b. Arturo Núñez González, 4 October 1913, Cárdenas Provincia de Matanzas, Cuba, d. 27 February 1981, Mexico City, Mexico. From the age of eight Núñez studied music in Havana, graduating also in medicine. With the country in some disarray, he worked as a bit-part player in films before working as musical director for a visiting Chilean illusionist. Núñez then toured for about four years and in 1940 settled in Mexico City. He played piano for several leading artists, including an association with popular comic actor Kiko Mendive. In 1942 Núñez began recording and continued building a large catalogue through the decade. Eventually, he formed his own dance band, the Caballero Antillano, which became very popular in Mexico through the late 40s and into the early 50s, making some records at this time. The band’s success coincided with the craze for the mambo and the cha cha cha and Núñez was especially popular with the growing Spanish-speaking population in the USA.
Among the instrumentalist who worked in Núñez’s band were José Del Villar, Inocente Díaz, Salomón Jiménez, Luís Mancera, Marcelino Montes, Chilo Moran and Memo Salamanca. Among those who sang with his band were Lalo Montane and Beny Moré, while a key arranger was Perez Prado. Among the songs in Núñez’s repertoire were ‘Bomboncha’, ‘Que Tiene El Danzón’, ‘Música Para Mi Reina’, ‘Paisaje, De Catamarca’, ‘Abrete Sesamo’, ‘Guiñando El Ojo’, ‘Barco Camaronero’ and ‘Mucho Corazón’, the latter one of Moré’s first hits.