On a day like today “The King of Ranchera Music” was born; who would turn 95 years old remembering his musical career
Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato. – On January 19, 1926, José Alfredo Jiménez, an artist from the so-called Golden Age of Mexican Arts, was born in Dolores Hidalgo, who would be recognized as “The King of ranchero music, “ who left a great musical repertoire for the world to enjoy.
The famous Guanajuato singer-songwriter would turn 95 years old today, he is remembered in the country for his songs that accompany traditions, celebrations, and almost any moment in the lives of Mexicans, who remember a love, heartbreak, an anecdote, or any celebration that can include ranchero music.
“As he had no musical training, his method of composition was to whistle the melodies. Thus he created many of the most endearing songs in Mexican music. Today, on what would be his 95th birthday, we remember José Alfredo Jiménez with great admiration and respect ”, shared the UNAM celebrating the singer-songwriter’s birthday.
It was at the age of 14 when he began to compose his first songs because he was a friend of the guitarist of the Trío Los Rebeldes, however, it was until 1950 that he began to gain popularity thanks to the song “Yo”, which was recorded by Andrés Huesca y sus Costeños, according to information shared by IMAC.
He began a fruitful career that led him to position himself as the most prominent songwriter of the ranchero genre in Mexico; it is noted that the best singers of the time disputed Jose Alfredo’s songs and the right to sing them.
His melodies were performed by Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Lola Beltrán, Javier Solís, and the Spanish María Dolores Pradera, among many other great artists of the famous Golden Age in Mexico.
“From eternity, he keeps making us sing. 95 years after his birth, we remember José Alfredo Jiménez, a great icon from the state of Guanajuato “, shared the State Institute of Culture of Guanajuato , through its social networks, paying homage to” The King “ of the rancheras in Mexico.
José Alfredo worked in theater, television, cinema, and radio, both in Mexico and abroad. During his participation in the cinema, he achieved great popularity thanks to films such as Martín Corona, Póquer de Ases, Guitarras de Medianoche, and La Feria de San Marcos. Jiménez’s music was deeply rooted in popular Mexican taste. His compositions became popular thanks to the beauty and simplicity of his lyrics and melodies.
“Today we remember the great Mexican composer, José Alfredo Jiménez, recognized as the greatest exponent of ranchero music. He was born on January 19, 1926 ”, shared the UNAM Film Library in the celebration for the birth of the Guanajuato artist.
His musical production highlights themes such as: “The King”, “Don’t threaten me”, “I woke up in your arms”, “Paloma querida”, “Camino de Guanajuato”, “When you live with me”, “Corazón”, “Te solté la rienda “,” When the moon rises “,” What a beautiful love! “,” The enormous distance “and many more.
Loves and muses of “The King”
“El Rey” conquered the stage with his emblematic songs , but he also won the hearts of many women. José Alfredo Jiménez had 3 official sentimental partners, however, it is well known that there were many more females that inspired the composer to write songs.
There were several loves that inspired the singer from Dolores Hidalgo, the cradle of independence, to write the most beautiful melodies. The artist has more than a thousand songs composed, which has made him one of the most important composers of Mexican popular music.