La Sonora Matancera

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Initially known as "Septeto Soprano", this Cuban group, created in 1924, adapted its name to "La Sonora Matancera" in 1932. From 1949 to 1950, Myrta Silva (a.k.a. "La Gorda De Oro") was the lead singer in this legendary Cuban salsa-group. Later, on August 3, 1950, Celia Cruz replaced Myrta Silva, who had returned to her native Puerto Rico. Celia Cruz left the group in 1965 only to be re-united 17 years later at a concert at Madison Square Gardens as a tribute to her.
After Rogelio Martínez died in 2001, it was the end of La Sonora Matancera.

La Sonora Matancera has been called, by the Guinness Book of World Records, "The group with the longest duration."

Not to be confused with Conjunto Gloria Matancera (with whom they kind of competed, coming from the same town: Matanzas) or Sonora Gloria Matancera.
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SLP-28 La Sonora Matancera - Selecciones Favoritas De Celia Cruz album art Celia Cruz ,Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz ,Con La Sonora Matancera - Selecciones Favoritas De Celia Cruz(10", MiniAlbum, Mono) Seeco SLP-28 Cuba 1950 Sell This Version
SLP-14 La Sonora Matancera - Los Decanos Del Ritmo Criollo album art La Sonora Matancera Los Decanos Del Ritmo Criollo(10") Seeco SLP-14 US 1952 Sell This Version
SLP-16 La Sonora Matancera - Selecciones Favoritas De Miguelito Valdes album art Miguelito Valdes, Sonora Matancera* Y Noro Morales Miguelito Valdes, Sonora Matancera* Y Noro Morales - Selecciones Favoritas De Miguelito Valdes(10", Album) Seeco SLP-16 US 1952 Sell This Version
SLP-34 La Sonora Matancera - Encores De Sonora Matancera album art La Sonora Matancera Encores De Sonora Matancera (Comp) Seeco SLP-34 US 1953 Sell This Version
SCLP-9072 La Sonora Matancera - Baile Con La Sonora Matancera (Dance To Sonora Matancera) album art La Sonora Matancera Baile Con La Sonora Matancera (Dance To Sonora Matancera) (Album, Comp) Seeco SCLP-9072 US 1956 Sell This Version
SCLP-9062 La Sonora Matancera - Canta Nelson Pinedo (Nelson Pinedo Sings) album art Nelson Pinedo Con La Sonora Matancera Nelson Pinedo Con La Sonora Matancera - Canta Nelson Pinedo (Nelson Pinedo Sings) (Album) Seeco SCLP-9062 US 1956 Sell This Version
SCLP 9100 La Sonora Matancera - Sings album art Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera - Sings (Album) Seeco SCLP 9100 US 1957 Sell This Version
SCLP-9116, TRLP-5125 La Sonora Matancera - Los Invita A Bailar (Invites You To Dance) album art Sonora Matancera* Los Invita A Bailar (Invites You To Dance) (Album, Comp) Seeco, Tropical (3) SCLP-9116, TRLP-5125 US 1957 Sell This Version
SLP-55 La Sonora Matancera - Sonora Matancera's Parade Of Stars album art La Sonora Matancera Sonora Matancera's Parade Of Stars (Comp, Album) Gold Series (3), Gold Series (3) SLP-55 US 1954 Sell This Version
LD-55-050 La Sonora Matancera - Exitos De La Sonora Matancera album art La Sonora Matancera Exitos De La Sonora Matancera(LP, Album) T.K. LD-55-050 Argentina 1957 Sell This Version
SCLP 9151 La Sonora Matancera - Grandes Éxitos De Sonora Matancera (Great Hits Of Sonora Matancera) album art La Sonora Matancera Grandes Éxitos De Sonora Matancera (Great Hits Of Sonora Matancera) (Album) Seeco SCLP 9151 US 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP 9135 La Sonora Matancera - El Ritmico Nelson album art Nelson Pinedo Con La Sonora Matancera Nelson Pinedo Con La Sonora Matancera - El Ritmico Nelson (Album) Seeco SCLP 9135 US 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP 9171 La Sonora Matancera - Su Favorita album art Celia Cruz Con Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Con Sonora Matancera* - Su Favorita (Album, Comp) Seeco SCLP 9171 US 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP 9101 La Sonora Matancera - Cuba's Queen Of Rhythm album art Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* - Cuba's Queen Of Rhythm (Album) Seeco SCLP 9101 US 1958 Sell This Version
9126 La Sonora Matancera - Ahí Viene La Sonora Matancera (Here Comes Sonora Matancera) album art La Sonora Matancera Ahí Viene La Sonora Matancera (Here Comes Sonora Matancera) (Album) Seeco 9126 Costa Rica 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP 9123 La Sonora Matancera - Grandes Éxitos De Bienvenido Granda album art Bienvenido Granda Con La Sonora Matancera Bienvenido Granda Con La Sonora Matancera - Grandes Éxitos De Bienvenido Granda (Album, Comp) Seeco SCLP 9123 Costa Rica 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP-9157 La Sonora Matancera - Navidades Con La Sonora (Christmas Time With Sonora Matancera) album art La Sonora Matancera Navidades Con La Sonora (Christmas Time With Sonora Matancera) (Album) Seeco SCLP-9157 US 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP 9136 La Sonora Matancera - La Incomparable Celia album art Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - La Incomparable Celia (Album) Seeco SCLP 9136 US 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP 9127 La Sonora Matancera - Yo Canto Para Ti (I Sing For You) album art Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera - Yo Canto Para Ti (I Sing For You) (Album) Seeco SCLP 9127 US 1958 Sell This Version
314005 La Sonora Matancera - "Reminiscencias" (Reminiscing) album art Leo Marini Con La Sonora Matancera Leo Marini Con La Sonora Matancera - "Reminiscencias" (Reminiscing) (Album) Seeco 314005 US 1958 Sell This Version
SCLP 91770 La Sonora Matancera - Mas Exitos De Sonora Matancera album art La Sonora Matancera Canta Celio Gonzalez* La Sonora Matancera Canta Celio Gonzalez* - Mas Exitos De Sonora Matancera (Album, Comp) Seeco SCLP 91770 US 1959 Sell This Version
SCLP-9148, TRLP-5109 La Sonora Matancera - Sonora Matancera Presenta A Daniel Santos album art Sonora Matancera*, Daniel Santos Sonora Matancera*, Daniel Santos - Sonora Matancera Presenta A Daniel Santos (Album) Seeco, Tropical (3) SCLP-9148, TRLP-5109 US 1959 Sell This Version
SCLP-9172 La Sonora Matancera - El Inimitable album art Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera - El Inimitable (Album) Seeco SCLP-9172 US 1959 Sell This Version
SCLP91560, SCLP 91560 La Sonora Matancera - La Sonora Matancera... Llegó album art La Sonora Matancera Canta Celio Gonzalez* La Sonora Matancera Canta Celio Gonzalez* - La Sonora Matancera... Llegó (Album) Seeco, Seeco SCLP91560, SCLP 91560 US 1959 Sell This Version
CELP-432, CELP432 La Sonora Matancera - Cuba's Foremost Rhythm Singer album art Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* - Cuba's Foremost Rhythm Singer (Album) Seeco, Seeco CELP-432, CELP432 US 1959 Sell This Version

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MamboMadness

MamboMadness

August 27, 2015
It was Myrta Silva (a.k.a. "La Gorda De Oro") who finally convinced the leader of this orchestra, Rogelio Martinez to permit Celia Cruz as a replacement since she was returning back to Puerto Rico to start her own television program. Initially they didn't want her because of her skin color, imagine that!

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