Title: Besame Mucho - Guitar Chords And Lyr ics Word Count: 603 Summary: Besame Mucho is a song that proves there is a sixteen-year-old Mexican girl lurking inside all of us. Con suelo Velazquez wrote a song that h as captivated the imagination of th e world since the 1940's. Keywords: besame mucho, most popular songs of all time Article Body: Besame Mucho is one of the most pop ular songs of all time, being recor ded by an extraordinarily diverse r ange of singers and instrumentalist s. It was written in 1940 by a sixteen -year-old Mexican girl called Consu elo Velasquez. The song was a steam y expression of a young girl's long ing to be kissed. The title of the song means "kiss me alot" and it st irred the imaginations of men and w omen all over the world. In 1944 a young American singer named Kitty K allen sang the song with Jimmy Dors ey and his orchestra and it stayed for six weeks on the charts of Bill board Magazine. Another key figure in the story of Besame Mucho is Sunny Skylar, compo ser and arranger who sang with big bands in the nieteen forties. He wr ote music and lyrics for many popul ar songs including: Amor, And So To Sleep Again and Love Me With All Y our Heart. There are other translat ions of the song but Skylar's seems to be a favorite. Here are the lyr ics as interpreted by Sunny Skylar: Bésame, bésame mucho Each time I cling to your kiss, I he ar music divine Bésame mucho Hold me my darling and say that you' ll always be mine This joy is something new My arms enfolding you Never knew this thrill before Whoever thought I'd be Holding you close to me Whispering "It's you I adore" Dearest one If you should leave me Each little dream would take wing, and my life would be through Bésame mucho Love me forever and make all my drea ms come true At the time of writing the song Con suelo insisted she had never been k issed but she certainly sounds like she knew what she wanted. I think Skylar was wise in not translating the words "besane mucho" into liter al English like "kiss me much" or " kiss me alot". Just to get the feel of the song, h ere are Consuelo's original words: And here are the original lyrics by Consuelo Velazquez: Bésame, bésame mucho Como si fuera esta noche la última v ez Bésame mucho Que tengo miedo perderte, perderte o tra vez Quiero tenerte muy Cerca, mirarme en tus Ojos, verte junto a mí Piensa que tal vez Mañana yo ya estaré Lejos, muy lejos de ti Bésame, bésame mucho Como si fuera esta noche la última v ez Bésame mucho Que tengo miedo perderte, perderte d espués If you are a guitar player and you know how to play the A minor, D min or, A major and E major chords you will easily be able to play Besame Mucho. As for the composer of the song, sh e was supposed to have been a class ical concert pianist having learnt the piano when she was four years o ld. Consuelo wrote many other popu lar Mexican songs including: Amar y vivir, Verdad amarga, Franqueza, Q ue seas feliz, Cachito and Enamorada. The list of vocal and instrumental artists who have recorded Besame M ucho goes on and on. Some notable o nes are: Andrea Bocelli, Artie Shaw , The Beatles, Charles Aznavour, Ch ris Isaak, Edith Piaf, The Dead Bro thers, Leslie Nielsen(!!), Sammy Da vis Jr and Stan Getz. For lovers of acoustic guitar, Besa me Mucho is included on an album of latin standards by flamenco guitar ist, Paco de Lucia. Other tracks on the CD include: Malaguena, Mantill a De Feria, Granada, Manha De Carna val, Perfidia, La Virgen De La Maca rena and Moliendo Cafe. Paco is one of the world's greatest guitarists and it would be well worth your wh ile to have a listen to this excell ent CD. Meanwhile, good luck with y our own efforts at playing this lus cious song.