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Vicente Gómez (composer)

Vicente Gómez (8 July 1911 – 23 December 2001) was a Spanish guitarist and composer.

Vicente Gómez
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Gómez in 1946
BornJuly 8, 1911
DiedDecember 23, 2001 (aged 90)
NationalitySpanish American

BiographyEdit

Gómez was born in Madrid where he learned his trade in a tavern, in the red light district of Madrid, that was owned by his father. He worked there until he was 25, when he visited Russia. He was involved in politics and opposed to General Franco. He visited Cuba and Mexico and he was discovered whilst making a radio show in Mexico.

He worked in New York and toured South America. In 1943 he became a U.S. citizen and served in the American army. In the 1950s he composed for Hollywood films before he retired to compose and teach.[1] One of Gómez' students was Ricky Nelson. Another was the wife of Omar Bradley.[citation needed]

Musical compositionsEdit

Original theme for guitar and orchestra, soundtrack for the film Blood and Sand (1941), played by the composer himself.

"Verde Luna"[2] (Green Moon), rumba Bolero, by Vicente Gómez. It was recorded by Alfredo Antonini and his orchestra featuring Victoria Cordova and John Serry Sr. for Muzak in 1949.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vicente Gómez (Guitar, Arranger)". bach-cantatas.com. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.hispasonic.com/index.php?controller=track&action=play&track_id=100179
  3. ^ Victoria Cordova & Alfredo Antonini's Orchestra perform "Verde Luna" on The Library of Congress Online Catalog at catalog.loc.gov