Friday, January 13, 2017

My Usual State of Being: Juan Gabriel and "No Tengo Dinero"

Juan Gabriel, a Mexican singer-songwriter performs the random tune for today, called No Tengo Dinero. Juan Gabriel is the stage name of Alberto Aguilera Valadez, who was also known as Juanga and El Divo de Juárez. He is one of Latin America's biggest selling songwriters, and he holds the distinction of having the best-selling album of all time in Mexico. He wrote about 1800 songs during his prolific career, and in 2015 he was named by Billboard as one of the 30 most influential Latin artists of all time, and he is a member of the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame, the International Latin Music Hall of Fame, and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, among his many other awards and honors. He also devoted 10-12 concerts per year to charity work, usually for orphans and underserved children. Gabriel passed away in August of 2016 at the age of 66. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto called him one of Mexico's greatest musical icons upon hearing of his passing, and President Barack Obama said that his music transcended borders and generations. No Tengo Dinero can be found on many albums...we got it from the 2014 album Mis Número 1...40 Aniversario.