Gustavo Adolfo Palma

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Gustavo Adolfo Palma
Gustavo Adolfo Palma
Background information
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" by Guatemalan radio personality José Flamenco y Cotero-.[1]

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 aficionado programs at the Theater "Abril".<reef name=diario2010/>


Palma in the recording studios of TGW in 1936.[1]

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 music teacher who led several singers to great success at that time.[2]

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"; Palma won first place and was awarded with a professional career in Mexico, where he signed a contract with XEW, shared the music scene with Jorge Negrete, and was accompanied by some of the best broadcast orchestras.[3]

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 Raúl Martinez 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.[4][5]

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 discography seals.

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 a then unknown Ricardo Arjona.

Palma also composed of some romantic songs[6] and in 1976, he was the main protagonist of the photo soap opera called "Maria", acting with other Guatemalan singers, among them Elizabeth of Guatemala.[7] On September 2005 he received a tribute, during the 75 the commemorative acts of anniversary of the TGW.[6]

His last recording, called "Yesterday, Today and Always," was released in 1971.[8]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]




  • Cuevas, S (2009). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma". Aquí Guatemala (in Spanish). Guatemala. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  • The Internet Movie Database (1990). "El Cristo Negro (1955)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 


  • Radio, Cine, Teatro Club (1944). Adiós a Gustavo Adolfo Palma (in Spanish). Talleres Gutenberg. 
  • Palma y Palma, César Augusto (1979). La Tierra que ya Perdí (in Spanish). Guatemala: publisher Oscar Castillo. 
  • de León Aragón, Oscar (2003). Memorias de un Estudiante del 44 (in Spanish). Guatemala: publisher Universitaria. p. 79. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lux (1944). "Beneficio y despedida del tenor Gustavo Adolfo Palma". Lux (in Spanish). Talleres Gutenberg. 
  • Asociación Guatemalteca de Autores y Compositores (1984). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma". Revista AGAYC (in Spanish). Guatemala. IV (12): 51. 
  • Diario de Centro América (3 February 2010). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma, El Tenor de Centroamérica". Diario de Centro América (in Spanish). Guatemala: 13. 
  • El Imparcial (28 October 1970). "Tanya Zea y G. A. Palma Triunfadores". El Imparcial (in Spanish). Guatemala: 4. 
  • — (20 March 1976). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma". El Imparcial (in Spanish). Guatemala: 11. 
  • — (29 July 1976). "Fotonovela guatemalteca saldrá a circulación". El Imparcial (in Spanish). Guatemala: 10. 
  • La Estrella de Panamá (22 October 1970). "Tanya, de Guatemala en gentil visita". La Estrella de Panamá (in Spanish). Panamá: 10. 
  • La Nación (30 October 1970). "Festival de la Canción Centroamericana". La Nación (in Spanish). Guatemala: 13. 
  • — (4 June 1971). "Zea y Palma". La Nación (in Spanish). Guatemala: 5. 
  • — (1970). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma invitado de honor en Panamá". La Nación (in Spanish). Guatemala. Año 1 (239): 1. 
  • — (21 October 1970). "Llegan delegaciones de artistas para el Festival de la Canción". La Nación (in Spanish). Guatemala: 3. 
  • — (28 November 1971). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma". La Nación (in Spanish). Guatemala: 14. 
  • Lemus, Juan Carlos (18 April 2010). "Palma, una época". Revista D, Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala (301): 26–28. 
  • Monsanto, Guillermo (1 March 2010). "Tres Puntos: Ernesto Bravo y Gustavo Adolfo Palma". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 78. 
  • — (8 March 2010). "Tres Puntos: Gustavo Adolfo Palma". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 78. 
  • — (15 March 2010). "Tres Puntos: Palma y Rosales". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 79. 
  • Palma, José Luis (7 November 1971). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma graba su primer disco". La Nación (in Spanish). Guatemala: 6. 
  • Prensa Libre (21 June 1973). "Gustavo Adolfo Palma – canciones de ayer, hoy …y siempre !". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 26. 
  • — (30 June 1979). "Rio Show". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 98. 
  • — (22 May 1981). "Anuncian segunda temporada de "Fantasía Musical" de Gran Gala". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 18. 
  • — (26 November 1981). "50 nuevas canciones grabó la AGAYC". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 72. 
  • — (5 June 1984). "Escenario de hoy martes". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala: 24. 
  • — (1985). "Conociendo 100 cantantes". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Guatemala (194): 21. 

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