Osvaldo Farrés

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Born(1903-01-13)January 13, 1903
Quemado de Güines, Las Villas
DiedDecember 22, 1985(1985-12-22) (aged 83)
West New York, New Jersey  US
External audio
You may hear a performance of Osvaldo Farrés bolero "Tres Palabras" by Luis G. Roldan with Alfredo Antonini's CBS Pan American Orchestra and the accordionist John Serry Sr. in 194? Here

Osvaldo Farrés (January 13, 1903- December 22, 1985) was a Cuban songwriter and composer best known for having written the songs "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás", "Acercate Mas", "En El Mar", and "Tres Palabras."

Early life[edit]

Farrés was born in 1903 in the small city of Quemado de Güines, Las Villas, Cuba.


Although unable to read or write music, he became a prolific and world-renowned composer. His songs include "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás", "Acercate Mas", "Tres Palabras", "Toda Una Vida" and his own favorite "Madrecita" written in honor of his mother and sung to this day in Latin America on Mother's Day.

His songs have been performed and recorded by stars such as Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Eydie Gorme, Pedro Vargas, Raquel Bitton, Charles Aznavour, Luis Miguel, Maurice Chevalier, Sara Montiel, Olga Guillot, John Serry Sr., Cake[1][2] and many others.

Personal life[edit]

In 1962, Farrés and his wife, Fina del Peso Farrés, left Cuba. They never returned. He died in West New York, New Jersey, in 1985.


  1. ^ Latin American Music - Alfredo Antonini and Viva America Orchestra sound recording at the Library of Congress Online Catalog at Catalog.loc.gov Latin American Music at the Library of Congress Online Catalog catalog.loc.gov
  2. ^ The Billboard. "Advanced Record Releases - Alfredo Antonini and Viva America Orchestra", New York, Vol. 58 No. 14, 6 April 1946, P. 34 & P. 130 Latin American Music - Alfredo Antonini and Viva America Orchestra in Billboard on books.google.com

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