In Memoriam Concha Valdes Miranda (1928-2017)

By August 20, 2017Articles, In Memoriam

Photo: CONCHA VALDES MIRANDA & ELENA CASALS (“LA MUSA”) 1964 Miami, Florida.

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame mourns the passing of one of Cuba’s Greatest Performers and Songwriters, Concha Valdes Miranda.

Concha Valdes Miranda (July 16, 1928 – August 19, 2017 – Havana, Cuba) was a Cuban songwriter and performer of Cuban music. She is considered to be one of the most important composers of contemporary Bolero. Her most renowned global success “El Que Más Te Ha Querido” was performed by legendary Spanish singer Dyango. It was nominated for a Grammy and reached #1 on the Billboard Latin Radio charts. In addition, she is the author of numerous songs performed by Olga Guillot, Toña la Negra, Celia Cruz, Lucía Méndez, Blanca Rosa Gil, Imelda Miller, Sandro, Tito Rodríguez, Felipe Pirela, Los Panchos, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Santos Colón, Alberto Vázquez, María Marta Serra Lima, Sophy, Dyango, Floria Márquez, Elena Burke, Ismael Miranda, Tito Nieves, Tito Puente, John Secada, Sergio Vargas, José Alberto “El Canario”, Johnny Ventura, Cheo Feliciano, Moncho y Dyango among others.

Many of her compositions have been used as themes in Spanish and Mexican movies. In the early 1960’s, Concha along with a close-knit group of the most talented songwriters and poets arriving in Miami from Cuba (fleeing the Cuban Revolution) including Jose Carbo Menéndez and Elena Casals founded the organization “La Sociedad de Compositores y Autores Cubanos en el Exilio”.

Concha Valdes Miranda was the first woman inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame at the inaugural LA MUSA AWARDS® in 2013.