In Praise of: CHENTE! Vicente Fernández

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The king of ranchera, a living god, needn't sweat not having an ilm thread but he does cause he's a pro. His star ceremony on the Hollywood walk of fame was the largest attended ever (5000 people) and he is going to build a mariachi themed vegas casino. He sings. I'm watching an awards show called Premio lo Nuestro and on his last song he put down his microphone and filled the auditorium with his voice at age 67. He also made a bunch of silly movies in the 70's and 80's which look really entertaining. I don't know the names of his songs but i can sing the melodies to his biggest ones and sometimes the words. I'll post some of the comps i've enjoyed later.
I imagine rockist scientist might have something to say maybe? You can talk about his sons too. Vicente jr. sounds like a sucky, colorless version of his father, haven't heard anything from Alejandro that i know of.

tremendoid, Friday, 22 February 2008 06:40 (thirteen years ago) link

He also made a bunch of silly movies in the 70's and 80's which look really entertaining.

Oh, they rule. I remember one where he was pretending he was blind for most of it and when his secret was discovered he (over)reacts by going around saying "MILAGRO! MILAGRO!"

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 February 2008 06:46 (thirteen years ago) link

ned do you speak spanish? i don't think i ever asked you

tremendoid, Friday, 22 February 2008 06:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, totally rusty. When I was in Venezuela I had to pause and think a LOT.

Vicente's known there, of course. He's just the Man, period.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 February 2008 06:52 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...

Jamming "Hijo del pueblo" tonight:

"porque no tengo dinero
tengo mucho corazón."

Followed by my favourite:

jim, Friday, 4 July 2008 22:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Man, I was totally worried this was revived because he'd passed on or something!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 July 2008 22:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, sorry for the scare.

jim, Friday, 4 July 2008 22:09 (thirteen years ago) link

All I have by Fernandez is that 3CD compilation that came out a few years ago. I had a copy of his newest album floating around my office, but can't find it now.

unperson, Friday, 4 July 2008 22:11 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Saw him at Madison Square Garden last night. It was fucking awesome. He did that thing mentioned upthread, where he comes to the end of a song, drops the microphone down to his side and just blasts out the final note. Also, he does shots all night and performs for three hours - 8:45 to 11:45. There's a guy whose whole job is to make sure there's a shot waiting for him on a little table, next to which his gigantic sombrero is hanging on a mic stand. Amazing. I took my mom.

Born In A Test Tube, Raised In A Cage (unperson), Sunday, 17 October 2010 15:35 (eleven years ago) link

Awesome. Then again, he is just that awesome.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 October 2010 15:42 (eleven years ago) link

Here's my full review, plus photos (also by me)...

Born In A Test Tube, Raised In A Cage (unperson), Monday, 18 October 2010 17:13 (eleven years ago) link

wow! thanks for the review, looks like i got a month to "budget" for his l.a. visit. actually wish my mother-in-law was in town (!) she would just about die.
ha fwiw last time we took moms-in-law to Vegas we bumped into Paquita la del Barrio @ pf changs lol. she was cool, they chatted over rum, and moms just about died. shame on Paquita

shecky naw (tremendoid), Monday, 18 October 2010 18:43 (eleven years ago) link

Now that is a perfect summary post. (Cause yeah, major shame, but rum with her at PF Chang's in Vegas is something so incredibly 21st century somehow.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 October 2010 18:46 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

So apparently he has been in a hospital after a fall on his ranch over the summer. He also was diagnosed with Guillian-Barré syndrome. He got out of the ICU at the end of October at any rate.

I thought of Chente while watching the recent documentary on Chavela Vargas, which I enjoyed, because there is a lot about her friend and creative collaborator José Alfredo Jiménez, who wrote and sang the original version of “El Rey.”

I also came to this thread because I had a friend from Mexico who would always tell me that “Rata de dos patas” was by Chavela Vargas and I always would think “are you sure?” and then reconfirm for myself at least that the relevant artist was Paquita la del Barrio.

Sporting with the Fbclid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 19:30 (one week ago) link

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