Rolando La Serie - Cuba - Vintage Latino
Rolando La Serie “Mentiras Tuyas”
Rolando La Serie, one of Cuba’s most distinctive singers, was born in Santa Clara in 1928 and started his career as a percussionist. He was one of the original band members for Beny Moré, an icon across Latin America. He never really considered himself a singer until he was given the opportunity to record “Mentiras Tuyas” in 1956.
The song’s composer, Mario Fernandez Porta, disliked La Serie’s aggressive singing style, but the recording was an instant hit and catapulted La Serie to stardom. He toured the world, eventually leaving Cuba and settling in the United States where he recorded with mambo legend Tito Puente and the renowned Puerto Rican band Cortijo y Su Combo. Known as “El Guapo de la Canción” (The Handsome Singer of Song), La Serie passed away in Miami in 1998 at the age of 75. “Mentiras Tuyas” (Your Lies) is a classic bolero, a romantic song style popular across Latin America. “Your lies / You have not forgotten me / And if you haven’t come looking for me / It’s for lack of courage / Because you know you will be lost / If you look into my eyes / For you know that they hold the real truth.”