The Peanut Vendor

The Peanut Vendor

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The Peanut Vendor (original title: El Manisero) is a Cuban song based on a street-seller's cry, and known as a pregón. It is possibly the most famous piece of music created by a Cuban musician.Giro, Radamés 2007. Diccionario enciclopédico de la música en Cuba. La Habana. vol 4, p147 The Peanut Vendor has been recorded more than 160 times,Listed in Díaz Ayala, Cristóbal 1988. Si te quieres por el pico divertir: historia del pregón musical latinoamericano. Cubanacan, San Juan P.R. p317–322. sold over a million copies of the sheet music, and was the first million-selling 78rpm of Cuban music.

:Maní, maní, maní…
:Si te quieres por el pico divertir,
:Cómprame un cucuruchito de maní...


:Maní, el manisero se va,
:Caballero, no se vayan a dormir,
:Sin comprarme un cucurucho de maní.


History

The score and lyrics of El Manisero were by the Cuban son of a Basque musician, Moises Simons (1889–1945).Orovio, Helio 2004. Cuban music from A to Z. p202 It sold over a million copies of sheet music for E.B. Marks Inc., and this netted $100,000 in royalties for Simons by 1943.Simons' own account: see Díaz Ayala, Cristóbal 1988. Si te quieres por el pico divertir: historia del pregón musical latinoamericano. Cubanacan, San Juan P.R. p238Sublette, Ned 2004. Cuba and its music: from the first drums to the mambo. Chicago. Chapter 17, p399....
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