The expression of homesickness and the picturesque description of the Puerto Rican countryside become the subject matter of commercial hits particularly in the voice of Chuíto el de Bayamón.
Jesús Sánchez, aka Chuíto, was born in 1900 in the countryside of Bayamón (in the north of the island), where he began working as a wagon driver and cigar maker. He achieved fame as a pioneer when he became the first troubadour to be heard on the country’s radio, with the show Industrias Nativas that he enlivened along with the Conjunto Típico Ladí. With a solid radio career and several 78 rpm records already released, he recorded his first LP for Ansonia, “Fiesta en el batey”, in the Beltone studios of New York in June of 1957. On this album, like on the majority of his previous records, he was accompanied by the legendary group of Claudio Ferrer y sus Jíbaros, with the master Manuel “Nieves” Quintero on the cuatro and Ismael Santiago on the accordion.