Luis Demetrio

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Luis Demetrio (birthname: Luis Demetrio Traconis Molina) (April 21, 1931– December 17, 2007) was a Mexican singer and composer. He composed the pop standardSway”.

Early life[edit]

He was youngest of four children and only son of Don Juan B. Traconis and Ofelia Molina, born in Mérida, Yucatán.

At the age of three he showed his inclination for music playing Yucatecan popular tunes on a harmonica. At 12 years of age he revealed his gifts as a composer with his first song, “Happiness”.

Mexico City[edit]

In 1948 he came to Mexico City to pursue a career in accounting, as his family wanted, but he was ambitious to become a musician. So, without neglecting his duties as a student, I knew introduced to the show, and for the year 1950, the then famous Avileño trio, he recorded his song “I do not know what I feel here”, and almost simultaneously, Damaso Perez Prado the 'King of Mambo', presented this subject, renamed “Beer”.

When Perez Prado met Luis Demetrio he believed in his vocal skills and invited him to join the chorus of his orchestra, which was the main attraction of the popular Teatro Margo.


By 1954, at the height of Cha-Cha-Cha, Luis Demetrio choirs Latin Cuban orchestra, directed by Maestro integrated. Ninon Mondejar, who immediately included in its repertoire and records songs Luis Demetrio Cha-Cha-Cha-Chavela, In you, in you, do you expect, Cha-Cha-Cha with melody, Love me a little more, The Salk vaccine, and several others, to complete a dozen hits with the orchestra.

In 1955 the famous harmonic Cuartero, who were also his countrymen, he recorded his themes Two strangers and You're everything to me, the latter also a big hit in the voice of the famous composer Luis Arcaraz consolidating it with his orchestra. Arcaraz also recorded “Calendar” and “To come back to me”.

In 1957, The gate is placed between the favorites of public speaking in the voice of famed Chilean singer Lucho Gatica.

In 1958 Luis Demetrio issues were interpreted by major singers of that era. Pedro Vargas he recorded You're poisoning; Andy Russell, young and beautiful; Miguelito Valdez 'Mr. Babalu', became successful Corazón Salvaje, Virginia and Puerto Lopez did the same with you waiting.

Artistic direction[edit]

Took over the artistic direction of a major record company, retiring from his activity as a composer to see another side of the music industry in 1960 and '61. But inspiration prevailed and chose to return to the composition to create topics as Day to Angélica María; The Wineglass for Olga Guillot; I will, Si Dios Me Quita la Vida and in your hair, Javier Solis, Bravo, with Celia Cruz, and Te Necesito, with Carlos Lico, who made them major hits.

Other topics such as Lean on my soul, the devil and I, Your ashes and mine, in the canteen, Art thou my wife, what a night, what a moon and which cat, hate, Who will (with Pablo Beltran Ruiz) Make the most juice to life, My only fault, and many others were interpreted by Eydie Gormé, Billy Vaughn, Lola Flores, Roberto Ledezma, Lucha Villa, Elena Burke, The Barry Sisters, Tito Rodriguez, Lucecita Benitez Perete, Elis Regina, Gloria Lasso, Mona Bell, Rocio Durcal, Alberto Vazquez, Freddy Noriega, Manolo Muñoz, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Dean Martin, Tito Puente, José Antonio Méndez, Diego El Cigala, Michael Bublé and Luis Miguel, to name a few.


Also, Luis Demetrio songs were included as main subjects and background in numerous films and telenovelas.


Its popularity led to a valuable crop of awards: In 1964 he received the Muse of Radiolandia the best composer of the year; in 1965, the Gold Clover best sales and Silver Goddess Contest XI Mexican TV the best composer; Golden Microphone addition, the National Association of Broadcasters, the best composer; the Aztec Calendar, of the Mexican Association of Journalists of Radio and Television (AMPRyT); the won trophies, New York; Farándula the magazine, also from New York, and the KWKW, Los Angeles, California.

In 1966 he received the Gold Clover Musart for the best sales of the year; Gold Buckle artist of the year, in the Panama Canal 2, and an award and recognition for second place on the 1st. Festival of the Latin Song of Miami, Florida; in 1967 he was awarded the Palme d'Or for first place in the International Festival of Hollywood.

Music history[edit]

In 1970 a new challenge, which assumed with great responsibility and passionate delivery, to promote awareness of the history of Mexico through music, and to the surprise of friends and admirers, won he departed full of artistic activity to undertake it.

Luis Demetrio told: "The tedious and the need to memorize dates, made me hate history class ..." This was one of the reasons that motivated him to create this project.

The poet Salvador Novo encouraged him and offered their collaboration; Luis Demetrio then began developing his work Biographical History of Mexico Sung and Drawings. The project went slowly as a result of its meticulous production. This challenge led him to make a substantial investment that affected its economy.

The Biographical History of Mexico Sung and Drawings consists of 86 songs that address events since pre-Hispanic times to the efforts of some presidents of Mexico. Luis Demetrio was based on the textbooks of the Ministry of Education, but also the support of Salvador Novo, historians David Sandoval Garcia and Miguel Sandoval Siberia Taboada, and authors, composers and arrangers like Victor Manuel Mato, Salvador Peniche Laura Acosta, Enrique Acevedo, Mario Patrón, Eduardo Magallanes, Ignacio Gonzalez Murillo, Rigoberto Alfaro, Enrique Neri and Juan Garcia Esquivel; the setting of the Zavala Brothers, while in the narrative voices Guillermo Ochoa, Lourdes Guerrero, Álvaro Mutis and Luis Ignacio Santibanez hear, among others.

In the performances of Aida Cuevas, Dulce, Rosenda Bernal, Armando Manzanero, Carlos Lico, Alberto Vázquez, Pepe Jara, Arianna, Manolo Muñoz, Jorge Macias, Walkers and self Luis Demetrio, among other historical episodes are narrated Mexico through the centuries between the sounds of flutes rubber drums prehispanic reminiscent of flamenco and jazz, lacking the traditional Mexican corridos and music performed by Mariachi Vargas.

Meanwhile, Luis Demetrio made the production of The Biographical History of Mexico Sung and drawings, video and recreation of some passages, with performances by artists like Angelica Aragon and Rogelio Guerra.

Thus, this project Luis Demetrio took several decades of exhaustive work, was formally formed in 10 CDs and 10 DVDs in English and Spanish, subtitled in both languages, as a material of great utility created primarily for children Mexican and for people with hearing disabilities.

This work has received recognition from samples personalities of Mexican society, authorities and intellectuals, as a new system for the teaching of history to current and future generations.

Properly protected your copyright, this unique work in the world gave Luis Demetrio the pattern to create songs inspired by international characters and their historic surroundings, like Hirohito (Japan), Winston Churchill (Great Britain), General Franco (Spain) Mussolini (Italy), Charles De Gaulle (France), and Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (USA), among others, performed in the language of the country.


By 1981 Luis Demetrio resumed his artistic activity with tours both in Mexico and abroad, and seasons cabaret in the Hotel del Prado, The Scene, The Loot, The Gatsby Stouffer Presidente Hotel, Restaurant Lake, the Ambassador and the Camino Real.

In 1991 he was invited to collaborate with television Morelos and was thus produced the musical La Casa de Luis Demetrio (1991-1994) series, and La Puerta de Luis Demetrio (1995-1997), which had as many guests renowned artists both nationally and internationally.

Tireless in everything related to music making, Luis Demetrio also produced a series of albums to honor great Mexican composers, entitled I Am, which contains the biographies in video and the most representative compositions of each author, which include Ricardo Palmerín, Augie Cardenas, Pepe Dominguez, Armando Manzanero, Los Montejo, Sergio Esquivel, Agustín Lara, Gonzalo Curiel and Alvaro Carrillo, among others.

On October 26, 2005, the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico, in its first edition of Career Awards honored the Maestro. Luis Demetrio occasion of his 50 years as a composer.


Luis Demetrio died on December 17, 2007, in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos, and his legacy enriches the musical heritage of Mexico.

On February 24, 2010 his bronze bust by sculptor Sergio Peraza Avila in the Plaza de los Composers Mexico City was unveiled.[1]

Song Catalog[edit]

Luis Demetrio achieved international fame with songs like:

  • ”Calendar”
  • ”The Door”
  • ”If God takes my life”
  • ”Happiness”
  • ”The glass of wine”
  • ”I do not know I'm here”
  • ”You are everything to me”
  • Sway


His songs have been performed by:

  • Rocio Durcal
  • Lucho Gatica
  • Olga Guillot
  • Bambino
  • Damaso Perez Prado
  • Nacho Vegas
  • Pedro Vargas
  • Virginia Lopez
  • Celia Cruz
  • Javier Solis
  • Dean Martin
  • The Barry Sisters
  • The PussyCat Dolls[2]


  1. ^ "Biografía de Luis Demetrio - SACM". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  2. ^ TheHDProduce (2013-05-16), The Pussycat Dolls - Sway ( HD 720p) Official Video, retrieved 2018-03-15