Farrés was born in 1903 in the small city of Quemado de Güines, Las Villas, Cuba. Although unable to read or write music, he became a prolific and world-renowned composer. His songs include Quizás, Quizás, Quizás, "Acercate Mas", "Tres Palabras", "Toda Una Vida" and his own favorite "Madrecita" written in honor of his mother and still sung nowadays in Latin America on Mother's Day.
His songs have been performed and recorded by stars such as Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Eydie Gorme, Pedro Vargas,Raquel Bitton, Charles Aznavour, Luis Miguel, Maurice Chevalier, Sara Montiel, Olga Guillot and many others. Once, during a trip to Bethlehem, he was offered an impromptu serenade of his song "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" sung in Hebrew by his own driver.
In 1962, Farrés and his wife, Fina del Peso Farrés, left Cuba. They never returned. He died in West New York, New Jersey, in 1985.
Met L. Bret Stone in 1978-80 in West New York at his house.
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