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Daniel Santos

Born into poverty in Puerto Rico, Daniel Santos became one of the most influential singers and songwriters in Latin and South America during the middle of the century. From the pen of Pedro Flores, his early love-lost lyrics -- a series of aching, mostly one-word hits such as "Despedida," "Obsesión," "Irresistible," "Perdón," "Venganza" -- influenced author Gabriel García Márquez as much as other singers, while his later, patriotic material riled American intelligence officers and inspired Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution.

Santos was born in 1916 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Though he was transplanted from school to the workforce to supplement his family's wages, he later returned to sing in the school choir and also learned English. Still, he was living on his own by the age of 14 and joined the local Trio Lírico for several years. Like many of his countrymen, Santos made the move to New York in the mid-'30s, and impressed Puerto Rican songwriter Pedro Flores with his reading of the maestro's "Amor Perdido."

By 1938, Daniel Santos was performing and recording with the Flores Quartet, with whom he recorded most of his early hits: "Tú Serás Mía," "Venganza," "Esperanza Inútil," "Perdón," "Irresistible," and the definitive version of Flores' best composition, "Despedida." After Miguelito Valdés left Xavier Cugat's Orchestra for a solo career in 1942, Santos hopped from Flores into Cugat's famous orchestra, but soon after, he was drafted to serve in the military.

Santos returned from war with a renewed sense of purpose for his singing career. He began recording and writing patriotic material, working in conjunction with Pedro Ortiz Dávila on "Los Patriotas." Beginning in 1946, he spent much time performing in Cuba and was inspired to write dozens of songs, one of which ("Sierra Maestra") was broadcast by Castro during the Movimiento 26 de Julio. By 1961, however, Santos grew wary of the movement, specifically the policy of training children to fight in the army. He continued performing in the United States as well as Latin America, performing his most famous songs and relating many anecdotes concerning his wild private life (during his early years, he'd reportedly spent time in jails all over the continent). He was living in quiet retirement in Florida at his death from a heart attack in 1992. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Ezechias Nieves, Daniel Santos era controversia l para el que no fuera patriota. Era un revulucionar i o . . . . . D i o s lo bendiga. Una voz unica y privilegiada . Vamos a acordarnos del escritor y cantor no de sus ideas politicas... . . . . e s t u v o en la segunda guerra mundial...NO porque quiso, sino por nacer Puertorrique n o y americano... . . . . f i d e l laboy
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El cantante favorito de mi papi. Lo conoci en persona y pude disfrutar de las canciones que mi papi escuchaba cuando yo era un nino....Lo disfrute hasta el maximo. Hasta mis hijos disfrutaron de la musica de El gran Anacubero Daniel Santos R>I>P.
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El Eterno anacovero esta can ion LA escuchava cuando era pequena.
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Hermosa musica
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tengo 50 anos , y en lo mas profundo de mi mente esta el recuerdo en el año 66 yo un nene , mi tia escuchaba estos danzones, y bailaba conmigo ..hoy ella esta ya fallecida pero esta musica me lleva a donde ella estaba conmigo y donde me amaba tanto !!
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La mejor musica que se puede oir
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Vilma de. Panama
Dormia con las canciones de Daniel Santos y levantavas con ellas, la voz de Daniel era mi medicina ,
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Me acabo de enterar que manana veintiseis de julio de mil novesientos sesenta y uno nacio daniel santos si aun vive felicidades alguien podria informarme sobre esta personalidad
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Santos did not do no such crap in castronia!
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EGOISMO
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Nadie lo ha podido imitar.
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Con Daniel santos tuve mi primer amor, y sigo recordándolo , u n amor inonvidable.
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Looking for a song that contained the words pipo popu langa??.. Not sure if Daniel Santos sung the song.
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taty24ny
Las mejores canciones escritas por el maestro Pedro Flores y la inconfundibl e voz de Daniel Santos. Grandes recuerdos de mi madre que descanza en paz.
Musica como esta ya no se oye...que lastima!
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Orgullo de Puerto Rico y de América.
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Que bella mu'sica. Me recuerda a mi madre y padre. Hoy di'a a mis 60 an'os parece que fue' ayer. Yo no creo que llegue mu'sica y letras de canciones roma'nticas y cantantes como Dsniel Santos.
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Yo tambien cresi con mi. Padre q tabien cantaba esta musica a mis 56 .lo estrano tanto pero esta musica me da recuerdos de todo lo vivido esto es la me or musica no dejen q esta deje de existir
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estoy embriagado con esta música tan....tannn . . . l l e n a de palabras eternas y amorosas para aquellas que tanto que queremos
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La música de adorada madre..
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Esta hermosa musica! La he escuchado desde que era una joven! Hoy a mis 53!la sigo escuchando! Trae a mi mente la imagen de mi padre! Y de un hombre que ame con todo mi ser! Los dos ya partieron! Pero siguen aqui en mi Corazon! Gracias por esa musica tan hermosa!
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Me da mucho SENTIMIENTO, cuando escucho estas Bellas melodias,
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srarsrmrsr
MI esposo y yo disfrutamos de la música de Daniel Santos, estamos en los 60 y en mi querido Ecuador se lo escuchaba mucho
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barker_mike
How wonderful it is to romanticize the butchery of Fidel Catro's Cuban revolution. Not.
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rmdoerr
Que voz, Dios moo! Daniel Santos!!!
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I was a teenager when I started listening to him back in Guatemala City, I am 66 yrs old now and still listen to him.
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Mi papa cantaba como el por eso yo lo Escucho gran voz
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melosantiago
El aun sigue siendo mi favorito y siempre me lleva a ese lugar tan sano y lleno de amor.
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Desde pequeña crecí oyendo este tipo de musica tengo 39 años y todavia me facina, recordar es vivir.
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The Bert songs ever, and oh! The memories!!!!
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El Capitan, de la Vieja Guardia, unico con esa VOZ!
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nicoyaatrevi d a
Desde k mi abuelo falleció no dejo de escucharlas y con estas canciones crecí es inevitable no parar de llorar nostalgias ;(
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last century was great for the spanish music, and it's no fair to compare all greats singers,comp o s e r s , b a n d s , e t c . all the people, like me, that we had that great oportunity to enjoy it, we can say Thanks God to give to us that great oportunity.
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LOVE THIS MUSIC AND DANIEL SANTOS I GREW UP TO ALL HIS SONGS.. FROM MY PUERTO RICAN PARENTS DURING THE 1040'S I AM NOW 75 AND STILL ENJOY HIS SONGS RECORDAR ES VIVIR
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jfcal51
I had the pleasure to shook hand with him when I was a kid in my home town Nicaragua en el Teatro Gonzalez de Jinotepe. I'm 65 now.
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gisabej901
Yo Creci listening to his music and the music of the great SONORA MATANCERA, they don't make good music like that anymore.
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El Jefe, El Inquieto Anacovero siempre vivira en el alma del pueblo latinoameric a n o > . Barranquilla y Cartagena fueron muchas veces sus ciudades preferidas cuando estaba de rumba, Grabo un LP con Pedro Laza que oigo con mucho del;iete, tambien grabo con la Sonora del Caribe de Cesar Pompeyo y con los Diplomaticos tiene un LP>. Daniel Santos es el alma del pueblo del Caribe y de toda Latinoameric a . viviras para siempre .

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Tuve el placer de conocer a Daniel personalment e en el ano 1967 una muy buena persona y agradable en su trato su voz inigualable' Capy
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wonderful music and singer
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yo creci oyendo sus canciones cuando,mama siempre lo ponia en Costa Rica
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mborington
my brothers and me were kids of the the streets of Puerto Rico in the early 60s, n we would handg out by the piers begging for money from the seamerchants and the people working at the piers, this kind of music was always playing....b r i n g s back really mixed emotions.... l o v e it...
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3A9QEA95
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esto para mi es musica, me recuerdo de mi abuela en Panama. En la mananas preparando Hojaldaras.
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LO MAXIMO super super
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En un Dia como hoy requeldoa mi madre.La estrainio mucho
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Esta es la mejor musica que siempre quedara en el recuerdo, con la tambien añoro a mi padre, independient e m e n t e que yo no haya sido de ese tiempo tan hermoso, sigo pensando que esta musica es lo mejor que ha habido!
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I love to listen to Daniel Santos sing. The words are so beautiful, poetic, heartfelt . I like many grew up with this music. My father would play his albums on the Hi-Fi. I often will close my eyes sit back and i can hear my parents in the back ground of my mind. It often brings tears to my eyes as they are both gone now. We need more of this music..
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rosa60030
Yo,desde nin~a me complacia oyendo a mi mami cantar sus cansiones y luego mi mami se deleitaba oyendome,ami . c u a n d o ya ella no podia cantar. Hoy en dia no tengo a mi mama,conmigo pero al oir esta musica se vienen a mi memoria todos esos recuerdos gratos. Ahora quisiera saber si algunode ustedes me pudiera decir donde comprar musica de el a duo co davilita{ pedro ortiz DAVILA. GRACIAS .
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joga530
I had the pleasure to see and listen to him live in my hometown in Nicaragua, I was like 10 y.o. now I'm 63 and I still love to listen to him.
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rrc1159
My Grandfather, my Father, mi and know my kids love his music. "His music is forever".
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jlmr4650
the best spanish music I have ever heard
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