Cook Music Library Digital Exhibitions

Bésame Mucho

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Bésame mucho: Boleros, a musical genre as told by a song

One of the most famous songs written by a Mexican composer is “Bésame mucho,” (“Kiss me a lot”) by Consuelo Velázquez. Inspired by the aria “Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruiseñor” from the one-act opera "Goyescas" by Enrique Granados, it was first recorded in 1941 by Emilio Tuero and Chela Campos. Since then, it has been translated into over twenty languages, featured in movies, and performed over two million times on radio and television.

“Bésame mucho” has been recorded by The Beatles, Dizzy Gillespie, and others in styles ranging from a capella to jazz to trio bolero. You can listen to some of those recordings and the albums they are featured on through the links provided here.

Musical selections available through Naxos Music Library and Media Collections Online to authorized users.

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