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 November 23rd, 1973 (Mexico City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger
Notes: Surname sometimes spelled Jiménes.
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jiménez, José Alfredo," accessed October 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106688.
Jiménez, José Alfredo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106688.
"Jiménez, José Alfredo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 October 2021.
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