"Bésame Mucho" ("Kiss me a lot") is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.[2] A famous 1956 version is sung by Trio Los Panchos and female vocalist Gigliola Cinquetti. An English lyric was written by Sunny Skylar.

"Bésame Mucho"
Single by Consuelo Velázquez
LanguageSpanish
Released1940
GenreBolero
Composer(s)Consuelo Velázquez
External audio
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.

The song appeared in the film Follow the Boys (5 May 1944) when it was played by Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra[3] and in Cowboy and the Senorita (13 May 1944) with vocal by Dale Evans.[4]

InspirationEdit

According to Velázquez herself, she wrote this song even though she had never been kissed yet at the time, and kissing, as she heard, was considered a sin.[5][6]

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.[2]

In politicsEdit

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."[7] 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.[8]

Notable versionsEdit

 
Capitol Records 78rpm record label for USA release of Andy Russell's "Bésame Mucho." Original issue. 1944

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sapna Maheshwari, On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters, The New York Times, November 4, 2017
  2. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (January 30, 2005). "Consuelo Velázquez Dies; Wrote 'Bésame Mucho'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Follow the Boys (1944)". imdb.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)". imdb.com. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "Bésame Mucho Consuelito Velazquez News Feature". YouTube. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  6. ^ Burton, Tony. "Did You Know? Consuelo Velázquez and "Bésame mucho". : Mexico Culture & Arts". Mexconnected.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  7. ^ "Headliners; Internal Affair". New York Times. New York. 21 Oct 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.
  8. ^ "Band Hits Sour Note". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, CA. 6 Nov 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 132. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  10. ^ "Bėsame Mucho" – Xaviar Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra and Del Campo at archive.org
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 476. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  12. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2001. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Complete List of the Nominees for 26th Annual Grammy Music Awards". Schenectady Gazette. The Daily Gazette Company. January 9, 1984. p. 49. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "JUAN LUIS GUERRA LEADS LATIN GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS WITH SIX". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. September 25, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  15. ^ "A 50 años del Bésame mucho de los Beatles". BBC. July 9, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2017.

External linksEdit

Performances in Spanish