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La Sonora Matancera - Best Boleros

Featuring Hits from Celia Cruz, Bienvenido Granda, Nelson Pinedo, and More!

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La Sonora Matancera is one of the most influential groups in the history of Latin music. With their innovative brass sections and amazing lineup of artists, which included singers like Celia Cruz, Bienvenido Granda and Daniel Santos, this group became an authentic ambassador of Cuban music around the world.

A big chunk of the popularity that La Sonora Matancera built across Latin America was the result of the way this band played Bolero music. Let's take a look at some of the best boleros ever produced by this unforgettable Cuban group.

"Total" - Celio Gonzalez

Thanks to his amazing voice, Celio Gonzalez enjoyed lots of popularity during the time he played alongside La Sonora Matancera. "Total" is one of the most famous boleros recorded by this artist. This single is one of those tracks where you can fully appreciate the unique sound produced by the trumpets of the legendary Cuban band.

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"Tu Voz" - Celia Cruz

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Photo Courtesy Seeco

Celia Cruz is mostly known for her contributions to Salsa music. However, those who are familiar with the repertoire that this Latin music legend produced know very well Celia Cruz was also a talented Bolero singer. "Tu Voz," a bolero she recorded with La Sonora Matancera is not only her best track in this field but also one of the best songs ever produced by the Queen of Salsa.

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"Piel Canela" - Bobby Capo

Although La Sonora Matancera was a Cuban band, its legendary artist lineup included singers from different Latin American countries. One of them was the famous and talented Puerto Rican singer Bobby Capo. "Piel Canela" is the best Bolero track recorded by Bobby Capo with La Sonora Matancera and one of the most famous boleros in history.

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"Aunque Me Cueste La Vida" - Alberto Beltran

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Photo Courtesy YOYO USA, Inc.

Alberto Beltran was a talented Dominican singer who joined La Sonora Matancera in 1954. That year, the band released "Aunque Me Cueste La Vida," one of the most popular boleros produced by La Sonora Matancera.

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"En El Juego De La Vida" - Daniel Santos

Originally from Puerto Rico, Daniel Santos's career was mainly shaped around Bolero music. He joined La Sonora Matancera in 1948 and played alongside the band for over four years. Besides hits like "Dos Gardenias" and "El Tibiri Tabara," "En El Juego De La Vida" became one of his most enduring boleros.

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"Los Aretes De la Luna" - Vicentico Valdes

Vicentico Valdes is the voice behind "Los Aretes De La Luna," one of the most romantic boleros ever produced by the legendary Cuban band. It can't get any more romantic than saying "I am keeping the earings the moon is missing to make a necklace for you..." The soft musical arrangement on this song are just fantastic.

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"Historia De Un Amor" - Leo Marini

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Photo Courtesy YOYO USA Digital

Originally from Argentina, Leo Marini is one of the most famous singers in the history of La Sonora Matancera. "Historia De Un Amor," one of the most famous boleros ever written, was one of the several hits Leo Marini recorded during the years he worked with La Sonora Matancera. This is a good track to enjoy the clean voice that Leo Marini brought to the legendary Cuban band.

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"Desesperacion" - Nelson Pinedo

Colombia provided La Sonora Matancera with one of its most romantic and sweet voices. Originally from Barranquilla, Nelson Pinedo joined the Cuban band in 1954. He played alongside La Sonora Matancera for over five years producing several hits. Out of all the songs he recorded with La Sonora, "Desesperacion" is definitely his most outstanding Bolero track.

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"Todo Me Gusta De Ti" - Alberto Beltran

"Todo Me Gusta De Ti" (I like Everything about You) is another fantastic bolero that Aberto Beltran recorded in 1956. For more than half a century, this track has been one of the favorite boleros among fans of La Sonora Matancera. Alberto Beltran's voice sounds just plain fantastic in this very romantic single.

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"En La Orilla Del Mar" - Bienvenido Granda

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Photo Courtesy Seeco

Very often, fans of La Sonora Matancera refer to Bienvenido Granda as the greatest Bolero singer in the history of the band. Known as 'El bigote que canta' (The mustache that sings), "En La Orilla Del Mar" is one of the classic hits recorded by Granda. This is a great track to fully appreciate the amazing voice and romaticism of this legendary singer.

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