Estrada, Noel

Songwriter Noel Estrada was born in 1918 in the town of Isabela, Puerto Rico and died in 1979.

Although he wrote many compositions, he is most famous for one song, the beautiful ballad: En Mi Viejo San Juan, here performed by Pedro Rivera Toledo.

Other Estrada songs such as “Amor Del Alma”, “El Amor Del Jibarito “ and “Junto a mi bohío”, “Mi Romántico San Juan”, “Pedacito de Borinquén” and “Amorcito Lindo”, while great compositions in the own right, cannot compare with the effect of “En Mi Viejo San Juan” on the Puerto Rican spirit and national psyche.

That single song has oft reached the very soul of the Puerto Rican people, reminding all Puerto Ricans who left its shores, of their cherished homeland, with its sentimental refrain: “Adios, adios, adios”. Since virtually half the entire population of Puerto Ricans did in fact leave and are scattered elsewhere around the world, it is no wonder the song is is considered a classic.

Estrada’s songs have been performed by many artists, including Vikki Carr, Rafael Cortijo and Ismael Rivera, and Rocio Durcal.


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