Marino Perez : Cabaret Bachatero

Marino Perez - Bachata Roja

During the 1970s and 1980s, bachata was much maligned in Dominican society for its association with poverty, rural backwardness, and delinquency. Artists like Leonardo Paniagua and Luis Segura sought to avoid these negative perceptions by recording covers of foreign baladas and other more acceptable music. Others instead embraced the stereotype and openly indulged in the freewheeling bachatero lifestyle. The singer who is the best known and most emblematic of this latter group is Marino Perez. With candid feeling and dark humor, Perez sang the story of bars and barrios where jealous lovers quarrel, men and women betray one another, insults are traded, and the ubiquitous bottle of rum is always present. This was not fiction for Perez, but the life he actually lived, and it was a world and a way of life which would eventually kill him.

Marino Perez was born in Guayabo Dulce, a campo near the eastern city of San Pedro de Macoris. Even those closest to him hesitate to guess Marino’s age; while he was still uncommonly young-looking into his middle-age, by the time he died in the mid-1990s alcoholism had transformed his features into those of a man old before his time. As with many bachateros, Marino’s professional career began in 1969 when he emigrated to the capital, Santo Domingo. At the suggestion of Manuel Menegildo of Marisol Records, he sought out the guitarist Edilio Paredes to record a single. Edilio was at the time flirting with becoming an evangelical Christian, and wanted no part in the project. Marino instead recorded his first tracks accompanied on the guitar by Augusto Santos, and the single, “El trago de olvidar”, became an instant classic, remaining today one of Perez’ most popular songs.

Marino went on to produce a string of hit singles glorifying the life of the cabaretero. He was accompanied always in his songs and on his adventures by his segunda guitara, fellow hedonist and San Pedro native Chijo Osoria; their dialogues at the beginnings of Marino’s songs became a trademark of cabaret bachata. Woman: “Perdoname, papi, por piedad…” (“Forgive me, baby, for pity’s sake...”) Chijo: “Marino, pero perdona esa pobre mujer.” (“Marino, forgive the poor woman!”) Marino: “Ah, pero es que tu no sabes, lo que me hizo esa sinvergüenza…no, no y no, por mi que se muera.” (“Ah, but you don’t know what that shameless woman did to me...no, no and no...she can die as far as I’m concerned.”)

Despite being one of the most successful artists of bachata’s formative years, very little survives of Marino other than his songs and the stories fellow musicians tell of him. These tales offer a glimpse of an extraordinary personality who lived true to the character of debauchery and abandon so present in his lyrics.

Julio Angel, the author of the hit “El Pajón”, recalls visiting Marino in San Pedro. After a night of merrymaking the two friends passed out in a cabaret. When Julio awoke he saw no sign of Marino, or of his own guitar, which they had been playing while they sang and drank. Julio first went to Marino’s house, where they hadn’t seen him since the night before; he then made the rounds of the bars and brothels that Marino was known to frequent. Everywhere Julio went, they had just seen Marino - with Julio's guitar. Finally, Julio arrived at a cabaret and found his guitar on the shelf behind the bar - and Marino nowhere in sight. The barman informed Julio that the guitar had been used as collateral against Marino's unpaid tab. It took Perez nearly three months to recover the guitar and return it to Julio. Others recall Perez being paid by Massimino Sanchez, a promoter, in copies of records. Perez’ songs, always hits, were much sought after, and Marino would exchange them with the owners of colmados (general stores) at the rate of two 45s for a bottle of rum.

Marino Perez's songs have all the characteristics that made bachata so popular and at the same time so maligned. With emotions ranging from wrenching despair to soft seduction, his raw passion and distinct timbre won him a fervent following. But Marino was untrained and careless, singing out of tune even on some of his most famous recordings. This gave easy fodder to his critics, to whom Marino was the archetype of all that was wrong with bachata. While lead guitarists and arrangers like Edilio Paredes and Augusto Santos did some of their best work with Perez, it is also true that many of the critiques which were leveled at bachata during the 1970s and 1980s - regarding the poor quality of the sound, singing and musicianship - are evident in much of Perez’ work. Perez was prolific, sometimes recording as many as thirty songs in a single afternoon. This rate of production sometimes resulted in repetitious compositions and poor recording quality. Yet Marino's unvarnished soulfulness struck a chord with bachata’s public, and his songs continue to be among the most loved and remembered of the classic bachata repertoire. Perez was likely the best-selling bachatero of his era; almost every single he put out became a hit. Unlike many bachateros who sang covers, most of Marino’s songs were his own, as were their stories of the pain, frustration, pride and humor of a life of unabated dissipation.

Perez continued to record and sell prodigious numbers of records during the 1980s, and his most popular songs were even re-recorded as orchestral merengues by artists like Wilfrido Vargas. But by the time Marino died in the middle of the 1990s, time had passed him by and bachata had begun moving in a new direction, with gentler lyrics and electric instruments. While many of Bachata’s younger fans don't recognize Perez by name, many of his most popular songs are still widely known and have taken a permanent place in the Dominican musical heritage. The style in which Marino sang is no longer in vogue, but he remains an icon of bachata's early years; he lived the story of his music, both as author and as actor, and died in much the same way, vomiting up his liver. Marino’s songs survive him. With loneliness, anguish, and unvarnished exuberance, they continue to endear him to bachata’s faithful.

Comments

aun no teniendo los recurso para esa es poca y sin instrumento cómo ese no es salido otros

Marino fue un icono de la bachata. Lastima que ha sido olvidado.

Esta biografía es algo que tiene un gran valor solprendente

era un buen bachatero; de mi pueblo pero el ron acabo con el. era mi amigo a mi y mi tia nos gustaba su misica

Estoy buscando la cancion de marino Perez llamada, " si te vas, llevatelo todo", por favor si me pueden ayudar, necessities saber donde conseguirla

Parami el mejor bachatero de amargue fue marino yotenia 11año cuando murio iyo yore imas con un reportage de francis anibal

bachata parandera

QUE ME DISCULPE EL QUE DEJO EL COMENTARIO DISIENDO QUE MARINO MURIO A MEDIADO DE LOS 80,S . PUES NO FUE ASI , MARINO MURIO UN LUNES 26 DE JULIO DEL 1991 A LA 1 . 15 P . M .DE LA TARDE , AUN NO HABIA CUMPLIDO SUS 45 AÑOS DE EDAD .

como marino perez ninguno , el cantaba lo que sentia .

marino perez fue un bachatero de belda desde niño sienpre megustaban las bachata de perez y espero k en cadaletra lesilba de esperiensia a losjobene

yo soy de capitan 12 k l m de sabana de la mar y 28 k l m a miche y me recuerdo cuando marino perez toco una noche en un bar de miche de domingo hero llamado los 4 viento y alli canto la bachata quiciera poder gritar tu amor a los 4 vientos k se escucho en toda la rep dom y cuantas borracheras k me dabas escuchando sus bachatas ya k yo era jugador de gallos con my tio cesar sosa j y vicitabamos todos lugares y donde quiera sonaban esas bachatas para my es un orguyo de pasar esos momentos inolvidables de my vida

No hay palabras para describir este monstruo.inolvidable

Marino Perez is incredible...

no conoci a marino perez, pero si conozco su musica.

Yo me acurdo cuando mrino cantaba en las barras de la lomas del cochero por potes de romo siempre com su saco y su pantalon de gavardina era un espectaculo

Recuedo yo ver a Marino Perez cuando crusaba frente a mi Casa cuando yo era un adolecente en la calle T del Barrio Restauracion de San Pedro de Macoris. Meparece verlo con su Pantalon Blanco de Canpana y su Chacabana de 4 Borcillo y un Pote de Ron en lo Volsillo. Si Mi Prosimo corte Musical lo are a su Nombre

necesito saber si el cantaba los criticone

estoy buskando ana cancion de el que di se si te vas llevatelo todo no dege aki nada que jo /si tu qrees que me voy a llorar te queibokaste no voy a jorar

me gusta bastante su mucica incluso un pana iyo tenemo un grupo llamado los buca vida ciempre praticamo cantando su mucica y praticando con la guitarra.

Ta bien esas musicas

marino bebia mucho pero era bueno

YO ME CRIE EN LOS TIEMPOS DE MARINO PEREZ Y ME RECUERDO CUANDO CANTABA EN EL ESTADIO TETELO VARGAS ERA LO MEJOR MI PAPA ME LLEVAVA A BERLO YO SOY DE SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS

me gusta su musica por k dice lo k siente

yo soy fanatico cien x ciento

me gusta su bachta porke cantava con sentimiento de verda

par mi hablar de marino perez es hablar de un legado que las futuras generaciones de la bachata deben agradecer porque izo un gran aporte a la propusion y difucion de la bachata gracias marino donde quiera que este.

MARINO PEREZ ESTA MUERTO PERO ESTAN BIBA SUS BACHATA EN CADA UNO DE NUESTRO PUBLO FUE UNO DE LOS BUNOS BACHATERO DOMONICANO AMI DE MI PARTE MEGUSTAN LAS BACHATA DE NUESTRA TIERRA EN ESPECIAL DE MARINO PEREZ WILLIAMS II ORGUYOSO DE SER DOM

Yo me siento identificado con esas bachatas, yo la vivi cuando pequeño cuando en micasa habia un colmadito y cuando les pagaban a los guardias siempre se sentaban a beber barcelo o bermudez acompañados de las canciones de marino perez, yo la oigo aveces.. espero que el creador de esta pagina lleve esta informacion a WIKIPEDIA es importante, Marino Perez es una de las Joyas ocultas de la bachata Musica que tambien son de nuestras raices Dominicanas

las mejores bachatas de ante eran las de marino perez

en los ano 1985 recerdo anerlo visto en el mercado municipal de san pedro de macori cada ves k vicito mi pueblo meparece verlo con su pantalon blanco de canpana y su chacabana de 4 borcillo me encantan todos sus exito en especial recogiendo tierra,y con el pecho y el corazon,fue el primer altista k vi en persona en el bar 46 en el 1985.

I truly understand why these old Bachatas were music of brothels and bars. When I listen to Marino Perez, Odilio Gonzalez, Luis SeGura & Leonardo Paniagua I can't resist the temptation of a ALCOHOL! Hoy se Bebe!!!!!!

es el mejor bachatero de ese tiempo, en especial me gusta la bachata no le temo a nada

Marino Perez

Could you post this to Wikipedia?

Marino Perez fue y es uno de los mejores vachatero que an esitido en todo los tiempo.......?

marino is the best bachatero to me! A drink for u marino

era uno delo mas grande bachatero de la Rep Dom mi respeto

los mejor de la bachata

nose soi mui hobe y megustan esas musica son delomejor antoni santos diculpame pero si ese cabeyero estubiera bibo tendrias ke besarle la mano

marino un ydolo de la Rep Dom

me gustan las bachata de marino peres porq son muy bonita y con mucho sentimientos.

Me gusta esa mucica

I love that men...que me maten con marido y me muero feliz...oh and contrats al que escribio esto esta muy bonito.

mariano perz es el ombre k cuando escullo una cansion de el nada mas busco una chata de brual para darme un humo

marino fue el mejor bachatero. lastima que murio. recurdo cunado era un niño era loco con el

me fasina tu musica es un bonito recuerdo

cuando hoigo tu canciones me acuelda mi padre el murio pero tu cancines me acen recoldalo

el mejor no hay que el los fue

marino conocio la vida del mundo pero nnunca se olvido de dios yo creo que en cualquier lugar que este siempre lo recordaremos

no tuve la oportunidad de conoserte pero se k era el mejor y sienpre estara em mi mente y corazon como el buen cantante k fuite att..