Sabor a Mí
"Sabor a Mí" ("Taste of Me") is a 1959 bolero by Mexican composer and singer Álvaro Carrillo. It was internationally popularized by Los Panchos, who collaborated on their rendition with Eydie Gormé in 1964. Among the over 300 songs that he created, this song was considered Carrillo's biggest hit both in Mexico and internationally. Since its creation, the song has been covered by several artists, including among them Mexican singer Luis Miguel, Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdes, k-pop boygroup EXO, and the Mexican American musicians Los Lobos.
Luis Miguel version
|"Sabor a Mí"|
|Single by Luis Miguel|
|from the album Romances|
|Genre||Latin pop, bolero|
|Luis Miguel singles chronology|
In 1997, Mexican singer Luis Miguel covered "Sabor a Mí" on his album Romances. It was released as the sixth single from the album in 1998 and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs. Miguel's cover was recognized as one of the best-performing songs of the year at the 1999 BMI Latin Awards.
Miguel's rendition received unfavorable reviews from music critics. Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News noted that Miguel's cover of Sabor a Mí "retains some of its exotic, flamenco guitar-fueled flavor". Fernando Gonzalez of the Orange County Register was not impressed with Miguel's take as he felt that Miguel "sounds simply loud, rather than romantic". Los Angeles Times editor Ernesto Lechnero also criticized Luis Miguel's version of "Sabor a Mí" and stated that is "spun out of control with the addition of drums, reducing the lilting melody to something reminiscent of a TV commercial jingle".
José José covered the song when he played Álvaro Carrillo in the 1988 biopic.
As part of the Music Bank World Tour, the South Korean band EXO-K sang Sabor a Mí in Spanish at the "Music Bank in Mexico" show in Mexico City in 2014. The recording of the performance garnered millions of views online.
Other artists who have covered this song or made their own rendition include the following: Armando Manzanero, Bebo Valdés, Pérez Prado, Isabel Pantoja, Javier Solís, Charles Manson, Rolando Laserie, Los Lobos, Los Sabandeños, Lucho Gatica, Manoella Torres, Mari Trini, Mina, Peppino di Capri, Orietta Berti, Lila Downs, José Feliciano, Carlos Cuevas, El Pescaílla, Los Ángeles Negros, David Cavazos, Rey Gordinflón, Tinku, Freddy Castillo, Monsieur Periné, El Chicano, The Mavericks, Cyrille Aimée, Jonathan Richman and Tony Glausi, among others.
In 2011, Filipino traditional music duo HARANA PINOY made a cover of the song in the Filipino Harana (serenade) style a form of serenading from the Philippines.
In 2021, a version of the song was featured in "Cry Macho".
The Mavericks included the song on their 2020 album, en Español.
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