Palomino was born on January 3, 1948, in the province of Pinar del Rio on the island of Cuba. His family, like many Cuban families, loved music and he grew up listening to popular music of the 40's and 50's like Frank Sinatra, Pat Boone, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, and the great Cuban singer/ band leader Beny More. He became fascinated with songwriting and began teaching himself to play guitar as a child. Although Palomino did not study music formally, as a teenager he was admitted to Cuba's prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte (National Art School) in the acting program. After playing an extra in Tomas Gutierrez Alea's masterpiece film, "Las Doce Sillas (The Twelve Chairs), he knew that acting was not for him and focused his attention on guitar playing and songwriting. Fellow pinareño (person from Pinar del Rio), Pepe Besu, was his guitar teacher and within one month told his student that he was born with the gift and played as if he had been playing for years. Palomino completed his first musical composition at the age of 13. Having always been a prolific songwriter, from 1972, the year of the Cuba's first "Festival del Joven Creador (Young Creator's Festival), he began to submit songs to all of the Cuban songwriting and creative competitions. Through the mid 1980s, Palomino won 10 of Cuba's most important national songwriting competitions making a name for himself, especially among his peers all of whom consider Palomino to be one of his generation's greatest composers. In 1997 Palomino left Cuba for the United States, arriving in Miami where he began to try his luck at making a name for himself among the music community. After some time and some disappointments, but with the eternal optimism reflected in his beautiful songs, he began to play at a popular Coral Gables venue frequented by many stars of the Latin Music industry. There he was admired by and often accompanied artists such as Lucia Mendez, Ana Barbara, Son by Four and many others, but it was the legendary jazz flutist Nestor Torres who took notice and brought him to the attention of composer, arranger and music producer, Will Edwards. Will Edwards, owner of Sprockets Music, successful audio production and post production facility, fell in love with Palomino's songs, his unique style of guitar playing and his voice, and decided to produce Palomino's first record.
Palomino Diaz's first CD, "Ese Soy Yo", featuring guest artists Nicolle Chirino, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres and Jose Negroni, is on sale now at cdbaby.com or you can buy it directly from Palomino at the Happy Dollar Store, 3621 S.W. 8 th St., Miami, FL 33135, 7 days a week.