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3 Ballads of Murdered Mexican Revolutionaries: Aug. 1923 - Jan. 1935

by Canary Records



Revolutionary political and military leader Pancho Villa (b. June 5, 1878; d. July 20, 1923) was killed a month or less prior to the recording of track 1.

Revolutionary military leader and president of Mexico Álvaro Obregón (b. Feb. 19, 1880; d. July 17, 1928) was killed a month or less prior to the recording of tracks 3 & 4, composed by Guty Cardenas (b. 1905; d. 1932).

The ballad of the bandit and anti-authoritarian Benito Canales (b. ca. 1880; d. 1912) was published in print by 1920, first recorded in Los Angeles in 1923, and recorded many times subsequently.


released May 28, 2021

Recording locations and dates via Discography of American Historical Recordings, University of California Santa Barbara:
1 New York City, August 1923
2-3 New York City, August 1928
4 Chicago, January 29, 1935

Cover image by Jose Guadalupe Posada from a 1920 broadsheet of "Triste y Lamentable Corrido de Don Benito Canales," via DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Transfers and restoration by Ian Nagoski


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