Ñico Saquito

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Birth nameÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_1_0 Benito Antonio Fernández OrtizÑico Saquito_cell_0_1_1
BornÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_2_0 (1902-01-17)17 January 1902

Santiago de Cuba, CubaÑico Saquito_cell_0_2_1

DiedÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_3_0 4 August 1982(1982-08-04) (aged 80)

Santiago de Cuba, CubaÑico Saquito_cell_0_3_1

GenresÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_4_0 Trova, guaracha, guajiraÑico Saquito_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Ñico Saquito_header_cell_0_5_0 Musician, songwriterÑico Saquito_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_6_0 Guitar, vocalsÑico Saquito_cell_0_6_1
Years activeÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_7_0 1917–1982Ñico Saquito_cell_0_7_1
LabelsÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_8_0 RCA Victor, Panart, EGREMÑico Saquito_cell_0_8_1
Associated actsÑico Saquito_header_cell_0_9_0 Los Guaracheros de Oriente, Ramón Veloz, Bimbi y su Trío OrientalÑico Saquito_cell_0_9_1

Benito Antonio Fernández Ortiz (17 January 1902 – 4 August 1982), better known as Ñico Saquito, was a Cuban trova songwriter, guitarist and singer. Ñico Saquito_sentence_0

He is widely considered the most prolific and successful composer of guarachas, most of which he wrote during his stint as a member of Los Guaracheros de Oriente. Ñico Saquito_sentence_1

Among his most enduring compositions are "Cuidadito compay gallo", "María Cristina", "Adiós compay gato", "Al vaivén de mi carreta", "Camina como Chencha" and "Amarrao compé". Ñico Saquito_sentence_2

Life and career Ñico Saquito_section_0

Saquito was born on 17 January 1902 in Santiago de Cuba, the capital of the Santiago de Cuba Province (known as the Oriente Province between 1905 and 1976), notable for its traditional trova music. Ñico Saquito_sentence_3

From an early age Saquito was a keen baseball player, using a jute sack as his baseball glove, from which his nickname originated (ñico from Antoñico, diminutive of his name due to his short stature, and saquito meaning small sack). Ñico Saquito_sentence_4

By the age of 15 he had already attracted attention for his songwriting, and abandoned a career in baseball to start life as a trovador. Ñico Saquito_sentence_5

Saquito directed his own group in the 1920s, and later joined the Cuarteto Castillo, spending much of the 1930s touring Cuba with the group. Ñico Saquito_sentence_6

His first hit came in 1936 when the Trío Matamoros recorded his guaracha "Cuidadito compay gallo". Ñico Saquito_sentence_7

To capitalize on the song's success Saquito formed the Conjunto Compay Gallo with guitarist Florencio "Pícolo" Santana in 1940, releasing several singles on RCA Victor. Ñico Saquito_sentence_8

The group broke up after 1941. Ñico Saquito_sentence_9

Santana then began performing alongside guitarist Gerardo "El Chino" Macias at El Baturro, a popular tavern in Havana. Ñico Saquito_sentence_10

Saquito subsequently formed a new group, Los Guaracheros de Oriente, of which Santana and Macías would become members. Ñico Saquito_sentence_11

They made many recordings for RCA Victor, performed throughout Cuba and toured Puerto Rico and Venezuela in 1950. Ñico Saquito_sentence_12

Ñico and the Guaracheros toured extensively abroad until 1960, when political conditions forced a decision as to whether or not to return to Cuba. Ñico Saquito_sentence_13

Saquito returned, but the rest of the group stayed in Puerto Rico, continuing their career without Saquito. Ñico Saquito_sentence_14

He seemed to collect nicknames: to some he was "El guarachero de Oriente" (because he led the group of that name) and to others "Compay gato" (from his number "Adiós compay gato"). Ñico Saquito_sentence_15

Later in his life Ñico played mostly in the bar-restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio, in Havana. Ñico Saquito_sentence_16

In 1982 he recorded his last album at EGREM's Siboney studios in Santiago de Cuba with the Cuarteto Patria and the Dúo Cubano; these recordings were released posthumously on World Circuit in 1993 under the title Good-bye Mr. Cat, becoming his only American LP. Ñico Saquito_sentence_17

Discography Ñico Saquito_section_1

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  • 1956: Esto es Cuba (Sonora) — with Ramón VelozÑico Saquito_item_0_0
  • 1959: Son cosas de Ñico Saquito (Panart) — with Ramón VelozÑico Saquito_item_0_1
  • 1960: Linda guajira (Panart)Ñico Saquito_item_0_2
  • 1969: Ñico Saquito y su conjunto de OrienteÑico Saquito_item_0_3
  • 1979: Ñico Saquito (Areito)Ñico Saquito_item_0_4
  • 1993: Good-bye Mr. Cat (World Circuit)Ñico Saquito_item_0_5

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