Myr­ta Sil­va (Sep­tem­ber 11, 1917December 2, 1987) was a Puer­to Rican singer, com­pos­er and T.V. pro­duc­er. She was known affec­tion­ate­ly as “La Gor­da De Oro”. Sil­va worked in a cabaret when she was “dis­cov­ered” and offered a 10 year con­tract by “RCA”. In the late 1930s, she met the renowned Puer­to Rican com­pos­er Rafael Her­nan­dez, who con­vinced her to join his “Cuar­te­to Vic­to­ria”. In 1941, Sil­va com­posed her first song “Cuan­do Vuel­vas” (When you return) record­ed by Ruth Fer­nan­dez. In 1942, she com­posed “En Mi Soledad” (In My Soli­tude), record­ed by Daniel San­tos, which became a hit in Latin-Amer­i­ca and in the Latin com­mu­ni­ties in the Unit­ed States. Sil­va had become an inter­na­tion­al singing star and was known as “The Queen of the Guarachera” by the her pub­lic in Latin-Amer­i­ca. From 1947 to 1949, she became the lead singer in the leg­endary Cuban guaracha-group, the Sono­ra Matancera, while at the same time she con­tin­ued to com­pose and to receive many recog­ni­tions for her work. Trav­el­ing through­out Latin Amer­i­ca with the group, Sil­va acquired many acclaims due to her per­for­mances.