San Juan in San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico — The Caribbean (The West Indies)
“En mi Viejo San Juan”
In this place (the former Barbershop Piñol) the composer Noel Estrada for the first time with the Trio Vegabajeño debuted the song “In My Old San Juan,” recorded in 1946.
Erected 1996 by the Puerto Rico Institute of Culture and the Municipio de San Juan.
Location. 18° 27.957′ N, 66° 6.873′ W. Marker is in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in San Juan Municipality. Marker is on Calle San Francisco just west of Calle Tanca, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. It is in Old San Juan. Marker is at or near this postal address: 260 Calle San Francisco, San Juan Viejo, San Juan PR 00901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casa Natal de Don Ramón Power y Giralt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francisco de Miranda (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Defense of San Juan (approx. ¼ mile away); What About Water? (approx. ¼ mile away); Firepower Three Flags (approx. ¼ mile away); The Heart of San Cristobal (approx. ¼ mile away); National Historic Site (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan.
Regarding Noel Estrada. Noel Estrada was born in 1918 and died in 1979.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Noel Estrada. “Estrada was born in the town of Isabela, Puerto Rico, where he received his primary education. During the Great Depression, many Puerto Ricans either emigrated to the United States (mainly to the northeastern coast area) or joined the armed forces, with the hope of improving their economic situation. At the outbreak of World War II, Estrada joined and served in the United States Army. Being away from his homeland for the first time in his life would in the future serve him as inspiration when composing his world-renowned bolero ‘En mi viejo San Juan’.”
“Estrada composed ‘En mi Viejo San Juan’ in the 1940s, in New York. It is Estrada’s most popular composition, and is considered a second national anthem by many Puerto Ricans, especially those who live abroad. The City of San Juan honored Estrada as an adopted citizen and would later adopt the song as its official city anthem.” (Submitted on June 11, 2014.)
2. YouTube audio of “En Mi Viejo San Juan” by the Trio Los Panchos and Javier Solis.
3. Wikipedia Entry for Trio Vegabajeño. “Trio Vegabajeño was a legendary Puerto Rican popular music trio that existed from 1943 to the early 80s. This group marked an era of popular music in Puerto Rico. When trios where very popular in the Americas, Trio Vegabajeño was considered the ambassadors from Puerto Rico. Vegabajeño is the demonym for people of the town of Vega Baja. Eventually they were recognized as the National Trio of Puerto Rico and on October 26, 1996 a monument was inaugurated in Vega Baja.” (Submitted on June 11, 2014.)
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