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Songwriter Alberto Domínguez in 1941
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audio icon You may listen to Juan Arvizu performing Alberto Domínguez's bolero Perfidia with the Lorenzo Barcelata Orchestra here

"Perfidia" (Spanish for "perfidy", meaning faithlessness, treachery or betrayal) is a 1939 Spanish-language song written by Mexican composer and arranger Alberto Domínguez (1906–1975). The song is sung from the perspective of a man whose lover has left him. The song has also been recorded in English (with lyrics by Milton Leeds) and as an instrumental.[1]


  • The song became a hit for Xavier Cugat on the Victor label in 1940.
  • In late 1960, a rock instrumental version of "Perfidia" was released by the Ventures, which rose to number 15 on the Billboard chart.[2] The record was a Top 10 hit on a number of popular music radio stations, including KYA in San Francisco, KLIF Dallas, KOL Seattle, KDWB Minneapolis, WHK Cleveland, KIMN Denver, and KISN Portland. The record topped out at number 11 on the charts of WLS Chicago, and WIBG Philadelphia.

Other recordings[edit]

"Perfidia" has been recorded by many artists, including:

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "Search Results for 'perfidia'". SecondHandSongs.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 884.
  3. ^ Perfidia interpreted by Juan Arvizu and the Lorenzo Barcelata Orchestra on
  4. ^ Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960–2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 48.
  5. ^ "Pop Chronicles 1940s Program #5". 1972. Archived from the original on 2020-04-11. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  6. ^ "Leaf Player". NPR. Archived from the original on 8 August 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  7. ^ Johnson, Nora (1985). Tender Offer. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 176–200. ISBN 0-671-55666-5.
  8. ^ Mason, Deborah. Time Bomb. The New York Times, October 19, 1997. Accessed January 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Lannert, John (March 30, 1993). "Secada Lead Latin Noms Following Grammy Win". Billboard. Vol. 105, no. 10. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 10. Archived from the original on January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2013.