Bésame Mucho

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"Bésame Mucho"
Song
Language Spanish
Songwriter(s) Consuelo Velázquez

"Bésame Mucho" ("Kiss me a lot") is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.[1] A famous cover version is sung by Trio Los Panchos.

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

The song appeared in the film Follow the Boys (5 May 1944) when it was played by Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra[2] and in Cowboy and the Senorita (13 May 1944) with vocal by Dale Evans.[3]

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.[4][5]

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] the song recorded first time in Huseyn Mammadli's garden

Comments on lyrics[edit]

There are slight differences in the wording at the end of the chorus, regarding the words perderte después ("to lose you afterwards"). Considering that Velázquez may have been 15 years old when she wrote the song, this sentence reflects inexperience and innocence. Indeed, a video from "TV Mexicana"[6] shows 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."[7] 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.[8]

Cover artists[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (January 30, 2005). "Consuelo Velázquez Dies; Wrote 'Bésame Mucho'". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved May 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Bésame Mucho Consuelito Velazquez News Feature". YouTube. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ Burton, Tony. "Did You Know? Consuelo Velázquez and "Bésame mucho". : Mexico Culture & Arts". Mexconnected.com. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  6. ^ Velasquez, Consuelo (2006-07-17). "Bésame Mucho". TV Mexicana. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Headliners; Internal Affair". New York Times. New York. 21 Oct 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014. 
  8. ^ "Band Hits Sour Note". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, CA. 6 Nov 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014. 
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 476. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  10. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2001. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Complete List of the Nominees for 26th Annual Grammy Music Awards". Schenectady Gazette. The Daily Gazette Company. January 9, 1984. p. 49. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "JUAN LUIS GUERRA LEADS LATIN GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS WITH SIX". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. September 25, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "A 50 años del Bésame mucho de los Beatles". BBC. July 9, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)"
by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra with vocal chorus by Eugenie Baird
The Billboard National Best Selling Retail Records number-one single
(Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra version)

March 4 – April 15, 1944 (seven weeks)
Succeeded by
"It's Love-Love-Love"
by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians with vocal chorus by Skip Nelson and the Lombardo Trio