Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This song, Besame Mucho, was written in 1940 by a young Mexican woman, Consuelo Velazquez, and it has grown to become the most celebrated, most acclaimed, and most performed and recorded song to ever come out of Mexico. Consuelo was also a very gifted classical pianist who graced the concert stage in Mexico and around the world.  In addition to that, she was very beautiful.

Besame Mucho has been translated into about 50 languages, including English. The English version was sung by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and many other greats, including Elvis Presley. It really became a Big Band and Jazz Standard and still is. But, to my ears, this song needs to be sung in Spanish to really get the feel of it. So, that's how I have sung it. And I thank my good friend Paul Popa for adding his guitar sound to it.

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