Tomás Méndez

Tomás Méndez (born Tomás Méndez Sosa; July 25, 1927 – June 19, 1995) was a Mexican composer and singer of Mexican music and ranchera music. He was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico. He obtained his first success in 1954 with the Mexican music song "Gorrioncillo pecho amarillo" and continued in the same year with the huapangos like "Cucurrucucú paloma" and "Desafío". He died in Mexico City on June 19, 1995. The song "Cucurrucucú paloma" was played in many movie pictures like The Last Sunset, Happy Together, Talk to Her and The Five Year Engagement and has also been performed by notable singers such as Harry Belafonte, Perry Como, Lola Beltrán and Caetano Veloso.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 25th, 1926 (Fresnillo), Died July 19th, 1995 (Mexico City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MBS-95004 10-in. before 3/16/1938 Cu-cu-ru-cu paloma Benito Casado Male vocal solo composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Méndez, Tomás," accessed July 23, 2021,

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"Méndez, Tomás." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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