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Artist Biography For Sexteto Flores

Pedro Flores Pedro Juan Flores Córdova Naguabo Puerto Rico March 9 1894 – San Juan Puerto Rico July 14 1979 Was One Of Puerto Rico's Best Known Composers Of Ballads And Boleros. Flores Was One Of 12 Children Born Into A Poor Family Flores' Father Died When He Was Only Nine Years Old And Therefore He Was Forced To Work At A Young Age. When He Was 16 Years Old He Took A Special Course In The University Of Puerto Rico Universidad De Puerto Rico And Received His Teachers Certificate. Flores Taught For Five Years And Worked For One Year At A Sugar Mill In The Island Of Vieques. In 1918 He Served In A Clerical Position In The U.S. Army. He Was Honorably Discharged From The Army When He Was 24 Years Old. Flores Went To New York Without Any Formal Musical Education And Joined Another Puerto Rican Composer Rafael Hernández In His "Trio Borinquen". Even Though Flores And Hernandez Became Very Good Friends They Also Became Competitors As Composers. When Flores Wrote "Sin Banderas" Hernandez Rushed And Wrote "Preciosa". In 1930 Flores Formed His Own Trio Which He Named "Trio Galon" And Whose Music And Songs Had A Faster Beat Then The "Trio Borinquen". Flores Had Problems With The Music Publishing Company And He Abandoned The Trio. He Moved To Mexico And Then Lived In Cuba For A Short Period Of Time. Flores Eventually Returned To New York Where He Reorganized His "old" Trio. Some Of The Singers Of This New Trio Were Myrta Silva Daniel Santos And Pedro Ortiz Davila "Davilita". Pedro Ortiz Davila A.K.A. "Davilita" May 21 1912 – July 8 1986 Was A Popular Singer Of Boleros And Puerto Rican Patriotic Songs. Davilita Was Born In Bayamón Puerto Rico His Parents However Moved To New York When He Was Only A Child And Settled Down In East Harlem Which Is Also Known As "Spanish Harlem" Or "El Barrio". Davilita Learned To Play The Guitar At A Young Age And Entertained His Family With His Voice. One Of The Places Which Davilita Frequented Was Hernandez Record Store In "El Barrio" Which Was A Common Gathering Place For Young Latin Musicians At The Time In 1929 17 Year Old Davilita Met By Chance The Renowned Puerto Rican Composer Rafael Hernández. Davilita Got Along With Hernandez And Was Able To See The Unfinished Version Of Hernandez's Composition "Lamento Borincano". Davilita Asked Hernandez If He Could Record The Song But Hernandez Thought That He Was Too Young And Declined His Request. The Song Was To Be Recorded By Ramon "Canario" Quiroz With Davilita And Fausto Delgado As Back-Ups But Fate Had A Different Plan. Quiroz Became Ill On The Day Of The Recording And Davilita Ended Up Doing The Recording As The Lead Voice. Davilita Became Very Popular In The New York Latin Scene And Was Soon Working With Many Latin Artists. It Wasn't Long Before He Met Pedro Flores A Fellow Puerto Rican And Composer. He Was Asked By Flores To Join His "Sexteto Flores" Along With Myrta Silva And Daniel Santos. Davilita Accepted And Became The Lead Singer In Many Of Flores' Boleros. He Traveled To Many Countries With The Sexteto. Some Of The Songs Written By Flores Were "Amor Perdido" Lost Love "Bajo Un Palmar" Under The Palm Tree "Borracho No Vale" which May Translate To "Being Drunk Doesn't Count" Or "A Drunk Isn't Worth Anything" "Linda" "Sin Banderas" Without A Flag "Despedida" Farewell And "Perdon" I'm Sorry . Among Those Who Have Performed His Songs Are Beny More Los Panchos Celia Cruz And Maria Luisa Landin. A 1996 Television Special Honoring His Work Features Versions By Many Puerto Rican And International Artists Such As Ednita Nazario Marc Anthony Yolandita Monge And Shakira. Pedro Flores Died In San Juan Puerto Rico On July 14 1979 And Is Buried In Santa Maria Magdalena De Pazzis Cemetery Located In Old San Juan Read More On Last.Fm. User-Contributed Text Is Available Under The Creative Commons By-SA License Additional Terms May Apply.