Ruben Blades leads signatures for commemorative stamp of great composer ‘Tide’ Curet – El Nacional

SAN JUAN.- Panamanian salsero Ruben Blades and other artists and cultural organizations from Puerto Rico have signed a letter asking the US Postal Service to create a stamp in 2026 in honor of legendary Puerto Rican musician ‘Tide’ Garrett. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Alonzo’s birth.

Its aim is to maintain the image of the author of more than 2,000 songs, mostly recorded by some singers and bands of the tropical salsa genre, including the Blades, a member of the committee, José Rodríguez, explained to EFE this Tuesday. Centenary of Catalino Tide Curate Alonso.

Curate Alonso also worked as the composer of hits such as ‘Juan Albanil’, ‘Anacona’, ‘Barrundo’, ‘Juanito Alimana’, ‘Las Caras Lindas’ and ‘Periodico de Nuerte’. For 36 years, the Federal Post Office will pay more attention to the organization by dedicating a commemorative stamp to him.

“Besides working at the post office, ‘Tide’ is known as the ‘People’s Poet’. “His compositions are about people’s experiences,” said Rodriguez, “My sad problem’, ‘I am with the poor’, ‘On a humble grave’, ‘Puro Teatro’, Noted the author of other hits like ‘Lamento de Concepción’ and ‘San Agustin’.

For the U.S. Postal Service to consider creating a stamp in honor of Curet Alonso (1926-2003), it must receive a letter and signatures by the end of this year and honor him with the stamp within three years. Already done with other famous Latino figures like Celia Cruz and Roberto Clemente.

So, Rodríguez took on the task of getting autographs from some famous Latin figures such as Blades, the respective executive directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Institute and Ateneo Puerto Rico, Carlos Ruiz and Hamid Ghalib, as well as the musician and director. Group Esencia , Papote Alvarado, among others.

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Likewise, Rodríguez hopes to get the signatures of famous Puerto Rican artists Ricky Martin, Benicio del Toro and Gilberto Santa Rosa, baseball immortal Ivan Rodríguez and Edgar Martinez, president of Puerto Rico’s Olympic Committee, and Sarah. The respective Legislative Leaders of the island.

“This is ‘Tide”s rooted dedication and commitment to patriotism. We want to perpetuate all of his music and life’s work,” emphasized Rodriguez.

Curate Alonso died of respiratory arrest on August 5, 2003 at the age of 77 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore (Maryland, USA).

In addition to his own songs, the singer wrote lyrics in Spanish for songs recorded by Wilkins, such as the Charlie Chaplin film of the same name or his version of ‘If I’m Rich’, ‘Candlejas’. Puerto Rican Chucho Avelanete’s The Violinist on the Roof.

Their songs have been part of the soundtracks of several films such as American Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather II’ and Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’.

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