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by Judy Cantor-Navas

May 24, 2013

The Classic Boleros: Yesterday and Today

by Judy Cantor-Navas  |  May 24, 2013

Boleros are the most universal of Latin genres, romantic ballads recorded time and time again that have transcended borders, generations and language. In their many recorded versions, the classic boleros are known around the world for their passion, and when it comes to boleros, the more drama the better. Singing a bolero could be the best way to mend a broken heart, or declare everlasting love -- at least until your heart is broken again. Love sick or love hangover, this playlist is your remedy.

Included in these two hours of romantic Spanish tunes are some of the best-known boleros in versions from yesterday and today. Latin lover Luis Miguel sings "Sabor a Mí," Lucho Gatica clocks in with his classic hit "El Reloj," and Mexican rock band Zoé sing their unplugged take on the iconic "Besame Mucho," also performed here by Dean Martin in a bilingual version. Cuban bolero queen Olga Guillot, Mexico's Chavela Vargas, Fania's Bobby Capó, Ana Gabriel and Jose Jose, among others, all sing here in the name of love.

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