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Pedro Infante (left) and Jorge Negrete
Pedro Infante (left) and Jorge Negrete

José Pedro Infante Cruz (November 18, 1917 - April 18, 1957), better known as Pedro Infante, is perhaps the most famous actor and singer of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and idol of the Mexican people, together with Jorge Negrete or Javier Solís. He was born on November 18, 1917 at Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. He was raised as a child in Guamúchil. He died on April 15, 1957 at Mérida, Yucatán, during a flight that he piloted himself to Mexico City. Image File history File links PedroInfante. ... Image File history File links PedroInfante. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno (November 30, 1911 - December 5, 1953) was a Mexican singer and movie star. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Mazatlán [masaˈtlan] is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa; the surrounding municipio (municipality) for which the city serves as the municipal seat is also called Mazatlán. ... Sinaloa is a state in northwestern Mexico. ... Guamúchil, Sinaloa, is a city in northern Mexico 100 km north of Culiacán. ... April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Cathedral on the Plaza Mayor, the oldest in North America [1]. Mérida is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatán. ... Yucatán is the name of one of the 31 states of Mexico, located on the north of the Yucatán Peninsula. ... Nickname: Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Mexico Federal entity Federal District Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded (as Tenochtitlan) c. ...


Starting in 1939 he appeared in more than 60 films, and since 1943 he recorded about 350 songs. Thanks to his performance in the movie "Tizoc", he was awarded the Silver Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival for Best Actor and the Golden Globe at Hollywood, for the Best Actor in a Leading Role, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at Hollywood. Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Boudicca sacks London (approximate date). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... One of the A festivals in Europe. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Childhood and Early Career

Son of Delfino Infante García, who played the double bass in a band, and Refugio Cruz Aranda. Pedro was the third of fifteen brothers, of which only nine survived. Although the Infante Cruz family stayed for some time at Mazatlán, in the early 1919 they moved to Guasave. Later in 1920, they moved to Rosario, Sinaloa. Guasave is a municipality in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. ... Rosario is also a city in Argentina. ... Sinaloa is a state in northwestern Mexico. ...


From adolescence, Pedro showed talent and affection for music. He managed to dominate strings, wind, and percussion instruments in a short time. He took guitar classes with Carlos R. Hubbard. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Pedro Infante's wife, María Luisa León, who was somewhat well-off economically, convinced him to move to Mexico City where they could find opportunities for the talented young man. Nickname: Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Mexico Federal entity Federal District Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded (as Tenochtitlan) c. ...


Already in Mexico City, he sang songs of composers including Alberto Cervantes (Alberto Raúl Cervantes González [1]), José Alfredo Jiménez, Cuco Sánchez, Tomás Méndez, Rubén Fuentes, Salvador Flores Rivera (Chava Flores) and others. His first musical recording El Soldado Raso (The Soldier) was made on November 19, 1943, for the Peerless Company. Infante first appeared as an extra in the movie En un Burro Tres Baturros (In a donkey three Aragonese [men]). His career as an actor in leading roles started with La Feria de Las Flores (The party of the flowers) in 1943. A composer is a person who writes music. ... José Alfredo Jiménez (born January 9, 1926 in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, died November 23, 1973 in Mexico City, Mexico) was a Mexican singer-songwriter in the ranchera style. ... Tomás Méndez (born as Tomás Méndez Sosa) was a talented Mexican composer and singer of Mexican music and ranchera music. ... Rubén Fuentes is a classical violinist and composer, who is best known for his contributions to mariachi music. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peerless Motor Company factory, circa 1910s Peerless emblem Peerless Model 56 7-Passenger Touring 1917 Frank Hersheys aluminum bodied Peerless, designed while he was employed by Murphy Body Works. ...


In that same year, a friend and neighbor of Pedro's wife, Carmen Barajas Sandoval, offered to introduce them to Jorge Negrete, a singer that Pedro admired. Carmen, who knew people in the business because she was the aunt of the child actress Angélica María, worked then as secretary at the Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Producción Cinematográfica, S.T.P.C. (Workers of the Cinematographic Production Union). She succeeded in her purposes and Negrete recommended Pedro to Ismael Rodríguez, among other producers. From that moment on he was invited to act in different movies, such as Vuelve el Ametralladora (The Machine Gun Returns) Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno (November 30, 1911 - December 5, 1953) was a Mexican singer and movie star. ... Angélica María (born Angélica María Ortiz Hartman September 27, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American-born Mexican actress, singer and songwriter. ...


While married to María Luisa León, he met the dancer Lupita Torrentera, with whom he had three children, Graciela Margarita, Pedro Infante Jr. and Guadalupe Infante Torrentera, born in 1947, 1950 and 1951, respectively. Irma Infante was born from his relationship with the young actress Irma Dorantes, whom he met when she was only 16 years old. Irma Infante has had a relatively solid career as an actress and singer.


Actor

His natural talent for acting was made evident in movies like

  • From the forties onward, massive migration from the countryside to the cities (basically to Mexico City) fed the required labor force for rising manufacturing industries. This urbanization created the "working neighborhoods" and the culture of "la vecindad" (group of small apartments around a common patio), which found in Pedro Infante an identifiable icon for them, the new urban working class, with his character Pepe el Toro (Pepe the Bull) in the melodramatic trilogy made up of Nosotros los Pobres, Ustedes los Ricos, and Pepe el Toro (We the Poor, You the Rich, and Pepe the Bull). If that same urbanizing population had the nostalgia for the rural life, and with it the popularity of ranchera music and the idealized charro, it was not until he played the poor carpenter with a strong chilango accent that Pedro Infante achieved a status, at least in Mexico, at the same level of celebrity such as Cantinflas, the Soler Brothers and even Jorge Negrete and María Félix. Despite that, he kept on playing the role of the charro and even the "northern [Mexican] ranchero" (maybe his more authentic character) in Ahí viene Martín Corona (Here comes Martín Corona) in 1951 and Los Hijos de María Morales (The Sons of María Morales) in 1952. When Jorge Negrete dies in 1953, Pedro was no longer in the shadow of the international idol, even though Pedro was very affected by the disappearance of his idol. During his burial service some saw him slightly inebriated, a rare sight given that Pedro was not a drinker.
  • He worked together with Sara García in many movies for Mexican cinema.
  • One of his better characterizations was that of Juventino Rosas in the movie "Sobre las Olas" ("Over the Waves"), with an argument based on the life of the well-known Mexican waltz. Pedro's natural musical abilities contributed to make him get in character.
  • An important point in his career as actor was winning the Ariel Award given by the Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences for Best Actor for his role in La Vida No Vale Nada (Life is Worth Nothing).

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Musical Interpretations

Waltz, chachacha, Mexican, ranchera and even bolero songs, made him the most popular among the singers of the mariachi and ranchera music. It was him who popularized the bolero ranchero. A waltz (German: , Italian: , French: , Spanish: , Catalan: ) is a ballroom and folk dance in   time, done primarily in closed position. ... The cha-cha-cha (in Spanish cha-cha-chá) is a Latin American dance. ... The ranchera is a genre of the traditional music of Mexico. ... The bolero is a type of dance and musical form. ... Mariachi is a type of musical group, originally from Mexico. ... The ranchera is a genre of the traditional music of Mexico. ...


Some of mis most popular songs include: Amorcito Corazón (approximately My Little Love and Heart), "Te Quiero Así" (I Want You Like This), La Que Se Fue (The One Who's Gone), Corazón (Heart), El Durazno (The Peach), Dulce Patria (Sweet Fatherland), Maldita Sea Mi Suerte (Cursed Be My Luck), Así Es La vida (Life Is Like This), Mañana Rosalía (Tomorrow Rosalía), Mi Cariñito (My Little Darling), Dicen Que Soy Mujeriego (They Say I Am A Womanizer), Carta a Eufemia (Letter to Eufemia), Nocturnal, Cien Años (Hundred Years), Flor Sin Retoño (Flower Without Sprout), Pénjamo, and ¿Qué Te Ha Dado Esa Mujer? (What Has That Woman Give You?).


The world famous song Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me A Lot), from the composer Consuelo Velázquez, was the only melody that he recorded in English and he interpreted it in the movie A Toda Máquina (ATM) (At Full Speed), with Luis Aguilar. Bésame Mucho is a Mexican song written in 1940 by Consuelo Velázquez before her sixteenth birthday. ... Consuelo Velázquez Consuelo Velázquez (1916?-January 22, 2005), was a Mexican songwriter. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


"Amorcito Corazón" from Manuel Esperón is one of the most famous interpretations of Pedro.


Infante was very often accompanied by the great musical ensembles of the time like the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Noé Fajardo's Orchestra, the Trío Calaveras and Antonio Bribiesca, among others. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is a Mariachi group that was founded in Mexico by Don Gaspar Vargas in 1897. ... The Trío Calaveras are a Mexican guitar and vocal trio, notable for their performances and recordings with pop singer Jorge Negrete. ...


By then, Pedro Infante had already created his characteristic mariachi shout.


Death and Homages

Pedro was a fanatic of aviation, a hobby that would lead to his death. He was piloting a Consolidated Aircraft X B-24-D (a variant of the B-24 Liberator), which crashed 5 minutes after take-off from Mérida, Yucatán, in southeast Mexico. Aviation refers to flying using aircraft, machines designed by humans for atmospheric flight. ... The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber that was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft during World War II and still holds the record as the most produced allied aircraft. ... Cathedral on the Plaza Mayor, the oldest in North America [1]. Mérida is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatán. ... Yucatán is the name of one of the 31 states of Mexico, located on the north of the Yucatán Peninsula. ...


Year after year Pedro Infante attracts a great number of fans of every age to his shrine in the Panteón Jardín of Mexico City, as well as the one at 54th through 87th streets in the center of Mérida. Pedro Infante died among friends, mechanic Marciano Bautista, and copilot Manuel Vidal. Many friends, family and fans still dress up as the characters that he played in film: Pedro Chávez, Pepe el Toro, Tizoc and a number of personas incarnated from the Mexican culture that Infante symbolized. His fans honor him every year with a mass, honor guards, music and the songs made famous by the Idol of Guamúchil. Until now they have all been spontaneous, without any official authority or institution organizing them.[1]. Nickname: Location of Mexico City in central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Mexico Federal entity Federal District Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded (as Tenochtitlan) c. ...


Four statues have been erected in his honor. The one in Mexico City was made out of thousands of bronze keys donated by his fans to a Mexico City TV station after a request by TV director Raúl Velasco. For the statue in Mérida another TV presenter (Manuel Pelayo) made a request and received keys. The third statue is in his birthplace, Mazatlán, Sinaloa. At the Paseo de Olas Altas at Mazatlán there is a statue of Pedro Infante on a motorcycle, in honor of his role in the movie A Toda Maquina ("ATM") with Luis Aguilar, Rosita Arenas and Katy Jurado. The fourth statue is in the town square of Guamúchil, his adopted home town. Raúl Velasco was born on April 24, 1933 in Celaya, Guanajuato. ... Mazatlán [masaˈtlan] is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa; the surrounding municipio (municipality) for which the city serves as the municipal seat is also called Mazatlán. ... Katy Jurado (January 16, 1924 – July 5, 2002) was a Mexican actress. ...


Since the fatal plane crash, the anniversary of the death of Pedro Infante is celebrated at the Don Rubén Canto Sosa and Doña María Remigia García Suaste family estate. To this day, in Mérida, the son of this family, the lawyer Luis Canto García, continues with that commemoration.


The death of Pedro Infante on the morning of April 15, 1957 was announced by the radio personality Humberto Rodríguez, of radio station XEMH of Mérida, after one of the firefighters discovered the bracelet engraved with the name of "Pedro Infante", plus the winged ornament that symbolized the license of Pedro as Aviator. That was around 8:15 am; later, Manuel Bernal of Mexico City station XEW, gave the news at 11:12 thus: "This Monday April 15, 1957, Pedro, our beloved Pedro...this has been confirmed, has died. In a tragic accident in Mérida, Yucatán". April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... XEW is the callsign of the following broadcast stations in Mexico: XEW-TV, channel 2 XEW AM, 900 kHz XEW-FM, 96. ...


Social Phenomena

The Mexican idol died intestate, i.e. without a last will and testament, [2] so that the main beneficiaries of his legacy have been the producers of the extremely successful movies he starred, as well as the "Peerless" music company [3] (now associated with Warner Music), and thanks to the great incomes that Pedro Infante still generates, it has been they who have contributed greatly to promote and update him.


The Mexican press reported some cases of women committing suicide related to his death.[citation needed] Suicide (Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of intentionally taking ones own life. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


He represented not only the fun-loving and partying charro, but also the urban hero of the working class, and it was this character that won the love and admiration of the public in Mexico and other countries like Venezuela and Guatemala.[citation needed] In Mexico, charro is a term referring to a traditional cowboy of Mexico, originating in the State of Jalisco. ...


According to the producer Jorge Madrid y Campos, who was also his legal representative, Pedro Infante's fame greatly increased after his dying. The presence of so many admirers at his shrine at every anniversary of his death is remarkable, as are the musical tributes from singers of the ranchera and mariachi genres that pay homage to this character. The ranchera is a genre of the traditional music of Mexico. ... Mariachi is a type of musical group, originally from Mexico. ...


Some fanatics even speculate that his death was faked. They believe in the possibility that he is living "hidden" somewhere; there have also been cases of people that claim to be Infante themselves, being even reported as such in the Mexican press. This case is similar in a sense to other famous deceased celebrities, such as Elvis Presley or Jim Morrison with people claiming to be those characters. Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


The constant broadcasting of his movies on television, and the broadcasting of radio programs dedicated to his memory and music contribute to the popularity of Pedro Infante for several generations of Mexicans, and fans in other Spanish-speaking countries. Similar phenomena occur with other late actors, such as Germán Valdés Tin Tán or Mario Moreno Cantinflas. The radio program La Hora de Pedro Infante (The Hour of Pedro Infante) on the radio station La Más Perrona (Radio Sinfonola de NRM Comunicación, on AM1410) has had a run of 55 years on Mexican radio, with more than 20 thousand hours on the air. [2]. Germán Valdés (September 19, 1915 - June 29, 1973), better known as Tin-Tan, was a Mexican actor, singer and comedian who was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Ciudad Júarez, Chihuahua. ... Mario Moreno Reyes (August 12, 1911 – April 20, 1993) was a comedian of the Mexican theatre and film industry. ... Amplitude modulation (AM) is a technique used in electronic communication, most commonly for transmitting information via a radio carrier wave. ...


Filmography

  • El Organillero (The Organ Grinder) (1939)
  • En Un Burro Tres Baturros (In a Donkey Three Aragonese Men) (1939)
  • Puedes Irte De Mí (You Can Leave Me) (1940)
  • Jesusita En Chihuahua (Little Jesusa in Chihuahua) (1942)
  • La Razón De La Culpa (The Reason Of The Blame) (1942)
  • La Feria De Las Flores (The Fair of Flowers) (1942)
  • Arriba Las Mujeres (Up With The Women) (1943)
  • Cuando Habla El Corazón (When The Heart Speaks) (1943)
  • ¡Viva Mi Desgracia! (Long Live My Bad Luck!) (1943)
  • Mexicanos Al Grito De Guerra (Mexicans To The War Cry ) (1943)
  • Escándalo De Estrellas (Stars Scandal) (1944)
  • Cuando Lloran Los Valientes (When The Brave Cry) (1945)
  • Si Me Han De Matar Mañana (If They Shall Kill Me Tomorrow) (1946)
  • Los Tres García (The Three Garcías) (1946)
  • Vuelven Los García (The Garcías Return) (1946)
  • Soy Charro De Rancho Grande (I Am Charro Of Grande Ranch) (1947)
  • Nosotros Los Pobres (We The Poor) (1947)
  • La Barca De Oro (The Golden Boat) (1947)
  • Cartas Marcadas (Marked Cards) (1947)
  • Ustedes Los Ricos (You The Rich) (1948)
  • Dicen Que Soy Mujeriego (They Say I'm A Womanizer) (1948)
  • Los Tres Huastecos (The Three Huastecs) (1948)
  • Angelitos Negros (Little Black Angels) (1948)
  • No Desearás La Mujer De Tu Hijo (You Shall Not Covet Thy Son's Woman) (1949)
  • La Oveja Negra (The Black Sheep) (1949)
  • La Mujer Que Yo Perdí (The Woman That I Lost) (1949)
  • El Seminarista (The Seminarian) (1949)
  • Sobre Las Olas (Over The Waves) (1950)
  • El Gavilán Pollero (The Chicken Hunter Sparrowhawk) (1950)
  • Las Mujeres De Mi General (My General's Women) (1950)
  • También De Dolor Se Canta (Singing Also From Pain) (1950)
  • Islas Marías (1950)
  • A.T.M. A Toda Máquina! (At Full Speed) (1951)
  • ¡¿Qué Te Ha Dado Esa Mujer?! (What Has That Woman Given You?) (1951)
  • Ahí Viene Martín Corona (There Comes Marín Corona) (1951)
  • Necesito Dinero (I Need Money) (1951)
  • El Enamorado (The Lover) (1951)
  • Ahora Soy Rico (Now I Am Rich) (1952)
  • Dos Tipos De Cuidado (Two Guys To Be Afraid Of) (1952)
  • Por Ellas Aunque Mal Paguen (For Them Although They Pay Bad) (1952)
  • Un Rincón Cerca Del Cielo (A Place Near Heaven) (1952)
  • Ansiedad (Anxiety) (1952)
  • Sí, Mi Vida (Yes, My Dear) (1952)
  • Había Una Vez Un Marido (There Once Was A Husband) (1952)
  • Pepe El Toro (Pepe The Bull) (1952)
  • Los Hijos De María Morales (The Sons Of María Morales) (1952)
  • Gitana Tenías Que Ser (You Had To Be Gypsy) (1953)
  • Reportaje (News Article) (1953)
  • Cuidado Con El Amor (Beware With Love) (1954)
  • Los Gavilanes (The Sparrowhawks) (1954)
  • Pueblo, Canto Y Esperanza (People, Song And Hope) (1954)
  • La Vida No Vale Nada (Life's Worth Nothing) (1954)
  • Escuela De Vagabundos (School Of Vagabonds) (1954)
  • El Mil Amores (The Thousands Lover) (1954)
  • Escuela De Música (School Of Music) (1955)
  • La Tercera Palabra (The Third Word) (1955)
  • El Inocente (The Innocent) (1956)
  • Pablo Y Carolina (Pablo And Carolina) (1956)
  • Tizoc (1957)
  • Escuela De Rateros (School Of Thieves) (1957)

The Marías Islands (Spanish: Islas Marías) are a group of offshore islands that belong to Mexico. ...

Discography

The following sites contain a relation, allegedly complete, of all the recordings made by Pedro Infante, in 78 RPM discs and always with Discos Peerless.

Links

The links are all in Spanish:


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Lanzan al mercado canciones desconocidas de Pedro Infante. | terra (850 words)
Campos mencionó que desde 1997 lleva a cabo una revisión sobre todos los materiales grabados existentes de Pedro Infante, quien grabó su primer tema en 1945, "Guajirita", un danzón muy sabroso, y su última canción en diciembre de 1956, "La cama de piedra".
Es claro que, efectivamente, esa fue la última ocasión que Infante entró al estudio de grabación, porque a diferencia de los cantantes de ahora, él nunca cambió de compañía, siempre perteneció al elenco de Peerles, su casa durante muchísimos años.
Pedro Infante pisó los terrenos de la canción infantil, humorística, de los boleros, valses y boleros rancheros, prácticamente cantó todos los géneros y ellos están presentes en este álbum doble y así estarán en la discografía completa prometida para 2007.
Excerpt | Loving Pedro Infante: A Novel by Denise Chávez (1796 words)
Pedro Infante was an icon of Mexican popular culture, a onetime carpenter whose career in song and on screen propelled him to the heights of fame.
Pedro was born November 18, 1917, in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, and died in 1957 in a horrible plane crash in Mérida, Yucatán, when he was forty years old and at the height of his popularity.
Pedro was the type of man who took care of the women in his life, from Doña Refugio to María Luisa to all of his mistresses.
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