Rancheras y Rancheros

Featuring La Hija del Mariachi . Pleito de Rancheras . Javier Solis . Esta Tristeza Mia . Edith Márquez . Popurrí Ranchero . Lilith . Ranchera . Zorra Cruel . Antonio Aguilar . Estando Contigo Chata . Lola Beltrán . Lucha Villa . Plegaria Guadalupana . Jorge Negrete . José Alfredo Jiménez . El Hijo del Pueblo . Jorge Negrete . Yo Soy Mexicano . Rocio Durcal . La Diferencia . Chavela Vargas . Un mundo raro

Wikipedia : The ranchera is a genre of the traditional music of Mexico. Although closely associated with the mariachi groups which evolved in Jalisco in the post-revolutionary period, rancheras are also played today by norteño (or Conjunto) or banda (or Duranguense) groups.

Mariachi Publishing Company : The popular ranchera are songs from the heart, singing about love for someone, lost love, patriotic love (both national and local), nature and environment, etc. The traditional ranchera can be 3/4, 2/4 or 4/4. Contemporary rancheras include compositions with a mixture of a single ranchera rhythm and a son jaliscience or huapango rhythms. (These can be referred to as “canciones”.)

Answers : The first nationally famous ranchera singer, Jorge Negrete appeared in three dozen films and recorded almost 200 songs during the 1930s, ’40s, and early ’50s, before dying at the height of his career.

Alejandro Fernández : The boy, barely six years old, is urged onstage to sing alongside his superstar father. The boy has rehearsed his part, he knows it well, but faced with a sea of tens of thousands of faces, he gets frightened. And for well over a decade he never sings in public again.

AfterEllen.com : In the late 1950s and early 1960s in Mexico, singer Chavela Vargas dressed in men’s clothes, drank and smoked cigars like any man, carried a gun with her, and was notorious for her love of women. Some even say that she once kidnapped a woman at gunpoint, but Vargas denies that rumor

Lucha Villa on MySpace : In 1960, she went to an audition for a play that required 12 tall and talented dancers. She was picked as one of them. The same producer of the play decided to promote two Ranchera music song performers (a female and a male). The female this producer had in mind didn’t show up to do her debut so Luz Elena asked the promoter for an opportunity since she was convinced she could sing and had the passion for this music.

MSN : Known as “The Golden Falsetto,” Miguel Aceves Mejia achieved the peak of his success as a ranchera and film star in the late ’50s. His early career breaks were in radio, where he got a gig singing on a show sponsored by his auto factory boss, which led to a gig at the legendary Monterrey station XET.