Music Executives Remember the Mexican Icon – Billboard

One volume for Vicente Fernandez was televised live on Monday (December 13) from his Los 3 Potrillos ranch in Guadalajara with a beautiful tribute to his family and longtime mariachi, as well as singing fans. his songs and their final goodbye.

While colleagues and family members gathered to honor the life of “El Rey de la Ranchera,” others, including key industry figures, who did not attend shared their Share the feeling of working closely with Fernández and about the significance of his legacy. In an official statement given to Billboards, Pepe Garza, program director of LA FM radio Que Buena 105.5/94.3 and founder of Premios de la Radio, said: “Whenever you listen to a Vicente Fernández song, you go back to that moment when You’re happy. To me, that was the most important thing in his repertoire and what he stood for.”


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The latest edition of Premios de la Radio in November pays tribute to Fernández with special performances by Grupo Firme, Natalia Jiménez and Leonardo Aguilar. The vibrant set features remixes of some of his most iconic songs like “Por Tu Maldito Amor,” “Hermoso Cariño,” Volver Volver,” and “El Rey. ”

Fernández, who has blessed Latino households for generations with hits like “La Ley del Monte”, “Mujeres Divinas” and “Amor de Los Dos” has died aged 81 in a hospital in Guadalajara on Sunday morning due to complications following surgery from a cervical spine injury following a serious fall last August.

Above Billboards chart, “Chente” – how he is known to his fans – holds the record for most entries on Hot Latin Song for a regional Mexican solo repertoire, with 61 songs. He also holds the record for the most number of #1s for a regional Mexican solo act on the Regional Mexico Albums chart, with a total of 17 and the record for the most number of 10s on the Regional Mexico Albums chart. , for a total of 49.

Mexican musician Martin Urieta – also the president of consejo directvo at the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México, who wrote more than 20 songs for Fernández, including the ranchera national anthem “Acá Entre Nos,” posted a heartfelt tribute in memory of his colleagues and friends.

“Friends, we are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Vicente Fernández,” Urieta said in a video. “The last giant of ranchera interpreters. Currently, he is part of the choir of angels singing to God.”

Below, see how Garza, Huppe, and other industry leaders remember Fernández:

“It has been an honor to have worked with you all over the years. Thanks for everything, my dear Chente! We will continue to enjoy your divine art, but we have missed you. Sending a big hug to your beautiful family that we love so much. Rest in peace.” – Afo Verde, president and CEO of Sony Music Latin Iberia

“With heavy hearts, we thank the legend and cultural icon of the Mexican Region Vicente ‘Chente’ Fernández. For more than 60 years, the singer, producer and actor has brought the musical traditions of his beloved country to audiences around the world through his amazing performances and gifted voice. , which stands out for its power and impressive vocal range. Known as ‘El Rey de la Música Ranchera’, Fernández, whose record includes more than 100 albums, has won numerous GRAMMY and GRAMMY Latin awards throughout his career. In 2002, he was recognized as Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy. As a hard worker, Fernández was true to his word. Even after officially retiring in 2016, he continued to perform and compose music. In a 2002 interview with The Latin Recording Academy, when asked if he would ever retire, he proudly stated that ‘as long as my voice and my abilities are intact, I will be there.’ And so, in 2019, he took to the stage at the 20th Annual GRAMMY Latin Awards with an unforgettable first-time performance with his son, Alejandro Fernández, and grandson, Alex Fernández. Making music to the bottom, he has released his last album, ‘A Mis 80’s,’ which just won the GRAMMY Latin Award in the category of Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album and is currently nominated for the GRAMMY Awards Times 64th in the category of Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano). At the Latin Recording Academy and the Recording Academy, we celebrate the life and career of Don Vicente Fernández and pay tribute to his legacy. We extend our gratitude to his great contributions to Latin music and extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.” – Manuel Abud, CEO Latin Recording Academy and Harvey Mason jr. CEO, Recording Academy

“The last giant of ranchera interpreters. Now, he is already part of a choir of angels singing to God. May he rest in peace and our condolences to his entire family.” – Martín Urueta, Mexican musician and conductor at the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México (SACM).

“Our Mexican brothers and his followers around the world mourn his farewell. It’s a very profound loss for the entertainment world, as he is an idol and icon of Mexican ranchera music. At times like these, we urge artists who have been in the industry for many years, or those who are about to make it, to remember his legacy to live on and bring future to traditional genres and themes. like yours,”- Mauricio Mendoza, Head of Content and Industry Relations, Deezer

“The heart of today’s music industry is heavy with the passing of a true icon, legendary performer and recording artist Vicente Fernández. He is a driving force to bring joy, inviting the world into the rich history of traditional Mexican sounds. His conducting presence helped expand a musical genre that would thrive for generations to come.” – Michael Huppe, President and CEO, SoundExchange

“Vicente Fernández is of considerable importance to the pueblo, to the people of Mexico and even to many others throughout Latin America. Mexicans have a very recent past or fond memories of life on a farm. Our grandparents or great-grandparents lived in rural communities, and Vicente’s music takes us to those moments, to those memories, to our parents and grandparents, and that’s what matters. the most important we have, especially if you are a Mexican living in the United States. Whenever you listen to a Vicente Fernández song, you go back to that moment when you were happy. For me, that was the most important thing in his repertoire and what he stood for. As a songwriter, a singer, and someone who has had huge success with all of his albums, he has the virtue of having a great team there to recommend a great catalog of songs. valuable. The songs will forever live in our hearts. “- Pepe Garza, program director at LA’s FM 105.5/94.3 and founder of Premios de la Radio

“His beautiful voice will always have the key to the spirit of Mexico. The radiant Charro de Huentitán will shine in our hearts. Rest in peace. We will miss you. Sending a big hug to his family, friends and fans. We will not stop clapping.” – Roberto Cantoral Z., general manager at the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México (SACM).

“Don Vicente Fernández, the greatest of the greats. You have left us and we will remember you forever with great love and admiration. Thank you for being a great artist who can sing in Mexico and around the world like no one has ever done before. You love your country and fans like no other. A great friend, companion and colleague of other artists. You’re a legend who was able to have a goodbye concert where you’ve always wanted, at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, for free so all your pueblos can be with you one last time. You’ve always been grateful, giving your all to your fans, and you’ve responded to them with the support they’ve given you throughout your career. Querido Vicente, we will remember you forever with lots of love, admiration and respect. Thank you very much, my dear Chente. “- Roberto Lopez, President of Sony Mexico

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