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Album Review

With his material being performed by the likes of Plácido Domingo, Chavela Vargas, Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias, Helmut Lotti, Nat King Cole, and Caetano Veloso, there’s little doubt that Agustín Lara was one of Mexico's greatest songwriters. This 2004 collection designed for the Mexican market collects some of Lara’s own performances, giving those unfamiliar a chance to experience these classics sung by the “King of the Bolero” himself.


Born: October 30, 1897 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Baladas and Boleros

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

One of Mexico's seminal songwriters during the pre-war era, Agustin Lara wrote favorites including "Granada," "Solamente una Vez," "Maria Bonita," "Farolito," and "Palabras de Mujer." Lara excelled in a variety of song styles — ranchera, bolero, tropical songs, even the occasional tango — and brought a cosmopolitan flair to the Old West while vivifying many early Mexican films with his rich music. Born in 1897 in Mexico City (though he would often name Veracruz as his birthplace), Lara...
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