Rafael Hernandes Y Su Orquesta Del Grillon - Victor 75248 (1936)

Unfortunately, Victor's ledgers have been lost so the recording date and personnel are either estimates.

May have been recorded in Mexico City in March of 1936.

The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, FL) 
Mar 11, 1934

The Montgomery (AL) Advertiser
May 5, 1940


  1. The Bamba song I like very much while their he did a few movies and recorded 4 or 5 songs and dedicated both songs to the people of Mexico for how well he was treated and left the biggest impression on the Mexican people who loved him till his death in 1965

  2. In the lyrics about the mule there was a line missing because of another performer by the name of canario took the unfinished song sheet and kept it for a while until Rafael hernandez got it back and finished it canariro would later record the song with his own band

  3. Contrary to what The Montgomery (AL) Advertiser published back in 1940, Rafael Hernandez did not return to settle back in Puerto Rico soon after his 3 year residency in Cuba in 1923. Rafael Hernandez returned to NYC, where he remained until 1932.

    In 1924 Hernandez records 21 sides in New Jersey as an accompanist to another Puerto Rican artist on guitar for the Victor label. Around this juncture is when he integrates a Sextet led by an old Harlem Hellfighter/15th NY Infantry alumn, Luckey Roberts, as a saxophonist.

    In 1925 Hernandez launches his own "Trio Borinquen" in NYC, featuring Puerto Rican and Brooklyn resident, Salvador Ithier, and early Dominican York and principal vocalist, Antonio Mesa. The group was inspired by the Trio sound of the 19-teens and early '20s of Afro-Cuban pioneer Maria Teresa Vera.

    By 1929 the Trio expands to 5 members and, ultimately, a nonet.

    By 1930 Hernandez is leading a full orchestra and appears on the stage of the RKO Palace theater on Broadway, accompanying Spanish-American vocalist Rosita Moreno, and Cuban-American tenor Jose Moriche.

    In 1932 Hernandez relocates to Mexico, where he remains until after the end of World War II. It is at that juncture that Rafael Hernandez permanently returns to the island of Puerto Rico. Where he passed away on Dec. 11th, 1965.

    1. ^^ The above post was written by me.