Terlingua Dreams

Monday, August 29, 2016

Adios Juan Gabriel

The Latin community has lost one of its most prolific and popular singer-songwriters.  He was a Mexican icon, a mega super-star known world wide.  No small coincidence that the two major Spanish-speaking networks in the United States...,Telemundo, and Univision dropped their regular programming to cover his untimely death.

This afternoon President Obama gave his condolences to the country of Mexico and to his legions of fans.

Juan Gabriel 1950-2016
While a fan, I never expected that the news would hit me so hard.  I was in shock when I first heard of his passing and I am still incredulous.  He had a very hard life, yet in spite of that, he never allowed it to affect him.

Born Alberto Aguilera Valadez on January 7, 1950. he was better known by his artistic name Juan Gabriel. He died at his home in Santa Monica, California on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

It was one his songs that propelled singer Marc Anthony to stardom.  Marc gave a concert last night in New York where he broke down as he sang "Abrazame muy Fuerte" as a tribute to him. It was heart wrenching to watch, this is also my favorite song by Juan Gabriel.

Rest in Peace Juan Gabriel, you are finally united with your beloved mother.