Gustavo Adolfo Palma

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Gustavo Adolfo Palma
Also known as Tenor of Central America
Born (1920-08-31)31 August 1920
Origin Jutiapa, Guatemala
Died 1 December 2009(2009-12-01) (aged 89)
Genres Romantic music
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1936 to 1990
Labels Sello Palma and DIDECA

Gustavo Adolfo Palma (31 August 1920 - 1 December 2009) was a Guatemalan singer, actor, and lyric tenor between 1936 and 1970, nicknamed "the Tenor of Central America."

Early years[edit]

Palma's parents were lawyer Cecilio Palma y Palma and Piedad Recinos. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Guatemala City. He soon began to sing in fan programs at the Theater April.


Gustavo Adolfo Palma made his debut as a professional singer in 1936 with weekly songs on the broadcast radio station TGX. He was a regular singer on the radio during the golden age of Guatemala's state radio station TGW at the age of seventeen. At the age of 20, he was trained in singing by Martha Bolaños de Prado, an outstanding master who led several singers to success at that time.

In 1944, Palma participated in the contest “Trip to Mexico," promoted by Mexico's state radio station XEW, which was looking for the “the Voice of Latin America," where Palma won first place at the age of 24. In Mexico, he shared the music scene with Jorge Negrete and was accompanied by some of the best broadcast orchestras.[clarification needed]

Returning to Guatemala in October 1944, he shared a stage with Pedro Vargas, in the glamorous Salon Granada, located in 6ª Avenue and 11 Street of zone 1 and in 1947, he shared a stage with Pedro Infante in Mansion Victoria of the City of Guatemala. In 1955, he acted in the film “El Cristo Negro” (the Black Christ) with the actors Raul Martinez[disambiguation needed] and Rosa Carmina. The movie filmed in Guatemala and directed and produced by Jose Baviera, of Spanish nationality. This one forms part of the List of Guatemalan films.

In 1956, he was named “most wanted artist”, by popular vote, in a contest promoted by the newspaper Mundo Libre, a testimony to the public's esteem. He recorded with several recording houses of Mexico, as well as “Columbia Records” and “Musart Records”. He recorded other Central American seal discs.

In 1964, he participated in the Central American Festival of the Song, in El Salvador, obtaining a prize for his song “Tonight, my Love”, composed by Marco Tulio Cordón. In 1970, he was the guest of honor in the First Festival of the Central American and Caribbean Song in Panama. The event was carried out 23, 24 and 25 October. Palma interpreted the song “Contigo” ("With You") of his own inspiration, accompanied by an orchestra conducted by maestro Jorge Sarmiento. In this event he again shared the stage with Pedro Vargas.

Palma was artistically versatile, acting in television, radio, night clubs and theaters across the entire Republic. In Guatemala, he was accompanied by famous orchestras led by conductors such as Miguel Sandoval. In 1982, he was the protagonist of the festival “Broadway ‘82” performed in the Teatro Nacional of Guatemala, where he shared the stage with Ricardo Arjona.

Palma was composer of some romantic songs.[clarification needed] In 1976, he was the main protagonist of the photo series "Maria", acting with other Guatemalan singers, among them Elizabeth of Guatemala. In September 2005 he received a tribute, during the 75 the commemorative acts of anniversary of the TGW, the Voice of Guatemala. His last disc, called “Yesterday, Today and Always," was released in 1971.

See also[edit]


  1. "Gustavo Adolfo Palma invitado de honor en Panamá", La Nación (Guatemala), October 20, 1970: 1 .
  2. "Llegan delegaciones de artistas para el Festival de la Canción", La Nación (Guatemala), October 22, 1970: 3 .
  3. "Tanya, de Guatemala en gentil visita", La Estrella de Panamá (Panamá), October 22, 1970: 3 .
  4. "Tanya Zea y G. A. Palma Triunfadores", El Imparcial (Guatemala), October 28, 1970: 4 .
  5. "Festival de la Canción Centroamericana", La Nación (Guatemala), October 30, 1970: 13 .
  6. "Zea y Palma", La Nación (Guatemala), June 4, 1971: 5 .
  7. Palma, José Luis (November 28, 1971), "Gustavo Adolfo Palma", La Nación (Guatemala): 14 .
  8. "Gustavo Adolfo Palma – canciones de ayer, hoy …y siempre !", Prensa Libre (Guatemala), June 21, 1971: 26  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help).
  9. "Gustavo Adolfo Palma", El Imparcial (Guatemala), March 20, 1976: 11 .
  10. "Fotonovela guatemalteca saldrá a circulación", El Imparcial (Guatemala), July 29, 1976: 10 .
  11. "Río Show", Prensa Libre (Guatemala), June 30, 1979: 98 .
  12. "Anuncian segunda temporada de "Fantasía Musical" de Gran Gala", Prensa Libre (Guatemala), May 22, 1981: 18 .
  13. "50 nuevas canciones grabó la AGAYC", Prensa Libre (Guatemala), November 26, 1981: 72 .
  14. "Escenario de hoy martes", Prensa Libre (Guatemala), June 5, 1984: 24 .
  15. "Nuevo Gerente", Asociación Guatemalteca de Autores y Compositores (Guatemala), IV, 12, June 5, 1984: 12, 51 .
  16. "Conociendo 100 cantantes", Prensa Libre (Guatemala), January 15, 1985: 21 .
  17. Arévalo, Rodolfo (February 3, 2010), "Gustavo Adolfo Palma, El Tenor de Centroamérica", Diario de Centroamérica (Guatemala): 13 .
  18. Guillermo, Monsanto (March 1, 2010), "Gustavo Adolfo Palma", Prensa Libre (Guatemala): 80 .
  19. Guillermo, Monsanto (March 8, 2010), "Gustavo Adolfo Palma", Prensa Libre (Guatemala): 78 .
  20. Guillermo, Monsanto (March 15, 2010), "Gustavo Adolfo Palma", Prensa Libre (Guatemala): 79 .
  21. Lemus, Juan Carlos (April 18, 2010), "Palma, una época", Revista D Prensa Libre (Guatemala) 301: 26–28 .
  22. Asociación Amigos del País, Diccionario Biográfico de Guatemala (April 14, 2010), Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemala .
  23. Palma y Palma, César Augusto (1979). La Tierra que ya Perdí. Guatemala: Oscar Castillo. 
  24. de León Aragón, Oscar (2003). Memorias de un Estudiante del 44. Pag. 79. Editorial Universitaria. 

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