Miguel Aceves Mejia

Miguel Aceves Mejía (13 November 1915 – 6 November 2006) was a Mexican actor, composer and singer.

Miguel Aceves Mejía, or "the King of the falsetto" as he was popularly known, was born in El Paso, Texas, and was registered in Ciudad Juárez in the state of Chihuahua. He became a popular Mexican film star during its golden age and was widely regarded for his interpretations of various Mexican musical genres, particularly the ranchera.

Originally part of a traveling theater company, Aceves began recording for the first time in 1938 with the trio Los Porteños. At the beginning of his career he interpreted mainly boleros, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. During his career he recorded more than 1600 songs on 140 discs and starred in 64 films.

He was one of the three greatest of all time with his dearly friends Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete. He was the first Mexican Folkloric singer to travel around the American Continent with world tours, accompanied by the Mariachi Vargas of Tecatitlán. His fame took him in a tour to Spain where he filmed two movies with the great actress and singer La Faraona Lola Flores.

Among his greatest hits are El Pastor, La del Rebozo Blanco, Se Me Hizo Fácil, Yo Tenía un Chorro de Voz, Vaya con Dios, La Malagueña Salerosa, El Jinete, El Crucifijo de Piedra and Cuatro Caminos. He was noted for composing such songs as El Pescado Nadador and Oh, Gran Dios, even though his forté was primarily as a singer in his own right.

Following the rise to popularity of Jalisco-born ranchera singer, David Záizar. Mejía's status as "the King of the falsetto" was given to Záizar by the public.

In 1945, Aceves began dedicating himself solely to singing and, following the deaths of Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete, ventured into the world of cinema.

In 1959 he appeared in Amor se dice cantando.

Aceves died just a few days short of his 91st birthday on 6 November 2006 in Mexico City. As is tradition in Mexico, his body lay under the rotunda of the Palacio de las Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) in Mexico City. This honour is reserved for only the greatest Mexican figures of arts and letters.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 15th, 1915 (Ciudad Juárez), Died November 6th, 2006 (Mexico City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-091807 10" before 7/12/1950 Mi preferida Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Gilberto Parra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092091 10-in. before 7/12/1950 Con un polvo y otro polvo Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092092 10-in. before 5/5/1950 El gallito del norte Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092093 10-in. before 5/5/1950 Delante de mí detente Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092248 10-in. before 11/24/1950 Tu llanto beberás Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092249 10-in. before 10/5/1950 Rosa Rosita Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092250 10-in. before 9/5/1950 Cuatro caminos Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092251 10-in. before 9/12/1950 Sufrir por un amor Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092252 10-in. before 9/12/1950 Mexicanos somos donde quera Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092253 10-in. before 9/5/1950 Ella Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092254 10-in. before 10/5/1950 El capiro Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Mariachi Silvestre Vargas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092568 10-in. before 2/6/1951 Chiquitita Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092570 10-in. before 4/24/1951 Corazón sólido Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092571 10-in. before 4/24/1951 Penas del alma Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092572 10-in. before 2/6/1951 Errante voy Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092573 10-in. before 2/6/1951 El cobarde Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092574 10-in. before 2/6/1951 Sucedió en La Barranca Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092674 10-in. before 3/13/1951 Ella volvió Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor MBS-092675 10-in. before 3/13/1951 La mal pagadora Miguel Aceves Mejia ; Costeños Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Aceves Mejía, Miguel," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108069.

Aceves Mejía, Miguel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108069.

"Aceves Mejía, Miguel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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