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Antonio Aguilar Biography

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Born: 1919/05/17
Genres: Latin

Pascual Antonio Aguilar Barraza (May 17, 1919 – June 19, 2007), most commonly known as Antonio Aguilar, also called "El Charro de México" was a Mexican film actor, singer, producer and screenwriter. During his career, he made over 150 albums, which sold 25 million copies, and made 167 movies.

Aguilar was born in the small town of Villanueva in the state of Zacatecas. He spent his early childhood in a hacienda first built in 1596 in the town of Tayahua, about 35 km from Villanueva. Aguilar's family acquired this property in the early 19th century. Aguilar began his recording career in 1950, eventually making over 150 albums and selling more than 25 million records.

He was known for his corridos with some of his best known songs including "Gabino Barrera," "Caballo Prieto Azabache," "Albur de Amor," and "Un Puño De Tierra.” Antonio was also largely responsible for the renewed popularity of the tambora music in the mid-1980s, when he resuscitated the genre with the hit "Triste Recuerdo."

To date he has been the only Hispanic artist to sell out Madison Square Garden of New York City for six consecutive nights on 1997.