New CD Collection: La Lupe Puro Teatro

Fania Records is ending 2010 with the release of La dama y su música: la Lupe Puro Teatro, a double album with over 45 classic tracks performed by the famous Cuban singer, known as La Lupe. According to EFE, Lupe Victoria Yoli (1939-1992) has been described as “a cross between Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, Olga Guillot, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, but for her followers she was ‘the Queen of Latin Soul.’”

Among the songs included in the double collection are her hits “Puro teatro and “La Tirana,” by Tite Curet Alonso, as well as “Fiebre, “Qué te pedí, “Como acostumbro/My Way, “Once We Love (Se acabó),Oriente,” and “El carbonero.”  The CD set includes a 32-page booklet with production notes, and never-before-seen photos and album covers. A press release indicates that the album was reissued with the sound of the great halls where the legendary singer reigned in the 1950s and 60s in New York, including Birdland and the Palladium, although she also appeared at the famous Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

“La Yiyiyi,” as the singer was also known, recorded over 23 albums; the first ones were Con el diablo en el cuerpo (1960) and La Lupe Is Back (1961), produced in Havana for Discuba Records (a subsidiary of RCA). In 1962, she left Cuba for New York, where she got her first break with the orchestra of Tito Puente, with whom she recorded five albums in two years. Then she launched her solo career and signed a contract with Morris Levy’s Tico label, recording twelve albums.

La Lupe, who was known for pulling her hair, attacking the piano player, and tearing off her accessories, wig, or sometimes even her clothes, while singing, became the first Latina to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1969.

On February 29, 1992, she died in her sleep in a modest apartment in the Bronx, where she lived with her daughter, Rainbow. La cantante también tuvo un hijo, René Camaro.The singer also had a son, René Camaro.

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