Aquellos Ojos Verdes – Sad Green Eyes

Picture1A sad Bolero song that was very popular “Green Eyes” originated in Cuba. It was written in 1929 by a great team, the Cuban poet Adolfo Utrera and the composer Nilo Menéndez. The title “Aquellos Ojos Verdes” or literally “Those Green Eyes” in honor of Conchita who had striking green eyes. Any source for this inspiration was about Nilo Menéndez travels to New York for musical career, he meets Adolfo. They recorded an album for Columbia Records and published a book “Ave Lira”, which was very success in bolero history. Then Nilo falls in love with a blonde Cubanita with beautiful eyes called Conchita Utrera, or Adolfo’s sister. Nilo begged to his friend or Conchita’s brother to write a poet and sing it. This became the first known performance also recorded of “Aquellos Ojos Verdes” was in 1930, also sad news. Adolfo was killed in 1931, terrified by an incurable disease. Another sad circumstance is Nilo the composer, he never conquer the Green Eyes. (nDy)

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