Mexican Singer Antonio Aguilar Dies
June 21, 2007 at 10:44 AM (PT)
ANTONIO AGUILAR, the singer and actor who was known as the ROY ROGERS of MEXICO, died at a MEXICO CITY hospital on TUESDAY (6/19) after battling pneumonia, AP reports. He was 88.
AGUILAR recorded with his traditional mariachi group for 50 years and sold more than 25 million records around the world. His hits include "Triste Recuerdo," "Albur de Amor," "Gabino Barrera" and "Puno de Tierra." He was also the first Mexican artist to combine concerts and rodeos; he took his show to major cities in the U.S. and LATIN AMERICA in the 1970s.
AGUILAR began his movie career as an extra and would later appear in 167 films. He received a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME in 2000.
"This is a loss not only of a great Mexican artist, but of an exemplary Mexican, a father, a Mexican charro," said Mexican President FELIPE CALDERON.
Survivors include his son PEPE AGUILAR, a six-time LATIN GRAMMY nominee.