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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La Sonora Matancera Discography Tracks

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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 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
La Sonora Matancera - Encores De Sonora Matancera album art La Sonora Matancera Encores De Sonora Matancera (Comp) Seeco US 1953 Sell This Version
SLP-55 La Sonora Matancera - Desfile Estelar album art La Sonora Matancera Desfile Estelar(LP, Album) Seeco SLP-55 US 1954 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - Una Noche En Caracas (One Night In Caracas) album art La Sonora Matancera Una Noche En Caracas (One Night In Caracas) (Album) Seeco US 1955 Sell This Version
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 US 1956 Sell This Version
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) Seeco US 1956 Sell This Version
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) US 1957 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - Sings album art Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera - Sings (Album) Seeco US 1957 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - Sonora Matancera's Parade Of Stars album art Sonora Matancera's* Sonora Matancera's Parade Of Stars (Album, Comp) Gold Series (3), Gold Series (3) US 1957 Sell This Version
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 US 1958 Sell This Version
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) Seeco Costa Rica 1958 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - Su Favorita album art Celia Cruz Con Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Con Sonora Matancera* - Su Favorita (Album) Seeco US 1958 Sell This Version
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 US 1958 Sell This Version
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 US 1958 Sell This Version
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 Costa Rica 1958 Sell This Version
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 US 1958 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - Grandes Exitos De Daniel Santos album art Daniel Santos Con La Sonora Matancera Daniel Santos Con La Sonora Matancera - Grandes Exitos De Daniel Santos (Album) Seeco, Tropical (3) US 1958 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - "Reminiscencias" (Reminiscing) album art Leo Marini Con La Sonora Matancera Leo Marini Con La Sonora Matancera - "Reminiscencias" (Reminiscing) (Album) Seeco US 1958 Sell This Version
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 US 1958 Sell This Version
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 US 1959 Sell This Version
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) Seeco US 1959 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - Sonora Matancera's Spotlights (Presenta) album art La Sonora Matancera Con Daniel Santos La Sonora Matancera Con Daniel Santos - Sonora Matancera's Spotlights (Presenta) (Album) Seeco, Tropical (3) US 1959 Sell This Version
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 US 1959 Sell This Version
La Sonora Matancera - El Inimitable album art Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera Carlos Argentino Con La Sonora Matancera - El Inimitable (Album) Seeco 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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