Maria Lucial Beltrán Ruiz, 7 March 1932, El Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico, d. 23 March 1996, Mexico City, Mexico. Long hailed as the queen of Mexican ranchera, by the time of her death in 1996 Beltran had appeared in over 50 movies and recorded over 100 albums. One of seven children born to Maria de los Angeles Ruiz del Beltrán and Pedro Beltran Felix, her singing carer began at church. Her teacher, Maestro Gallardo, recognized her restless spirit and encouraged her to address songs outside of the church lexicon. Through him she learned the ballads and romances of composers such as Pedro Infante and Agustín Lara. She subsequently began to perform with a variety of local mariachi groups, also working with the group Calavera and the Mexican composer José Alfredo Jiménez. Her enormous popularity has much to do with her constant championing of the underdog in Mexican society, with songs describing the hardships of the...
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