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   Rolando La Serie
 Cardiac ComplicationsNovember  22,  1998  
Age 75
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                  Rolando La Serie, 75, Musician Who Recorded Many Cuban Hits

       

                By PETER WATROUS for the New York Times

                     Rolando La Serie, one of the great Cuban singers of his time, died last Sunday at Healthsouth
                     Doctors' Hospital in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 75. 

                The cause was cardiac complications, The Associated Press reported. 

                La Serie had a big, open voice, slightly hoarse and aggressive. Although some of his biggest hits were
                ballads, his up-tempo singing was a marvel of improvisation and sound. His attack and his enthusiasm
                earned him the nickname "El Guapo de la Canción," which in Cuban slang translates as valiant or
                bold singer. 

                La Serie, from Santa Clara in Cuba, started out as a percussionist -- he was one of the original
                members of Beny More's group -- whose singing was seen as a bit of an embarrassment. But in
                1956 he had the opportunity to record a ballad by Mario Fernandez Porta called "Mentiras Tuyas,"
                which he transformed with his distinctively hard sound. The composer of the song objected to La
                Serie's interpretation, but the record sold 30,000 copies in the first few days after its release. 

                La Serie left Cuba soon after, traveling the world and living in Argentina and Mexico, which cost him
                his fame in his native country. But he maintained a busy schedule, recording with the music's biggest
                stars, even in exile from Cuba. He recorded in New York with Tito Puente and his band in the
                1960's for an album called "Pachanga in New York" and with the great Puerto Rican band Cortijo y
                Su Combo, singing with Ismael Rivera. Along the way he continued to have hits, including "Amalia
                Batista," now a Latin standard. He added tangos to his repertory, and his frequent interjection "De
                película!" ("From a movie!") became his trademark. 

                In the 1970's he moved to Florida, and in the 80's he recorded with Johnny Pacheco on Fania
                Records. He also began recording with Caiman Records, which produced the fine album "Ay, Se
                Pasó La Serie," recorded in 1985 in a modern Cuban style. 

                He is survived by his wife, Gisela. 

        
       

 

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