Houston record store owner pays tribute to famous Mexican singer, Vicente Fernandez

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – People around the world are still mourning the loss of Mexico’s national treasure, Vicente Fernandez, who has passed away aged 81.

“Vicente, I feel like I’ve lost a family member,” said Guillermo “Memo” Villareal, owner of the Memo record store in Houston’s East End.

Fernandez, El Rey de la música ranchera, is not just a singer. His music is generational and nostalgic.

Over the weekend, Mario Lopez tweeted, “His music is the soundtrack of so many growing up memories.” This is why many people around the world feel like they have lost a loved one.

“We are losing a very, very important icon and influence for the world. At least for the Spanish world,” said fan Jacob Franco.

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“Chente,” as he was affectionately called, began singing for tips on the streets of Guadalajara. He rose to the top, becoming one of Mexico’s most beloved musicians. He has sold more than 65 million albums and filmed about 40 films.

His image is famous around the world, dressed as a soldier, a traditional horseman, even sometimes singing on horseback and sipping tequila at his sold-out concerts. You can find one of his hand-stitched charro suits right in Memo’s record store. You can also find countless other memorabilia and memorabilia at the shop.

“In 1968… I brought Vicente to Houston. I was the first promoter to bring Vicente to Texas,” Memo said proudly.

For Memo, Fernandez is more than a cultural icon. He is a close friend.

“I don’t think there will be another Vicente Fernandez,” he said.

After being hospitalized for months with a spinal injury since a fall in August, Fernandez passed away on Sunday morning. Immediately after the announcement of his death, fans gathered outside his Mexican ranch.

This is such a worldwide loss that even George Strait partially tweeted: “One of my heroes. May he rest in peace, and may God bless and comfort his family. he hasta la cruz, Chente”.

“We’ll miss him. We’ll miss him,” Memo said through tears.

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