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Published on Mar 1, 2014
"Guantanamera"is perhaps the best known Cuban song and that country's most noted patriotic song . In 1966, The Sandpipers recorded a most engaging version of this easy listening ballad, based on an arrangement by Pete Seeger, and it instantly became an international hit.
The lyrics are based on selections from the poetry collection Versos Sencillos (Simple Verses) by Cuban poet and independence hero José Martí, as adapted by Julián Orbón. Given Martí's significance to the Cuban people, the use of his poem in the song virtually elevated it to unofficial anthem status in the country.