Arias, Clotilde (1901-1959)

Biography

Singer, lyricist, and composer Clotilde Arias (1901-1959) was born in Iquitos, Peru, on the shores of the Amazon, and went to the USA in 1924 to study music, supporting herself by playing the piano for silent movies. She composed the famous Hymn of the Americas, and wrote the original Spanish lyrics for a number of popular songs that have become well-known in translation (‘Rum and Coca-Cola’, “You are Everything to Me’). _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ La cantante, liricista y compositora peruana Clotilde Arias (1901-1959) nació en Iquitos, Perú, en la rivera del Amazonas. Viajó a los Estados Unidos en 1924 a estudiar música; allí se mantenía económicamente tocando piano para películas mudas. Clotilde Arias compuso el famoso “Himno de las Américas” y escribió letras originales en español para una serie de canciones populares de gran fama (“Ron y Coca-Cola”, “Tú eres todo para mí”).

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