19 January 1926, Dolores, Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico, d. 23 November 1973, Mexico. The greatest ranchera composer of all time, Jiménez began singing with the trio Los Rebeldes at the same Mexico City restaurant where he worked as a waiter. His first hit as a singer-songwriter came in 1950 with Ella, which was included in the motion picture Arrabalera. From then on, Jiménez penned hit after hit, often performing them himself, but also offering them to singers as illustrious as Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Lola Beltrán, Amalia Mendoza and his favourite performer, Miguel Aceves Mejía. Jiménez recorded more than 30 albums and wrote about 400 songs, dozens of which are a required part of any self-respecting mariachi repertoire. Aside from his obvious melodic genius, Jiménez became an idol in his country because he was able to distil Mexicos character and idiosyncrasies like no other songwriter. Married three...
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