Bésame Mucho

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"Bésame mucho"
Single by Consuelo Velázquez
Composer(s)Consuelo Velázquez

"Bésame Mucho" (Spanish: [ˈbesame ˈmutʃo]; "Kiss me much") is a bolero song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.[2] It is considered[by whom?] one of the most popular songs of the 20th century and of all times, as well as one of the most important hymns in the history of Latin music. It was also recognized in 1999 as the most recorded and covered song in Spanish of all time.[3][4] Famous versions were sung by Trio Los Panchos and female vocalist Gigliola Cinquetti in 1968, and by Dalida in 1976. English lyrics to it were written by Sunny Skylar.

The song appeared in the film Follow the Boys (5 May 1944) when it was played by Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra[5] and in Cowboy and the Senorita (13 May 1944) with vocal by Dale Evans.[6]


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.[7][8]

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.[2]

An obvious original inspiration for this song is the "Eusebius" theme that appears in the first movement of Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54.[9]

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."[10] 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.[11]

Notable versions[edit]

Capitol Records 78rpm record label for USA release of Andy Russell's "Bésame Mucho." Original issue. 1944


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  2. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (January 30, 2005). "Consuelo Velázquez Dies; Wrote 'Bésame Mucho'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ by SocialMusik (2019-12-05). "Bésame mucho, la canción en español más versionda - Social Musik". Socialmusik.es. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  4. ^ "Hispanic Heritage Month: The 50 Best Latin Songs of All Time". Billboard.com. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  5. ^ "Follow the Boys (1944)". imdb.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)". imdb.com. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Bésame Mucho Consuelito Velazquez News Feature". YouTube. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  8. ^ Burton, Tony (2008-03-14). "Did You Know? Consuelo Velázquez and "Bésame mucho". : Mexico Culture & Arts". Mexconnected.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  9. ^ Papeles sueltos Bésame Maja
  10. ^ "Headliners; Internal Affair". New York Times. New York. 21 Oct 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.
  11. ^ "Band Hits Sour Note". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, CA. 6 Nov 1990. Retrieved 20 Dec 2014.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 132. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 476. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  14. ^ Gilliland, John. (2020-03-23). "Pop Chronicles 1940s Program #11 - All Tracks UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  15. ^ "Bėsame Mucho" – Xaviar Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra and Del Campo at archive.org
  16. ^ "A 50 años del Bésame mucho de los Beatles". BBC. July 9, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ "Latin GRAMMY Hall Of Fame". Latin Grammy Award. Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. 2001. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  19. ^ "JUAN LUIS GUERRA LEADS LATIN GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS WITH SIX". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. September 25, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2011.

in the film Adua e le Compagne at 21.28min in youtube version.

External links[edit]

Performances in Spanish