"`Just Sang My Last Song' sounds good for a song title...It is just a plain suicide. I have needed a long rest. And this is probably the longest one I'll get." So read the note left by the 30-year-old Cuban pianist and singer-songwriter on December 3, 1931, shortly before he stuffed towels around the doors and windows of his Manhattan apartment at 176 West Eighty-sixth Street and then opened the gas jets on a kitchen range. According to friends, although Utrera had a contract with the Columbia Phonograph Company to make Spanish language records, he was concerned over a recent lack of work and an impending operation.