Bésame Mucho

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For the Brazilian film, see Besame Mucho (film).
"Bésame Mucho"
Song
Writer(s) Consuelo Velázquez
Language Spanish

"Bésame Mucho" (Kiss me generously) is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.[1]

It is one of the most famous boleros, and was recognized in 1999 as the most sung and recorded Mexican song in the world.

Inspiration[edit]

According to Velázquez herself, she wrote this song even though she had never been kissed yet at the time and kissing, as she heard, was considered a sin.[2][3]

She was inspired by the piano piece "Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruiseñor" from the 1911 suite Goyescas by Spanish composer Enrique Granados, which he later also included as Aria of the Nightingale in his 1916 opera of the same name.[1]

Comments on lyrics[edit]

There are slight differences in the wording at the end of the chorus, regarding the words perderte después meaning "to lose you afterwards". Considering that Velázquez may have been fifteen years old when she wrote the song, this sentence reflects inexperience and innocence. Indeed, a video from "TV Mexicana"[4] shows Consuelo Velázquez playing the piano while the singer sings perderte después. Many interpretations use perderte otra vez ("lose you once again") instead of the original perderte después ("lose you afterwards").

The line "Besame mucho, que tengo miedo a perderte después" means "Kiss me a lot, as I am afraid of losing you afterwards." The word "mucho" may suggest a desire for the kiss to linger, as it may be the couple's last time being together.

An English-language version of the song was written by Sunny Skylar. The lyrics are different from the direct English translation of the original, but retain the Spanish Bésame mucho.

"Bésame Mucho" is also known by translated names such as "Kiss Me Much," "Kiss Me a Lot," "Kiss Me Again and Again," "Embrasse-moi fort," "Stale Ma Bozkavaj," "Suutele minua", "Szeretlek én" and "Mara beboos".

In politics[edit]

In Brazil in 1990, an affair between the Minister of Economics Zélia Cardoso de Mello and the minister of Justice Bernardo Cabral was revealed when the two danced cheek to cheek to "Bésame Mucho."[5] A few days later, the presidential band was to introduce Cardoso de Mello with a military march. Instead, the director of the band had them play "Bésame Mucho." He was placed under house arrest for 3 days for insubordination.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (January 30, 2005). "Consuelo Velázquez Dies; Wrote 'Bésame Mucho'". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Bésame Mucho Consuelito Velazquez News Feature". YouTube. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ Burton, Tony. "Did You Know? Consuelo Velázquez and "Bésame mucho". : Mexico Culture & Arts". Mexconnected.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  4. ^ "TV Mexicana Consuelo Velasquez Bésame Mucho". YouTube. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Headliners; Internal Affair". New York Times (New York). 21 Oct 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014. 
  6. ^ "Band Hits Sour Note". Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, CA). 6 Nov 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
"My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart)" by Glen Gray
U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single (Jimmy Dorsey version)
March 4 – April 15, 1944
Succeeded by
"It's Love-Love-Love" by Guy Lombardo