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Pedro Flores born (March 9, 1894 – July 14, 1979) was one of Puerto Rico's best known composers of ballads and boleros.

Pedro Flores
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Background information
Birth namePedro Juan Flores Córdova
Born(1894-04-09)April 9, 1894
OriginNaguabo. Puerto Rico
DiedJuly 14, 1979(1979-07-14) (aged 85)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation(s)Composer and bandleader

Early yearsEdit

Flores (birth name: Pedro Juan Flores Córdova[note 1]) was one of twelve children born into a poor family in the town of Naguabo, Puerto Rico. Flores' father died when he was only nine years old so he had to work from a young age. When he was sixteen years old, he took a special course at the University of Puerto Rico (Universidad de Puerto Rico) and received his teachers certificate. Flores taught for five years and worked for one year at a sugar mill in the island of Vieques. In 1918, he served in a clerical position in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged from the Army when he was twenty-four years old.[1][2]

Trío BorinquenEdit

In 1926, Flores went to New York City without any formal musical education and joined another Puerto Rican composer, Rafael Hernández in his Trío Borinquen. Even though Flores and Hernández became very good friends, they also became competitors as composers. When Flores wrote "Sin Bandera", Hernández rushed and wrote Preciosa.[1][2]

In 1930, Flores formed his own trio which he named "Trío Galón", and whose music and songs had a faster beat than the "Trío Borinquen". Flores had problems with the music publishing company and he abandoned the trio. He moved to Mexico and then lived in Cuba for a short period of time. Flores eventually returned to New York where he reorganized his old trio. Some of the singers of this new trio were Myrta Silva, Daniel Santos and Pedro Ortiz Dávila "Davilita".[1][2]

Musical compositionsEdit

External audio
  You may listen to the interpretation of Flores' "Perdón" on YouTube by Marc Anthony and Ednita Nazario
  and to Luciano Quiñones piano interpretation of "Amor Perdido" here

Some of the songs written by Flores were:Obsesión, Amor Perdido (Lost Love), Bajo un Palmar (Under A Palm Tree), Borracho no Vale (which may translate to Drunk Doesn't Count or Doesn't Count If You're Drunk), Linda, Sin Bandera (Without a Flag), Despedida (Farewell) and Perdón (I'm Sorry).[1][2] Among those who have performed his songs are Beny More, Los Panchos, Celia Cruz, and María Luisa Landín. A 1996 television special honoring his work features versions by many Puerto Rican and international artists, such as Ednita Nazario, Marc Anthony, Yolandita Monge and Shakira.[1][2]

Selected discographyEdit

  • "Despedida", single Nelson Navarro 1967

Later yearsEdit

Pedro Flores died in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 14, 1979 and is buried in Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery located in Old San Juan


  1. ^ This article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Flores and the second or maternal family name is Córdova .

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