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Ernesto Lecuona (1895–1963)

Probably the most important musician to be born in Cuba, Ernesto Lecuona was already playing piano at age 5. He obtained his master in piano with a gold medal at the National Conservatory when he was barely 17 years old. Among his teachers were Antonio Saavedra (a disciple of Ignacio Cervantes), Joaquin Nin and the Dutch composer Hubert de Blanck ... See full bio »

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The Island
The Island Soundtrack
Cry-Baby Soundtrack
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
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 2015 Fallout 4 (Video Game) (writer: "One More Tomorrow")
 2015 Playing Lecuona (writer: "Siboney")
 2014 Tim Maia (writer: "Malagueña")
 2014 Sangue Azul (performer: "Rapsodia Cubana") / (writer: "Rapsodia Cubana")
 2014 Dancing on Ice (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Week 10: The Grand Final (2014) ... (writer: "Malagueña" - uncredited)
- Week 4: The Skate-Off (2014) ... (writer: "Malagueña" - uncredited)
- Week 4 (2014) ... (writer: "Malagueña" - uncredited)
 2013 Jack et la mécanique du coeur (writer: "Malagueña")
  Magic City (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Adapt or Die (2013) ... (performer: "Yo Te Quiero Siempre") / (writer: "Yo Te Quiero Siempre")
 2013 42 (writer: "Panama")
 2012 The Liability (performer: "Adios My Amore") / (writer: "Adios My Amore")
 2012 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Michael Jackson Week (2012) ... (writer: "Malagueña")
 2012/III Silence (writer: "The Breeze and I")
 2011 Dancing Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.9 (2011) ... (writer: "Malagueña")
 2009/II Paraiso (writer: "La Comparsa")
 2007 Charlie Wilson's War (writer: "Siboney")
 2007 A la diestra del cielo: Silvio, un cantaor rockero (Documentary) (writer: "Andalucía")
 2006 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 20 (2006) ... (writer: "Malaquena")
 2006 Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (Documentary) (writer: "Siboney")
 2005 The Lost City (writer: "Danza Lucumi", "La Comparsa", "A la Antigua")
 2005 Mother of Mine (writer: "Always In My Heart")
 2005 The Island (writer: "Siboney")
 2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sunset Story (2005) ... (writer: "Vals Azul")
 2004 Shall We Dance (writer: "Andalucia" (1930))
 2004 2046 (writer: "Siboney", "Siboney" Instrumental version)
 2003 Casa de los babys (writer: "Siboney" (1929))
 2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico (writer: "Malagueña")
 2003 Comandante (Documentary) (writer: "Como Arrullo de Palmas" - as Ernesto Lecuano)
 2002 El embrujo de Shanghai (writer: "Siboney")
 2001 Die Reise nach Kafiristan (performer: "Tabu")
 2000 Before Night Falls (performer: "Crisantemo") / (writer: "Crisantemo")
 1999 Forces of Nature (writer: "Siboney")
 1999 Buena Vista Social Club (Documentary) (writer: "Canto Siboney")
 1998 The Impostors (writer: "Siboney")
 1995 Blue in the Face (writer: "The Breeze And I")
 1994 Blue Sky (writer: "Malaguena")
 1991 Fires Within (writer: "Siboney")
 1991 Muuttolinnun aika (writer: "Taboo")
 1990/I Havana (writer: "Damisela Encantadora")
 1990 Cry-Baby (writer: "JUNGLE DRUMS")
 1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs (writer: "Jungle Drums (Canto Karabali)")
 1984 Endless Lust (writer: "Malagueña" - uncredited)
 1981 Ring of Desire (writer: "Malagueña" - uncredited)
 1981 American Pop (lyrics: "Say Si Si") / (music: "Say Si Si")
 1980 Bye Bye Brasil (writer: "Para Vigo Me Voy (Say sí sí)")
 1976 Voyage of the Damned (writer: "Siboney" - uncredited)
 1968 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.36 (1968) ... (music: "Malaguena" - uncredited)
 1964 Audition (Documentary) (lyrics: "Malaguena") / (music: "Malaguena")
 1962 La bella Lola ("Malagueña", "La rosa negra")
 1961 Ha llegado un ángel (writer: "Andalucía")
 1959 Ando volando bajo (writer: "Soy un Golfo")
 1958 Yo quiero ser artista (writer: "Para Vigo Me Voy")
 1957 ¡Olé... Cuba! (writer: "Siboney")
 1957 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.19 (1957) ... (music: "Say 'Si Si'" - uncredited)
 1956 The Brave One (music: "Andalucia" - uncredited)
 1952 Sailor Beware (music: "SAY SI SI" - uncredited)
 1951 As Young as You Feel (music: "Maria, My Own (Maria La O)" - uncredited)
 1950 The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (writer: "As We Are Today")
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (writer: "Say 'Si Si' (Para vigo me voy)")
 1948 A Date with Judy (writer: "Ali Baba" - uncredited)
 1947 Carnival in Costa Rica (music: "COSTA RICA", "I'll Know it's Love" (Si Jamais l'Amour), "Rumba Bomba" (Samba Bomba), "Gui-Pi-Pia", "Maracas", "MI VIDA", "ANOTHER NIGHT LIKE THIS", "WEDDING DANCE") / (writer: "LAS CARRETAS", "Maria La O" (Maria My Own))
 1946 Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra (Short) (music: "Say Si Si" - uncredited)
 1946 Cuban Pete (writer: "The Breeze and I")
 1946 One More Tomorrow (writer: "One More Tomorrow" - uncredited)
 1945 Song of Mexico (writer: "Andalucia")
 1944 Babes on Swing Street (lyrics: "Siboney") / (music: "Siboney")
 1944 Swooner Crooner (Short) (writer: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited)
 1944 Artistry in Rhythm (Short) (writer: "Siboney")
 1943 San Demetrio London (music: "Say Si Si" - uncredited)
 1943 Get Going (music: "Siboney" - uncredited)
 1943 It Comes Up Love (music: "Say 'Si Si' (Para vigo me voy)")
 1942 Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica School (Short) (writer: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited)
 1942 The Daffy Duckaroo (Short) (music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited)
 1942 The Hep Cat (Short) (music: "Always in My Heart (Siempre en mi corazón)" - uncredited)
 1942 Get Hep to Love (lyrics: "Siboney" - uncredited) / (music: "Siboney" - uncredited)
 1942 Fox Pop (Short) (music: "Always in My Heart (Siempre en mi corazón)" - uncredited)
 1942 Secret Enemies (music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited)
 1942 Hold the Lion, Please (Short) (music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited)
 1942 Nutty News (Short) (music: "Always in My Heart" - uncredited)
 1942 Always in My Heart (writer: "Always in My Heart" (1942) - uncredited)
 1941 Wabbit Twouble (Short) (music: "The Angels Came Thru" - uncredited)
 1941 Washington Melodrama (writer: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1941 Forbidden Passage (Short) (writer: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1940 Third Finger, Left Hand (music: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1940 Carolina Moon (music: "Say Si Si" (1935) - uncredited)
 1940 Charlie Chan in Panama (writer: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1939 Another Thin Man (music: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1939 Dancing Co-Ed (writer: "Jungle Drums" (1933) - uncredited)
 1939 Clyde Lucas and His Orchestra (Short) (writer: "Se fue la comparsa" - uncredited)
 1937 Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Short) (music: "Para vigo me voy" - uncredited)
 1937 Vogues of 1938 (music: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1937 When You're in Love (music: "Siboney")
 1936 Winterset (writer: "Siboney" - uncredited)
 1935 The Wishing Stone (Short) (music: "Siboney" - uncredited)
 1934 Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (Short) (writer: "Jungle Drums")
 1934 Las fronteras del amor (writer: "Andar")
 1934 Isham Jones & His Orchestra (Short) (writer: "Siboney" - uncredited)
 1934 La cruz y la espada (writer: "Funeral")
 1933 Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals (Short) (music: "Siboney" - uncredited)
 1933 Dancing Lady (writer: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1933 Ex-Lady (music: "Karabalí" - uncredited)
 1932 Flaming Gold (writer: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1932 Bachelor's Affairs (writer: "Siboney" (Canto Siboney) - uncredited)
 1932 Lady with a Past (writer: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1931 Suicide Fleet (music: "Siboney" (1929) - uncredited)
 1931 Hell Divers (writer: "Maria, My Own" (1931) - uncredited)
 1931 The Road to Singapore (music: "African Lament" - uncredited)
 1931 My Sin (writer: "María la O")
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Alternate Names:

Ernesto Lecvona

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