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XVIII Matancero International Meeting, The Dry Leaf Bolero

 

Was scheduled to try the bolero Mexican of Dr. Roque Carbajo titled Leaf dry , the night of 8 August of 2012 during the XVIII Meeting International Matancero held in Medellin , Colombia, in parallel to the famous Fair of the Flowers, from 3 to 12 August 2012

That night , 15 collectors were to try two Mexican boleros But , there was a problem . I was not specified that , apart from its history , I had to present the bolero recorded to be reproduced . What a frustration ! I was out !

However, 80 copies of the original proposal that reads as follows were distributed among musicians, music lovers and friends in the Oscar Velásquez restaurant bar, director of the Colombian forty-year-old Trio América:

In 1944 the Mexican doctor practicing medicine, Mr. Roque Carbajo, created, lyrics and music, this tabernacle and drinks bolero that was very popular in the voice of the tenor, also Mexican, Fernando Rosas, who premiered it with the Mexican orchestra of Panchito Sánchez.

The singer and the master conductor were then the great attraction in the most distinguished hostel in Mexico City, the Hotel Reforma. In 1957, Fernando registered him again for the RCA label with the big band of Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, reaching international projection.

There are other versions in the Mexican voices of Pedro Vargas, Néstor Mesta Chaires, La Hermanas Águila, Trío Los Jaibos, Javier Solís and Vicente Fernández; Cubans Carlos Alas del Casino and Panchito Riset; the southerners El Indio Araucano, Eduardo Farrel, Olimpo Cárdenas and Julio Jaramillo, and the Puerto Ricans Daniel Santos and Tito Rodríguez, among others.

The oldest version, compiled by the author, corresponds to Juan Orol’s Mexican-Spanish-Cuban film, filmed in 1946, entitled El amor de mi bohío, with the performances of Yadira Jiménez and the Cubans Carlos Badía, Ramiro Gómez Kemp and Kiko Mendive In it, accompanied by his guitar and orchestral background, the tenor José Pulido interprets it having a busy bar on stage.

Manuel Roque, was born in 1910 in San Miguel de Allende, State of Guanajuato. He is the author of other memorable songs and boleros, among them, Veracruzana (Toña La Negra), Here you are (Leo Marini, Mario Gil), What am I going to do without you (Genaro Salinas, Pepe Meza), Sadness (Carlos Alas del Casino ), and Memories of you (Los Panchos). He lived many years in Germany. He was a diplomat in Nicaragua in 1948, participating in a contest for the song of honor at 100 years of Managua as a city. Roque passed away on September 9, 1994.

His passionate bolero, Dry Leaf, inherent in the fiery love that ends unilaterally and seeks answers between cups and cups without being able to find them, sticks to the old Mexican bohemia. Lyrics and music, typical of the bolero roconolero, bartender, are still revealing as faith in love, dead by pain. At least in Nicaragua and Mexico it is of current validity among those harmonic trios of voices and guitars, which swarm through the national taverns:

I go out into the street, / looking for comfort, / looking for a love, / but it is impossible, / my faith it’s dry leaf, / that killed the pain… I entered this tavern / so full of things, / wanting to forget, /

but not even the glasses, / Mr. Tabernero, / make me forget…

Fernando Rosas Solís came to the world in San Jerónimo el Grande, Guerrero State, on April 18, 1915. He had to share the great era of Mexican tenors, engaging equally with folk songs, including jocular, that were famous in his fine voice , like Pénjamo and Letter to Eufemia, then also successful Pedro Infante covers.

It seems he had a life somewhat disturbed by his combative character, even violent. He died at age 45, due to meningitis, in Mexico City on March 9, 1959. “The Nightingale de Guerrero” rests in peace in the Garden Pantheon of the Mexican capital city.

Francisco Gutierrez Barreto.
Medellin, Colombia, August 8, 2012. 

 


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