Friday, October 11, 2013

Adolfo Utrera -- The Longest Siesta

cubanosfamosos.com
"`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.

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