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Biography

In the feverish activity during six decades of the twentieth century, Lucho Bermúdez got to compose 1000 songs, many of them recorded on 80 long play records. He dedicated his 'Porro Carmen de Bolívar' to his hometown, which turned into an anthem in the voice of his wife, Matilde Díaz. His group, "Orquesta de Lucho Bermúdez", went all over Colombia (his native country), first as a group of important radio stations and then as an invited orchestra to clubs, hotels, grills, carnivals and fairs. The clarinet played by Lucho was the pattern for the good tone in porros, gaitas, cumbias, boleros and pasillos, which caused furor. Even though it is not widely known, his artistic production started with tunes of the interior region. Bambucos, torbellinos, guabinas and sanjuaneros, are then in his compendium.

He was born in 1912 and died in 1994 in Bogotá. At an early age he learned to play the piccolo, pipe organ, trumpet, stick trombone, saxophone, and clarinet. 'Marbella', 'Cadetes Navales', 'Calamarí', 'Prende la Vela', 'Las Mujeres de San Diego', 'Joselito Carnaval', 'Borrachera', 'El Veneno de los Hombres', 'Danza Negra', 'San Fernando', 'Salsipuedes', 'Linda Caleñita', 'Los Primos Sánchez' and 'Gaita De Las Flores' are some of his most famous compositions. On June 13, 1954, the day of inauguration of Colombian television, Lucho Bermúdez acted in the first transmission. In 1968 he released a new rhythm and dance called Patacumbia. Months before dying in Bogotá, the liberal leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán had made the following prediction to Lucho Bermúdez: "Your music will be like me: everybody will love it".

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