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Antonio Aguilar

Antonio Aguilar reigned among the most popular Mexican singers and actors of his generation, recording more than 150 traditional mariachi albums and a staggering 167 feature films during the course of a career spanning more than a half century. Dubbed "El Charro de México," Aguilar invariably appeared on-stage and onscreen in the sequined garb of the rodeo rider, complete with sombrero. His popularity at home was matched by an enormous fan base of Latinos living in the U.S., and in 1997 he broke box-office records by selling out New York City's Madison Square Garden across six consecutive nights. Born Pascual Antonio Aguilar Barraza outside of Villanueva, Mexico, on May 17, 1919, he began riding horses as a toddler, with a habit of singing while in the saddle. As a teen, he entered the U.S. as an illegal immigrant, settling in Los Angeles and working as a waiter while saving money in hopes of funding acting and singing classes.

Upon returning to Mexico in 1945 Aguilar pursued a career in opera, but a friend recommended he instead try his hand at mariachi and "use that powerful voice to sing the songs of the people." By 1950 he was recording, and that same year made his film debut alongside Mexican cinema legends Pedro Infante and Marga Lopez in Un Rincón Cerca del Cielo. With 1956's Tierra de Hombres Aguilar landed his first starring role, and in the years to follow he emerged as the biggest draw in Mexican moviemaking. Inevitably cast as a two-fisted but tender-hearted cowboy balladeer, his pictures are also credited with popularizing la charreada, a style of rodeo deeply rooted in the legendary charro tradition.

When Aguilar was not filming a motion picture, he was recording a new album. Singles including "Caballo Prieto Azabache," "Gabino Barrera," and "Puno de Tierra" made him a superstar, and in time he began writing and producing screenplays constructed around his songs. Aguilar's long marriage to actress/singer Flor Silvestre further endeared him to fans, and together they co-starred in myriad films -- she also recorded more than 100 albums in her own right. Aguilar nevertheless enjoyed his greatest popularity during the 1960s, when his stage appearances came to include elements of rodeo, complete with roping, bull-riding, and clowns -- the headliner himself even embraced the chance to show off his formidable prowess on horseback. In 1969 Aguilar returned to southern California to co-star opposite John Wayne and Rock Hudson in The Undefeated, his first Hollywood production. The Civil War-era drama's final cut nevertheless left him deeply wounded with its stereotyped portrayal of Mexican culture, and he subsequently declined all offers from U.S. producers.

Aguilar returned home to star as Mexican heroes ranging from Pancho Villa to Emiliano Zapata. Although his popularity waned during the 1970s, by the mid-'80s he enjoyed a commercial resurgence, spearheading a revival in the tambora genre via the smash "Triste Recuerdo." Three years after his triumphant Madison Square Garden stint, Aguilar earned a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in recognition of worldwide record sales in excess of 25 million. His health declined in the decade to follow, however, and in 2006 he mounted what proved to be a farewell tour of the U.S. After battling pneumonia, he died in Mexico City on June 19, 2007. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Adriana donde quiera estés espero q estes bien saves no e podido olvidarte siempre as estado en mi mente te perdí juan
I think we should all cry for this song because it is great lol ayayaya toño
Ah, no
Puro zacatecas me gusta toda Las canciones de Don antonio
prisco_1
Chauy
prisco_1
Yo Iba d morrito a mirarlo hahahahh
wufhghfjg chef
Fdfgffhg
Aquí me ase recordar cosas inolvidables y hasta ganas de llorar con las rolas peronas qué cantá
Seguro que si! Ayyaya!
Este si es charro
An tonihoa+uila
Ahora quien le cantzran las tequilas a Ruby. .a no es BUDWEISER... Y cigaros d los mas corientes. Urge.?!!
aldini10
Viva Mexico... Si señores
Ay,ay,ay y más ay
Que AQUI RIFA SINALOA
Estos so son fresh ones
Ariba Juchipila Zacatecas, R.I.P. A.A.
ARRIVA MICHOACAN,Ay a y a i i i i i i
Eses mi suegro querido que ya es un angel que cuida asu familia y ami pepe lo estraňamos muncho pero esta en mejor vida
Prrron este señor
ECHALE ANTONIO!Ayay a i i i i i i
Está si es música y No chingaderas, ARRIBA ZACATECAS CABRONES!!! Pura tambora ahh
,El mero chingon,sin chingaderas!
AYAYAIIIIII
Aquella Cansion
anillo Grabado
Shuaa Arriva Zacatecas! :-)
oramirez71
Unos de los mejores iconos de la música mexicana. Viva la época de Oro .
Y AUNQUE treate de olvidarte cada dia TE EXTRANIO mas ...
greg.diaz5
Sizemore sera el unico!!!!
Bonita cancion un comentario sera el mismo guero palma que conosco
lashy602
IS THAT ALL U GOT .....ECHELE MORRON....
lashy602
GOOD LYRIC LOL ASI ES
lashy602
LOL IT WAS MEANT TO SAY MODOS IGUALITO A SU PA MUAH TE AMO MI HUERO PALMA WHAA
lashy602
MY HANDSOME LIL GUY TIENE MODOS COMO SU PINCHI MADRE....WE LOVE U APA
surita482
59 Sandra was one my ex mans Pete's songs


McInerney
Fierro viejon mis respeto para don Antonio Aguilar
Un hombre afferado por in dolor doloroso y insorportabl e y canta si dolor
Building say right on
lashy602
HELL BE BACK AND NONE OF HIS GUEST R WELCOME..... A Q U I RIFANDOLA ....
Como el no hay otro
El mejor
Yo en papa la gusta la música
My parents took me to the Alameda to see his movies and Pedro Y Jorge but non compared to our beloved Senior Antonio, El Mero, Mero. I cried and cried cuando lo perdimos al Gran Charto de Mecico. ��
Mi segundo padre Lo amo
El mero chingon !!! El ultimo CHARRO Mexicano y le guste o no a Los seguidores del que quiz I pisarle los talones
Mis respeto para el Charo número UNO Don Antonio Agilar yo sigo disfrutando de todas sus canciones y sus películas
Musica tan BONITA DIOS VENDIGA
lozano92
My adopted father ��
Muy buenas canciones y películas arriba antonio Aguilar muerto si GE siendo un gran señor
Ayyyyy yaaayayyy k ganas de tomar vino......
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