Cuba’s legendary Orquesta Aragón offered a tribute by a group of Cuban singers to Mexican singer-song writer Agustín Lara in the Mexican capital’s main plaza, El Zocalo. The traditional Cuban band launched its most recent album, Solamente una vez, de Cuba a Lara at the public concert. Musicians as different as Kelvis Ochoa, David Torrens, and Carlos Varela, among others, were united by their enthusiasm for one popular musical genre, the bolero, and most specifically, the compositions of Mexico’s best-known bolero composer, whose work is widely appreciated in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain. By the time of his death in 1970, his fame had spread throughout the United States, Italy, and Japan.
Among his most famous songs are “Noche de Ronda,” “Piensa en mí,” “Amor de mis amores,” “Arráncame la vida,” “Farolito,” “Aventurera,” “Granada,” and “María bonita,” which have been performed by singers of all over the world for decades.
The homage to the “Flaco de Oro” (the Golden Thin Man), as he was known, was attended by his widow Yolanda Santa Cruz Casca.