Noro Morales

Real Name:
Norosbaldo Morales
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Born 4 January 1911, Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico. Died 14 January 1964, San Juan, Puerto Rico. One of the most popular Latin band leaders of the 1940s and 1950s. Brother of Ismael Morales; Morales grew up in a musical family, which was invited in 1924 to become the court orchestra of the president of Venezuela (Gral. Juan Vicente Gómez). Noro took over as conductor after his father died, eventually moving the band back to Puerto Rico. He moved to New York City in 1935 and within two years was leading his own rumba band. Installed as the house band at the legendary club El Morocco, Morales was at the center of the rise of Latin jazz in the early 1940s. Xavier Cugat took Morales' composition, "Bim, Bam, Bum" and covered it for one of his earliest hits. Many of the great names in Latin music floated through Morales' band during this time: Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Tito Puente, and, later, Anglo musicians such as Doc Severinsen. Morales cut a distinctive figure on stage and off, with his large bald head and black mustache. One friend recalled that, "He was always well-dressed, shows shined, nails polished and reeked of expensive cologne....He loved women. He had to work steadily to pay the alimony his three wives collected." Morales remained a popular and successful act on the New York scene for over 20 years, appearing annually at the Daily News Harvest Moon Ball and working clubs such as the Copacabana and the China Doll. Although he was not averse to catering to popular tastes, Morales usually stayed true to his Latin roots, using a traditional line-up featuring a rhythm section that included bass, bongos, conga, timbales, and claves, with himself on piano. He returned to Puero Rico in 1961 to work at the Hotel la Concha, where he died in 1964 of the effects of chronic diabetes.
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Noro Morales Discography Tracks

Albums

SLP-16 Noro Morales - Selecciones Favoritas De Miguelito Valdes album art Miguelito Valdes, Sonora Matancera* Y Noro Morales Miguelito Valdes, Sonora Matancera* Y Noro Morales - Selecciones Favoritas De Miguelito Valdes(10", Album) Seeco SLP-16 US 1950 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Mambo With Morales album art Noro Morales / Humberto Morales Noro Morales / Humberto Morales - Mambo With Morales (Album) Harmony (4) US 1957 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - His Piano And Rhythm album art Noro Morales His Piano And Rhythm (Album) Ansonia US 1959 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Como Esta album art Noro Morales Como Esta (Album) Tico Records US 1960 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Cha Cha Cha's album art Noro Morales Cha Cha Cha's (Album) Design Records (2) US 1959 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Morales Plays Latin Dance Party album art Morales* Morales Plays Latin Dance Party (Album) Bravo! Records, International Award Series US 1961 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Noro Morales Plays Latin Favorites album art Noro Morales Noro Morales Plays Latin Favorites (Album) Wyncote US 1964 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - En Su Ambiente  album art Noro Morales En Su Ambiente (Album) Marvela Venezuela 1984 Sell This Version
IL0837 Noro Morales - Noro Morales album art Noro Morales Noro Morales(CD, Album, RM) Calle Mayor IL0837 Spain 2017 Sell This Version
IL0457 Noro Morales - Noro Morales album art Noro Morales Noro Morales(CD, Album, RM) Calle Mayor IL0457 Spain 2017 Sell This Version
IL0393 Noro Morales - Noro Morales album art Noro Morales Noro Morales(CD, Album, RM) Calle Mayor IL0393 Spain 2017 Sell This Version
IL0550 Noro Morales - Noro Morales album art Noro Morales Noro Morales(CD, Album, RM) Calle Mayor IL0550 Spain 2017 Sell This Version
1345 Noro Morales - Latin Hour With Noro Morales album art Noro Morales Latin Hour With Noro Morales(LP, Red) Royale 1345 US Unknown Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Rumba Improvisations (Strictly For Dancing)  album art Noro Morales Rumba Improvisations (Strictly For Dancing) (Album) Coda (4) Mexico Unknown Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Los Fabulosos Hermanos Rigual album art Hermanos Rigual* Con Noro Morales En El Piano* Hermanos Rigual* Con Noro Morales En El Piano* - Los Fabulosos Hermanos Rigual (Album) Decca US Unknown Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Morales Latin Dance Time album art Noro Morales Morales Latin Dance Time (Album) Grand Prix Series US Unknown Sell This Version
AKS-154 Noro Morales - Morales Plays Latin Dance Party album art Morales* Morales Plays Latin Dance Party(LP, Album) International Award Series AKS-154 US Unknown Sell This Version
FLP-538 Noro Morales - En La Concha album art Noro Morales En La Concha(LP, Album, Mono) Fragoso FLP-538 Puerto Rico Unknown Sell This Version
TST 534 Noro Morales - Latin American Rhythms album art Noro Morales Latin American Rhythms(LP, Album) Tiara Records TST 534 US Unknown Sell This Version
MV LP 80, MVLP - 80, LP 80 Noro Morales - Ritmos Del Caribe Al Estilo De Noro Morales album art Noro Morales Ritmos Del Caribe Al Estilo De Noro Morales(LP, Album) Marvela, Marvela, Marvela MV LP 80, MVLP - 80, LP 80 Puerto Rico Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

B-1715 Noro Morales - Mambo By Morales   album art Humberto Morales, Noro Morales Humberto Morales, Noro Morales - Mambo By Morales (7") Columbia B-1715 Puerto Rico 1953 Sell This Version
R 3.202 Noro Morales - The Piano Player's Lament / The Nearness Of You / Body And Soul / Obsession album art Noro Morales The Piano Player's Lament / The Nearness Of You / Body And Soul / Obsession(7", EP) Roulette R 3.202 Spain 1960 Sell This Version
BR-318, BR 318 Noro Morales - Latin Americana album art Noro Morales Latin Americana(7", EP) Bravo! Records, Bravo! Records BR-318, BR 318 UK 1964 Sell This Version
Noro Morales - Cha Cha Cha's album art Noro Morales Cha Cha Cha's (EP) Design Records (2) US Unknown Sell This Version
51-6563 Noro Morales - Nada es verdad / Palmera album art Noro Morales Nada es verdad / Palmera(7", Single) Rca Victor 51-6563 US Unknown Sell This Version