Being the eldest son in a poor family with 18 children, Benny More made his first guitar of board and twine string at the age of six.
In 1936, when he was 17, More left his village and moved to the capital of Cuba, Havana, where he was selling bruised vegetables and fruit, hardly earning enough to survive and struggling to make the career as a musician. He eventually succeeded.
He stepped on a path to stardom in 1940, winning the first prize in a radio competition and signing his first contract as a result. Changing bands and experimenting with all possible Latin, Cuban and African musical styles, More became popular not only in Cuba, but also in Venezuela, Jamaica, Haiti, Panama and Mexico.