23 November: Tribute to José Alfredo Jiménez
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José Alfredo Jiménez (19 January 1926 – 23 November 1973) was a Mexican singer-songwriter and actor, considered one of the most popular and influential figures in the history of Mexican music.
Life and Career
He was born in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico, on 19 January 1926 and began his career in music in the late 1940s.
Jiménez wrote and recorded more than 1,000 songs throughout his career, many of which have become enduring classics in Mexican music. He sang in a distinctive, emotive style and his lyrics often dealt with themes of love, heartbreak, and the struggles of everyday life. His most famous songs include “El Rey,” “Ella,” “El Jinete,” and “El Siete Marez.”
Jiménez’s career took off in the 1950s, and he quickly became one of the most popular and successful artists in Mexico. He recorded albums and toured extensively throughout Mexico and Latin America, and also appeared in several films. He also made frequent appearances on Mexican television, becoming a household name in the country.
In addition to his success as a singer, Jiménez was also a talented actor, appearing in more than 20 films throughout his career. He was awarded the Ariel Award for Best Actor for his role in the film “La Yegua Colorada” in 1973.
Jiménez died in Mexico City on 23 November 1973, at the age of 47, due to liver disease. His funeral was attended by thousands of people, including President Luis Echeverría. He is considered one of the most important figures in Mexican music and his songs continue to be popular and widely covered by contemporary artists. His legacy is still very much alive in Mexican culture and his music continues to be enjoyed by many generations.
Award and Legacy
José Alfredo Jiménez was a very popular and influential figure in Mexican music, and was recognized with many awards throughout his career.
In 1960, he received the National Prize of Arts and Sciences in the Popular Music category, which is considered one of the most important awards in Mexican music. He also received numerous awards and recognitions from various organizations and festivals throughout his career, including the Silver Ariel award for his acting in the film “La Yegua Colorada” in 1973.
After his death, Jiménez was posthumously honored with several awards and recognitions, including the Mexican Academy of Music’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1974, and being inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jiménez’s legacy is considered to be one of the most important and influential in the history of Mexican music. His songs are considered classics and continue to be widely covered and performed by contemporary artists. His emotive singing style and his lyrics, that often dealt with themes of love, heartbreak and everyday life struggles, have been a source of inspiration for many Mexican singers. He is remembered as a cultural icon and his music continues to be enjoyed by many generations.
On 19 January 2016, Google Doodle celebrated José Alfredo Jiménez’s 90th Birthday.