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Dolores Hidalgo in Municipality of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Birthplace of José Alfredo Jiménez

 
 
Birthplace of José Alfredo Jiménez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 1, 2016
1. Birthplace of José Alfredo Jiménez Marker
Inscription.
En esta casa nacio
Jose Alfredo Jimenez
Homenaje de su pueblo
en el XXV aniversario de su
vida de compositor
17 de diciembre de 1972

English translation:
In this house was born
José Alfredo Jiménez
Tribute from this, his hometown,
on the 25th anniversary
of his life as a musician
December 17, 1972

 
Erected 1972.
 
Location. 21° 9.443′ N, 100° 55.964′ W. Marker is in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Dolores Hidalgo. Marker is on Guanajuato Calle just from Nuevo León Calle, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cocomacán (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); From Here Hidalgo Proclaimed Mexican Independence (about 180 meters away); The Decrees of Benito Juárez in Dolores Hidalgo (about 180 meters away); Miguel Hidalgo (about 180 meters away); The Route of Hidalgo (about 180 meters away); The Route of the Insurgents (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Hidalgo House and Museum
Tribute to José Alfredo Jiménez additional Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 1, 2016
2. Tribute to José Alfredo Jiménez additional Marker
This additional marker on the 7th anniversary of the death of José Alfredo Jiménez from the then governor of the state of Guanajuato, Enrique Velasco Ibarra, is to the left of the entrance to his birthplace and museum. It was placed in 1980.
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Sanctuary of Jesus Nazarene of Atotonilco UNESCO World Heritage Site (approx. 22.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dolores Hidalgo.
 
Regarding Birthplace of José Alfredo Jiménez. José Alfredo Jiménez is commonly known in Mexico as the King of Rancheras. He was born in this house on January 19, 1926. After moving to Mexico City and singing at restaurants, he finally caught his break in 1947 when musical producer Andrés Huesca heard him and decided to record his first songs. He became famous quickly and continued to write and record songs at a rapid pace, with some sources ascribing around a thousand titles to him. His most famous songs, including "El Rey", "Un Mundo Raro", "No me amaneces" and "Que te vaya bonito" are still commonly heard in Mexico almost 50 years after his death. In his short lifetime he set the course for the future of ranchera music, with many future artists covering his songs.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Birthplace of José Alfredo Jiménez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 1, 2016
3. Birthplace of José Alfredo Jiménez Marker
A bust of José Alfredo Jiménez by Sergio Peraza inside of the museum image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 1, 2016
4. A bust of José Alfredo Jiménez by Sergio Peraza inside of the museum
Grave of José Alfredo Jiménez image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 1, 2016
5. Grave of José Alfredo Jiménez
In the nearby municipal cemetery of Dolores Hidalgo is the grave of José Alfredo Jiménez. The large grave includes a 15-foot tall "charro"-type hat and a rainbow-colored sculpture that includes the titles of many of the artist's most famous songs. The simple inscription on his grave reads: "La vida no vale nada, José Alfredo Jiménez, 1926-1973" (English translation: "Life is not worth living (The title of one of his most famous songs), José Alfredo Jiménez, 1926-1973")
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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