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THE ARTISTIC LIFE OF ALBERTICO MOUSSET
( This is the biography of my father Alberto Jose Geronimo Mousset Echemendia del Pozo Zayas and Saldivar, copied by Olgateresa Gonzalez Echemendia etc.)
I was born in the city of Camaguey on September 30, 1927.
From an early age I had a good ear for music and I liked to sing. My mother always told me that my early love of singing was due to the fact that during my pregnancy she listened all the time to the records of the then well-known Mexican tenor Alfonso Ortiz Tirado.
Accompanying a neighbor who sang very beautiful, I went to a rehearsal for a contest of children singers that at that time was celebrated in "La Benemerita Popular Society of Santa Cecilia" in the city of Camaguey in the style of the then popular "Supreme Court of the Art "of the CMQ in Havana. I was 9 years old.
The accompanying pianist, Gonzalez Allue, saw me sitting waiting for my neighbor and noticing my interest in music in the rehearsals I ask my name and if I knew a song. I told him that if my mom had taught me to sing from a very small favorite song of Ortiz Tinado "A Collar of Tears". When I finished rehearsing it, Mr. Allue asked me if I would like to sing it on the program that night and I said yes.
Without telling my parents and making me believe that I was going to accompany my neighbor who was with an older sister, I went to the program and won the first prize with a lot of public applause. The prize was "a box of Polar beer". Great was the surprise of my parents when they saw me arrive with the beer box and how I had obtained it.
After that day I presented myself in other "eliminations" in which I also won the first prize until we reached the big "elimination eliminations" in which the first prize was a trip to Havana to appear in a radio program that the CMQ had at midday of the day and whose host was Jose Antonio Alonso. I returned to sing "The necklace of tears" and received a lot of applause from the audience present at the studio. Previously in Camaguey had won "the great elminacion" singing another song by Ortiz Tirado "The Vase" dressed as a flower seller and everything. I will never forget the ovation I received from the public that packed the Guerrero theater that day. Very few times in my life I felt as full of happiness as that day. Before going to Havana, I went to several theaters and public places in Camaguey singing musical pieces of the very popular movies that were played by Nelson Eddy and Jannet McDonald. With Blanquita Varela sing several times the well-known duet of the movie "Indian Love Call" that I really like.
I do here a parenthesis to explain that the success I had during my entire artistic career was due mainly to being a child with a beautiful voice of falsetto first and tenor later I liked to sing with feeling and transmit it to those who listened to me. That communication with the public filled me with happiness. For me that is what "art" means.
After my debut at the CMQ, which by the way was at that time was located at the intersection of Monte and Prado streets in Havana, I was offered to continue singing in other programs and on tours to cities near Havana with well-known artists of "The supreme court of art" to present us in different theaters and public places. That's how my parents decided to move to the capital.
During the five years that my artistic career in Cuba lasted, the well-known artist entrepreneur Heliodoro Garcia helped me enormously. In addition to having been an exclusive artist of the CMQ and the RHC for all those years, I sang for long periods at the Montmartre night club and at the National Theater of Havana. In the latter alongside famous international stars such as Carmen Amaya, Cantinflas, Hugo del Carril etc. I also appeared in almost all the theaters of Havana and made two tournees throughout the island with Manolita Arriola first and then with Sofia Alvarez. In 1942 he was part of the cast in the film "Musical Romance" directed by Ernesto Caparros. In it sing the song "Love" and in the plot I played the boyfriend of Minin Bujones. Other Cuban artists who participated in that film were Oto Sirgo, Rosita Fornes, Anibal de Mar, Enriqueta Sierra, America Crespo, Marcelo Agudo, Normita Suarez and others whose names I no longer remember. That movie tastes a lot in Cuba and was shown in all theaters on the island. He also took Mexico and Puerto Rico in addition to the United States. I have been informed that in more recent times they taught her several times on television in Puerto Rico but I have not seen her nor I have been able to get her. It would be the only recorded thing that guedo of my never record an album and at that time the radio programs were not recorded. He also took Mexico and Puerto Rico in addition to the United States. I have been informed that in more recent times they taught her several times on television in Puerto Rico but I have not seen her nor I have been able to get her. It would be the only recorded thing that guedo of my never record an album and at that time the radio programs were not recorded. He also took Mexico and Puerto Rico in addition to the United States. I have been informed that in more recent times they taught her several times on television in Puerto Rico but I have not seen her nor I have been able to get her. It would be the only recorded thing that guedo of my never record an album and at that time the radio programs were not recorded.
I had several companions but the ones I remember the most are Orlando de La Rosa, Fernando Mullens, Julio Gutierrez, Juan Bruno Tarraza, Mario Fernandez Porta, the orchestra of Alfredo Brito, Zenaida Romeu (daughter of Jose Maria Romeu), etc. - Without forgetting the maestros Rendon, Arjona and Brito who were the accompanying musicians in "The supreme court of art" in the CMQ
As an additional fact, I note that I was also known as "the Cuban Bobby Breen" by the American singer who was well known at that time for his films.
In 1944 I decided to emigrate to the US in search of new horizons and here in the company of Orguidia Pino, Juanita Capdevilla and Gonzalo de Palacio I did some dubbing and I appeared twice in a program that radiated to Latin America NBC That was the end of my life. artistic career really.
In 1945, when I was 18 years old, I was recruited into the US Army where I served for three years, two of which were in Europe. When I graduated I went to Cuba to see my family and with the idea of aybe staying there but after two months I returned to the US to study with a scholarship that the American Government gave to the veterans of the Second World War. -Mas never until the date I returned to Cuba-.
I make a parenthesis to insert a piece of information from the two months that I spent in Cuba in 1947. The CMQ had already moved from Monte and Prado to Calle L del Vedado and my good friend Osvaldo Parres insisted that I sing his song "Todo una Life "in a program that I had in the CMQ I gladly did it because that song was one of my favorites and he had reserved it for me to release it originally but it happened that back then (1943) Pedro Vargas visited Cuba and when he heard In an essay, the song was very popular and he proposed Osvaldo to premiere it. Naturally, Osvaldo could not miss that great opportunity for the success of his song, as indeed it was. -That was the last time I sang in public.-
When I returned to the United States, I began to study by graduating from Contado in 1953. In 1959, I began my career as an international auditor in Panama and continued to travel throughout Latin America until 1997, when I returned to the United States.
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Miami, August 20,2000
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