Two brilliant guitarists from the city of Santiago de Cuba, Salvador Adams and Miguel Matamoros, were childhood friends as well as lifelong musical associates. This aspect of an Adams family in Cuban music goes back to at least the early Roaring Twenties and the beginnings of the special Toronto Trio featuring Che Toronto, Rufino Ibarra and of course Adams on guitar. In 1929 this trio cut a half-dozen sides for the Brunswick label. In the abbreviated biopic some three decades arpeggiate past before there is another crucial artistic and career moment, that being Adams' inspiration in writing a composition for guitar which like a lot of such things was entitled "Estudios."
In the following decade it began to seem like Adams had used his guitar case to get in the door of the party but really had other things on his mind. He turned to conceptualizing and directing large-scale musical events and was influential in combining traditional Cuban folk performers from different regions and stylistic aesthetics. Some of the concerts he was involved in became historic. Los Trovadores Santiagueros, under the direction of Adams, took part in the first festival of popular music ever presented in Santiago's prestigious Amadeo Roldan Theater. Adams' other appreciated works as a composer especially include the bolero, "Sublime Illusion" and a criolla, "Altiva Es la Palma." One thing he has in common with British rocker Ray Davies is they have both written songs in honor of someone named "Lola."