Mucho chord arrangement for guitar". jazzguitar.be.
Performances in Spanish
- "Bésame Mucho, performed by Cesaria Evora". YouTube.com.
- "Bésame Mucho, performed by the Mexican group Zoé". YouTube.com.