The Music of
                             Miguel Angel Maymón 
                                                                     (1912-1993)
'Lelolais' (folk) and Navidad (Christmas) songs

below dates are estimated, if you know the exact dates of these recordings please let me know

'Cancion de la Montaña'  1947
'Song of the Mountain'
Rafael Nadal and Las Damiselas
Joe Blanco and his Orquestra

'En el Batey'  1948
Trio Johnny Rodriguez
Trio Johnny Rodriguez recorded a number of Miguel's songs. This one is about a typical Christmas Day party in the countryside.

The lead instrument is a puertorican 'Cuatro',
a medieval 10-string guitar still used
in puertorican folk music.

'Mañanita de Navidad'
written 1975
Julio Angel and Maso Rivera
chorus vocals:  Minnie Villanueva

'Navidad Borincana' 
written 1972
Julio Angel and Maso Rivera
chorus vocals:  Minnie Villanueva

In 1987,  Miguel submitted two songs to the  ‘Certámen de Musica Navideña’ (Christmas Music Contest)
sponsored every year by La Fundación Para el Adelanto de la Musica de Puerto Rico,
(The Foundation for the Advance of Puerto Rican Music),
winning First Place and Honorable Mention with his two songs:

‘Mañanita de Navidad’  and  ‘Aguinaldo Navideño’
( 'Christmas Morning'  and  'Christmas Song' )


In 1988,  he did it again, winning First  and Third Places with two other Christmas songs:

‘Palomita de Navidad’  y  ‘Navidad Borincana’
('Christmas Dove'  and  'Puerto Rican Christmas')


The winning arrangements of these four songs,  were produced by Mr.  José Nelson Ramirez, 
an experienced musician and friend of the Maymóns.


In 1999,  the 4 winning songs were recorded by puertorican artists
Julio Angel and Maso Rivera 
in their album 'Gozando y Cantando en la Navidad'

Sylvia Rexach and Las Damiselas
Trio Johnny Rodriguez
'Aguinaldo Navideño' 
written 1970
J
ulio Angel and Maso Rivera
chorus vocals:  Minnie Villanueva

'Palomita de Navidad' 
written1968
Julio Angel 

chorus vocals:  Minnie Villanueva

Las Damiselas ('The Damsels'), was a Quartet of female singers formed by the famous puertorican composer
Sylvia Rexach in 1945.  Sylvia and Miguel were friends.
I have received information from collectors stating that this could be the only recording ever made by The Damsels;
I have no proof of that, but Miguel would be very lucky
if indeed that is true.
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Puertorican Cuatro