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Lupillo Rivera Biography

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Birth Place: Long Beach, CA.
Years Active: 1992-present
Genres: Latin

Guadalupe Rivera (born January 30, 1972 in La Barca, Jalisco, is an Mexican regional singer.

As a youngster, Lupillo, his sister Jenni Rivera and the rest of the Rivera family moved to Long Beach California, where Lupillo graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1990.

Rivera wanted to be a restaurant owner. His father Pedro Rivera, however, was a recording label/studio owner(Cintas Acuario) . Wanting to give his son a hands-on business experience, Mr. Rivera hired his son Lupillo to work at the studio when a contracted singer failed to show up for a recording session.

Lupillo was given the task of looking for local talent at bars, with the idea that some of that talent could be signed by his father's company.

Lupillo's uncle was a semi-famous professional boxer, known as ''El Toro Rivera'' to Mexican boxing fans. In 1990, Lupillo discovered that he could sing, and he began performing under the nickname of "El Toro del Corrido" ("The corrido's bull (r)"), as a homage to his uncle.

By 1993, Lupillo began to sing using his own name[Lupillo]. By then, he had already signed with Sony Discos.

His star began to rise meteorically at that point. In 2001, he was awarded a Premios lo Nuestro.

In Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, while he was driving to a concert location, his SUV flipped over. He required hospitalization. Months later, Adán Sánchez, a years-long friend who had grown to admire and become like a little brother to Lupillo, died at the age of nineteen in another car accident, leaving Lupillo Rivera devastated.

In 2004, a Marine who died in Iraq had requested for Lupillo to sing at his funeral should he die, and Lupillo complied with the request, leaving one of his famous ''sombreros'' on the Marine's burial casket during the funeral.

On December 11, 2006, after leaving a restaurant around 1 am in , his SUV was shot 7 times. It is not known if the shooting was an attempted murder, kidnapping or just robbery.

Lupillo's brother Pedro Rivera Jr. is a Spanish Christian singer and ordained pastor of the Southern Baptist Church.the name of the church is Primer Amor located in Whittier, CA. it is a Spanish speaking service.

On August 8, 2008 he had a son.