Myrta Silva

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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Myrta Silva (September 11, 1917 &ndash; December 2, 1987) was a Puerto Rican singer, composer and television producer. She was known affectionately as "La Gorda De Oro".

Early years

Silva's father died when she was only six years old. She was raised by her mother, who also served as her source of inspiration and whom Silva and her fans referred to as "Mama Yeya". In 1927, Silva made her first public presentation at the "Oliver Theater" in Arecibo. In 1928, Silva and her mother moved to New York, where she was to start a career in radio, theater and musical plays.

Singing career

Silva worked in a cabaret when she was "discovered" and offered a 10 year contract by "RCA". In the late 1930s, she met the renowned Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández, who convinced her to join his "Cuarteto Victoria". Myrta traveled with the group all over Latin-America. Sometime later, she was also to sing for another renowned composer, Pedro Flores in his "Sexteto Flores, where she was joined by Daniel Santos and Pedro Ortiz Davila (aka "Davilita").


In 1941, Silva composed her first song "Cuando Vuelvas" (When you return) recorded by Ruth Fernández. In 1942, she composed "En Mi Soledad" (In My Solitude), recorded by Daniel Santos, which became a hit...
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