Manuel Esperón

Manuel Esperón González (August 3, 1911 – February 13, 2011) was a Mexican songwriter and composer. He wrote many songs for Mexican films, including "¡Ay, Jalisco, no te rajes!" for the 1941 film of the same name, "Cocula" for El Peñón de las Ánimas (The Rock of Souls) (1943), and "Amor con amor se paga" for Hay un niño en su futuro (1952). Other Esperón compositions have become Latin standards such as "Yo soy mexicano", "Noche plateada" and "No volveré", which was used in the first episode of the 2001 soap opera El juego de la vida. Among other performers, Pedro Infante, Los Panchos, and Jorge Negrete have made his songs well-known. His fame in the USA derives from when his song The Three Caballeros was used in the Disney film The Three Caballeros (1944).

Esperón was born in Mexico City. He retired in 1987, although his songs continued to be used in filmmaking and television productions.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 3rd, 1911 (Mexico City), Died February 13th, 2011 (Cuernavaca)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, leader, lyricist

Notes: Listed in Victor ledgers as Manuel Esperón, Jr.

Recordings (Results 26-27 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-092991 10-in. before 5/29/1951 Amor con amor se paga Mariachi Pulido ; Jorge Negrete ; Pedro Vargas Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor 444A 10-in. Before 10/17/1934 La mujer del puerto Lina Boytler Female vocal solo composer  
(Results 26-27 of 27 records)


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"Esperón, Manuel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.

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