Acevedo Sosa, Plácido

Born on 13 June 1903, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Acevedo was a gifted vocalist and composer of widely acclaimed boleros.

Acevedo grew up in a enrivonment where music was common and important. Acevedo first learned to play the flute and then mastered the trumpet. His father was a musician and band director and Acevedo’s earliest work as a musician came through playing in his father’s band. His love of music ran the gamut from danza and vals to bolero, guarachas and the native genres of plena and seis.

As did many of his contemporaries in that era, Acevedo moved to New York in 1926 looking for better prospects. He traveled frequently back forth between Puerto Rico and New York, a mobility that was typical of Puerto Ricans given their United States citizenship.

By 1929 he had joined a band called Los Reyes de la Plena then joined Septeto Puerto Rico the next year. By 1931 he had joined Canario y Su Grupo then Cuarteto Machín the following year. Acevedo made several recordings with Machín, with whom he developed a close friendship.

But, as was also the case with many of contemporaries, Acevedo longed for his native Puerto Rico; a feeling often relected in his music. He grew increasingly tired of the urban life in a large foreign city and returned to Puerto Rico a few years later.

On Acevedo’s return to his native Borinquén, he formed his own band in 1937, the Cuarteto Mayarí. His band was the cradle for some of Acevedo’s best work as a musician and composer, such as the lovely guaracha, Flamboyán, and he is primarily remembered for this period of his successful career.

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Some of his better known works include: “Boda Gris” (lyrics), “Caballera Blanca”, “Dulce Veneno” and “Por seguir tus huellas” (lyrics), all reflecting his unique style.

Firmly established in the history of Puerto Rican music, the artist died on 27 Feburay 1974 in his beloved Puerto Rico.