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date: 22 August 2019

Santos (Betancourt), Daniel (Doroteo)locked

  • Marysol Quevedo



(b Santurce, PR, Feb 5, 1916; d Ocala, FL, Nov 27, 1992). Puerto Rican singer and composer. Santos mainly worked in the bolero genre, but also explored other tropical genres, such as the plena, guaracha, and Cuban rumba. Santos and his family moved to New York when he was eight years old and, at the age of 14, he debuted with the Trío Lírico in 1930. He later became a member of the cuarteto Flores, cuarteto Lírico, sexteto Yumarí, and the López Brothers’ Orchestra, and recorded for Decca and RCA Victor as the lead singer of the cuarteto Flores. He was the lead singer in Xavier Cugat’s Orchestra. After time in the army during World War II, he toured Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, where he worked for the radio station RHC Cadena Azul while also performing live and recording with the Sonora Matancera. Critics credit his popularity to his ability to identify with Caribbean linguistic diversity. He was also one of the most influential interpreters of songs by Rafael Hernández and Pedro Flores. Santos composed over 400 songs and recorded over 300 albums. In Cuba, Santos met the famous Trío Matamoros, who shaped his musical style. He was also influenced by Benny Moré and Ñico Saquito. Santos was a member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and was active in the Puerto Rican independence movement....

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