Agustin Lara

Agustin Lara

Original Name Ángel Agustín María Carlos Fausto Mariano Alfonso Lara y Aguirre del Pino
Tlacotalpan, Tlacotalpan Municipality, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico
Death 6 Nov 1970 (aged 73)
Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Burial Miguel Hidalgo, Miguel Hidalgo Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Memorial ID 18870 · View Source
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Composer. He penned over four hundred compositions, gaining him an international reputation as being one of Mexico's most prolific and beloved musicians. He wrote many favorites including "Granada," "Solamente una Vez," "Maria Bonita," "Noche de Ronda," and "Palabras de Mujer." Lara excelled in a variety of song styles, ranchera, bolero, tropical and tango. In the Fall of 1928, singer Jose Rubio recorded Agustin's composition "Imposible". In September 1929, Lara began performing for the "La Hora Intima" show on Mexico City radio station XEW which earned him a dedicated national following. In 1932, Lara traveled to Cuba to perform and when he became sick a Havana newspaper mistakenly reported that he had died. In need of rest, Agustin returned to Mexico where he was met by a cheering crowd when he landed in Veracruz. There, Lara met the singer Maria Antonia Peregrino de Chazaro, better known as Toña la Negra who would become one his major interpreters. A few years later, Lara, inspired by the generosity and beauty of the port, wrote the bolero "Veracruz" which soon became one of his most popular compositions and the unofficial state anthem. He wrote most of his legendary songs between 1930 and 1939 and also began composing for film contributing to the golden era of Mexican film. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Lara cemented his international star status by touring Europe to wide acclaim. At his funeral, thousands who had been moved by his music over the years walked through the streets and a minute of silence was observed in many places throughout the nation. Inside the Teatro Blanquita in Mexico City, Toña la Negra sang a chilling rendition of one of Lara's most powerful songs, "Noche de Ronda" in tribute to one of Mexico's most cherished citizens. Dozens of artists have performed the Flaco de Oro’s songs, including Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Lola Beltran, and Celia Cruz. On the centenary of his birth, Placido Domingo recorded a full album of Lara compositions titled Por Amor.

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