José Alfredo Jiménez

José Alfredo Jiménez-Sandoval (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse alˈfɾeðo xiˈmenes]; 19 January 1926 – 23 November 1973) was a Mexican singer-songwriter of rancheras, whose songs are considered an integral part of Mexico's musical heritage.

Jiménez was born in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico. According to the singer Miguel Aceves Mejía, he did not play an instrument and did not even know the Spanish word for "waltz" or what "keys" his songs were in. Nonetheless, he composed more than 1,000 songs. Among the most famous are "Yo", Me equivoqué contigo", "Ella", "Paloma querida","Que se me acabe la Vida ", "Tú y la mentira", "Media vuelta", "El Rey", "Sin sangre en las venas", "El jinete", "Si nos dejan", "Amanecí en tus brazos", "Llegando a ti", "Tu recuerdo y yo", El hijo del pueblo", "Cuando el destino", "El caballo blanco", "Llegó borracho el Borracho" and "Que te vaya bonito", as well as "Camino de Guanajuato", where he sang about his home state of Guanajuato.

In addition to his own recordings, many of his songs have been recorded by renowned artists from around the Spanish-speaking world, most notably by the following artists: Selena, which she sang “Cuando Nadie Te Quiera”, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Enrique Bunbury, Antonio Aguilar, Luis Aguilar, Lola Beltrán, Vikki Carr, Gualberto Castro, Rocío Dúrcal, Alejandro Fernández, Pedro Fernández, Vicente Fernández, Los Relámpagos Del Norte con Cornelio Reyna y Ramón Ayala, Los Tigres del Norte, Manolo García, Little Joe Hernández & The Latinaires, Julio Iglesias, Pedro Infante, the Mexican rock group Maná, Luis Miguel, Jorge Negrete, Sunny Ozuna & The Sunliners, María Dolores Pradera, Javier Solís, and Chavela Vargas and Selena. In addition, Joaquín Sabina paid homage to Jiménez with his song, "Por el Bulevar de los Sueños Rotos" ("On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams"). The country artist Luke Tan recorded a disc of his favorite Jiménez songs in Spanish, including some English translations.

Like many of his contemporary stars, such as Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, and Javier Solís, Jiménez died young. He was only forty-seven years old when he died in Mexico City, of complications resulting from cirrhosis of the liver.

One of his last appearances on Mexican television occurred in 1973, just months prior to his death, where he introduced his last song, "Gracias", accompanied by his wife, singer Alicia Juarez. It was his way of thanking the public for all of the affection they had shown him throughout his career as one of the most prolific and highly regarded composers and singers Mexico has ever produced. In 2018, Jiménez was posthumously awarded the Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year for ¡México Por Siempre! by Luis Miguel. Jiménez received the accolade due to the fact six of the fourteen tracks in the album were composed by him, thus making Jiménez eligible for the award.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 19th, 1926 (Dolores Hidalgo), Died Mexico City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger

Notes: Surname sometimes spelled Jiménes.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-30497 10-in. 7/14/1924 S. M. el fox trot Mariano Meléndez Male vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor MBS-092006 10-in. before 5/17/1950 Yo Costeños ; Andrés Huesca Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092203 10-in. before 8/4/1950 Yo Mariachi Vargas ; Pedro Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092250 10-in. before 9/5/1950 Cuatro caminos Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092253 10-in. before 9/5/1950 Ella Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092351 10-in. before 10/19/1950 Un día nublado Fernando Fernández ; Mariachi Pulido ; Lupita Palomera Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092543 10-in. before 12/14/1950 Qué suerte la mía Mariachi Pulido ; Jorge Negrete Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092544 10-in. before 12/26/1950 Ella Mariachi Pulido ; Jorge Negrete Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092547 10-in. before 12/14/1950 La que se fué Mariachi Pulido ; Jorge Negrete Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092573 10-in. before 2/6/1951 El cobarde Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092574 10-in. before 2/6/1951 Sucedió en La Barranca Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092619 10-in. before 4/3/1951 Enterrado vivo Cuarteto América ; Fernando Fernández ; Mariachi Pulido Male vocal solo, with vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092620 10-in. before 4/3/1951 Cuando juegue el albur Cuarteto América ; Fernando Fernández ; Mariachi Pulido Male vocal solo, with vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-092674 10-in. before 3/13/1951 Ella volvió Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental ensemble composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jiménez, José Alfredo," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106688.

Jiménez, José Alfredo. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106688.

"Jiménez, José Alfredo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106688

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