13 January 1902
Quemado de Güines, Villa Clara, Cuba
23 December 1985 (aged 83)
Osvaldo Farrés from Cuba, born January the13rd 1902 in Quemado de Güines in the Villa Clara Province, Cuba In the 1940s he had a radio program El Bar Melódico de Osvaldo Farrés , adapted thereafter for the televisión. His bolero: Quizás, quizás, quizás (1947) was an enormous international success, and was adapted in English under the title Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps interpreted by a.o. Nat King Cole (in 1958) and Doris Day.
The 1946 film “Easy to Wed” featured “Acércate Mas,” sung as “Come Closer to Me.” It was performed on the soundtrack by Carlos Ramírez as well as Esther Williams. Also in 1946, the Walt Disney film “Make Mine Music” featured Farrés’ “Tres Palabras,” sung as “Without You” by Andy Russell. The literal translation of the title is “Three Words.” It was originally written when singer Chela Campos asked Farrés to quickly come up with a new song for her to record. Farrés protested he needed time and inspiration, but Campos retorted, “You can write a song in three words!” and the song was born. “I never thought that ‘Tres Palabras’ would go around the world,” Farrés once said.
His songs were included in many other movies, and performed by artists all over the world. Aside from Cole and Chevalier, his songs were recorded by a.o. Edith Piaf, Johnny Mathis, Charles Aznavour
Osvaldo Farrés composed other songs like " Toda una vida" "Esta noche O nunca" etc.
He died December 22nd 1985.
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