21 Facts About “El Rey” Chente Fernandez That Will Make You Love Him Even More

After dead legends like Pedro Infante and José Alfredo Jiménez, Vicente Fernández rules supreme in the ranchera music. He has retired from the stage but will continue working in the music industry. His powerful voice and imposing screen and stage presence have made him an icon of Mexican masculinity and Latino identity not only in his native Mexico but also in the rest of Latin America and Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. In his official website, we can read the following regarding his legacy: “As a pioneer, Vicente Fernández is to Mexican music what Hank Williams is to country music, B.B. King is to blues and Woody Guthrie is to folk.” We couldn’t agree more! He is also an advocate for Latino rights and even breaks bread with political personalities such as former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.

Here are some facts you have to know about this mariachi king, who retired in 2013 but will always live in us through his numerous recordings and the countless memories he left for those who were lucky enough to see him live.

All Hail Chente!

1. He was born in 1940 in Huentitan El Alto, near Guadalajara in Jalisco

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His father Ramón owned a ranch outside of Guadalajara and young Vicente spent his childhood in a rural environment. He fell in love with nature and with horses, one of this greatest passions. His love for the land is evident in his heartfelt lyrics. In his raspy but educated voice, we can almost taste the tequila, tortillas, and herbs, and feel the harsh Jalisco sun on our face.

2. He is a Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara fan

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As a good tapatío, Chente roots for Las Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara, one of the biggest soccer teams in Mexico. The rivalry that this team has with the Aguilas del América is legendary.

3. He just adores horses

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Chente often shares photos of his equine friends on Instagram. He owns all sorts of breeds and chooses them personally.

4. He is a proud great-grandfather

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In his core, Chente is far from the macho image that he has built throughout his music and film career. He is now a great-grandfather and a proud one. Just look at this candid moment: melts our corazones in the best possible way. He has four children, including the famous Potrillo, Alejandro.

5. He wanted to be like Pedro Infante

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But of course. When he was just ab 8-year-old he told his mamacita chula that he wanted to be like Infante, to appear and movies and sing mariachi music. He certainly fulfilled his dream. He began playing guitar when he was only eight.

6. He built his early career by winning singing contests

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Young Chente entered music contests in nearby towns…. and the rest is history. Sort of sounds like the plot from our beloved movie Coco, doesn’t it?

7. He has been with the same label throughout his whole career

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He is a loyal man:  he released his first recording, “Perdóname”, with Discos CBS in 1966. The label is now Sony Music Latin and he keeps working with them. Lealtad ante todo! 

8. His son Alejandro is a music legend in his own right

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Even if his career has not been short of dreadful alcohol-infused scandals, Alejandro, better known as El Potrillo, is a proud carrier of his father’s name and has built an impressive music career of his own, making mariachi music mainstream in the much coveted Mexico City market.

9. He recorded over 50 albums!

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In his 35-year career, Chente recorded over 50 albums! Talk about being prolific.

10. His father died just as he was going to go on stage

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The stuff that legends are made of. in 1970 Chente found out his father had passed just before he was about to step on the stage. He sang while holding the tears back. What a legend.

11. In 1990 he released Vicente Fernandez y las clásicas de José Alfredo Jiménez, the best album ever for an afterparty

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Chente offered a tribute to the old master with this amazing album that is just fantastic for a fiesta… picture yourself at 4 a.m. having a last chela and crying to your favorite heartbreaking tunes.

12. He has won 3 Grammys

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Not bad for a little boy who once dreamt of becoming a famous mariachi. He has received a total of 13 nominations, which sort of makes him the Meryl Streep of ranchera music.

13. He is a vocal Trump critic

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In one of his last concerts, Chente said that if he ever met him, he would spit on Trump’s face. He is really vocal about his support for Mexican migrants.

14. His favorite drink is…

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No, not tequila! Chente loves aguas frescas and his staff is always ready with jamaica, tamarindo or horchata with plenty of ice.

15. He is a Frank Sinatra fan

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Yes, besides loving the Mexican mariachis of the golden age, he is fascinated by Sinatra’s voice range and the way he moved on stage. We can certainly see some if Blue Eyes in the way that Chente connects with the audience. This is what The Houston Chronicle once said about him: “Vicente Fernández is the (Frank) Sinatra of ranchera music. He’s the supreme singer; the man who does things his way.”

16. This is what he looks like without his iconic mustache 

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We are so used to see him with his bigote ranchero that we couldn’t resist publishing this super rare photo. Kinda looks like El No Hay, doesn’t he?

17. He married the love of his life in 1963

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Maria del Refugio “Cuca” Abarca Villasenor is her name, and they have been together through good times and bad times for many, many years. Chente often posts pictures of the older happy couple on his Insta.

18. He was BFF with Juanga

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Talk about a dream friendship. Chente was heartbroken when Juanga died. He posted this amazing pic one year after the great Juan Gabriel passed away and broke our Latino hearts.

19. Social media is his guilty pleasure

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Despite his advanced age, Don Chente is an avid user of social media. Perhaps he finds in social media the level of connection with his fans that any celebrity must strive for.

20. There are often false rumors about his presumed death… give the man a break!

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Chente is always quick to come out and dismiss the rumors. If he died, our abuelitas would be in mourning and there would be no question.

21. His dad died the same year that El Potrillo was born: 1970-1971

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When life takes, life gives. Chente’s dad died on the same year that one of his sons, the world famous Potrillo was born.

Twitter Has Canceled Vicente Fernandez After He Rejected A Liver Transplant For Fear Of Getting A Gay Liver


Twitter Has Canceled Vicente Fernandez After He Rejected A Liver Transplant For Fear Of Getting A Gay Liver

So Mexican nortena singer Vicente Fernandez is a musical legend. He’s so big in fact that he’s simply referred to as El Rey by millions of Mexicans who have adored him for generations.

Despite several health scares and a supposed farewell tour that started in 2012, the singer is a staple at fiestas, bars, and even quinceañeras. Our abuelos probably still have his records.

He also continues to make headlines. But this time not for his musical talent.

In an interview with “De Primera Mano”, El Rey discussed his recent cancer scare. Doctors suggested the 79-year-old singer undergo a liver transplant to hopefully remove the cancer.

Instead, Vicente (a.k.a. Chente) decided to ignore medical experts. Why?

He didn’t want the liver of a homosexual.

In the interview, Fernandez says that after doctors told him they already had the liver of a matching donor he told them: “I’m not going to sleep with my wife with the liver of another guy. I don’t know if he was a homosexual or a drug addict.”

The singer then said he left the hospital, even though everything was ready for the transplant.

People on Twitter have immediately called him out for this blatant homophobia.

It is literally one of the dumbest ideas, tbh. If someone is willing to give you an organ to keep you alive, you should take it. There are so many people who would appreciate the gift of life that a transplant can give.

Others have called him out for his complete ignorance.

He didn’t just say no because he thought they were gay. Fernandez also said he was concerned that the person might be a drug addict. So, basically, Fernandez thinks being a drug addict is the same as being a gay person so…

Some depicted the potential side effects that Vicente Fernandez was worried about.

He wishes he would look that good after his liver transplant. His career would hit a whole other level and the fans would come flocking.

Like really though? You rather risk your own death?

He was willing to die to avoid the chance of getting a transplant from a gay person. Isn’t that what we call Darwinism? Like, only the fittest survive.

Many have been so shocked by his comments they’re comparing him to the villain from Disney’s “Coco.”

How dare they compare the two? Obviously, Ernesto de la Cruz is a much better person because he never distanced himself from the LGBTQ+ community.

Some were shocked to discover that the gay is located in the liver.

He is out here exposing all of the secrets. The gay gene is clearly found in the liver and that’s why Fernandez is too afraid to accept just any old random liver.

And although we’re glad he’s beat the cancer, one Twitter user succinctly summed up what we’re all now thinking:

Your career was cute but your homophobia is just trash. Thank you for the music but it is time for you to retire your too-tight charro outfit and live your life on the ranch.

Read: Young Regional Mexican Star Gerardo Ortiz Just Outdid The OG, Vicente Fernandez

21 Chente Lyrics That Will Make Even The Most Cold-Hearted Person Cry


21 Chente Lyrics That Will Make Even The Most Cold-Hearted Person Cry

Throughout his multiple records, Chente created a mystical land full of tequila, mariachis, machismo and long lost love. Some of his lyrics are pretty kitschy but in a good way! He was able to establish an emotional rapport with millions of followers, many of which are Mexican migrants in the United States that have a nostalgic relationship with their home country.

Here’s 21 Chente lyrics (some of which are originally from the great José Alfredo Jiménez), that will make even the most macho person echar una lagrimita.


1. “Es mi niña bonita con su carita de rosa
Es mi niña bonita cada día mas preciosa
Es mi niña bonita echa de nardo y clavel
Es mi niña bonita es mi niña bonita
Cuanto la llego a querer” From “Mi Niña bonita”

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This is a tender song about a girl who could be sung to a love interest or even to one’s sweet daughter. It is a bit uncanny to hear such tenderness coming from such a tough hombre.

2. “Por darle rienda suelta a mis antojos
Por no tener conciencia de la misma
Por eso ayer hice llorar sus ojos” From “La Derrota”

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Oh man…. here Chente regrets having let his desires rule his life, perhaps booze and being unfaithful. He knows he lost his love because of his mischievous ways…

3. “Tengo el alma de bohemio y mexicano
Vagabundo y trovador
Para todos mi amistad llevo en la mano
Soy así de corazón” From “Como México No Hay Dos”

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An ode to being Mexican… and always being friendly even if life throws curveballs at you.

4. “La barca en que me iré
lleva una cruz de olvido
lleva una cruz de amor
y en esa cruz sin ti
me moriré de astío” From “Cruz de Olvido”

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A very powerful song about how one’s old loves are just forgotten and disappear into thin air as life goes by.

5. “Estos celos me hacen daño me enloquecen
Jamás aprenderé a vivir sin ti
Lo peor es que muy tarde comprendí sí si
Contigo tenia todo y lo perdí
Contigo tenia todo y lo perdí” From “Estos Celos”

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Oh man… more than one macho celoso will cry of self-pity after listening to this song about the consuming damage of jealousy.

6. “Vale más un buen amor, que mil costales de oro
Vale más un buen amor, por eso eres mi tesoro” From “Para

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A very romantic song, ideal for a wedding anniversary: love is more valuable than gold. Carajo, otra maestro! 

7. “Te di todo de mi te di mis sueños
Yo siempre fui tu dios tu único dueño
Me diste tanto amor en esos años
Juramos ser amantes para siempre” From “Ahora Resulta”

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A tune about the pain caused by the unfulfilled promise of eternal love. Sometimes forever is not really para siempre.

8. “Tu sabes que soy parejo
Ya te lo dije una vez
Si yo no te causo penas
No quiero que me las des” From “Alma de Acero”

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This dude is kind of a pendejo: don’t mess with me and I don’t mess with you, he sings. Many machos will find themselves identified and cry for past mistakes.

9. “Hoy vives sufriendo nomas por mi culpa,
perdona lo injusto que fui sin querer,
creyendo que sólo con mucho cariño,
podría darte todo, maldita mi fe!” From “Anillo de Compromiso”

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Pain, dolor, ay dolor. A song about a guy who finally acknowledges the pain that he has caused for being a douche.

10. “Perdido en el vicio hundido
dolido del corazón
viviendo de una limosna
durmiendo en cualquier rincón
perdido por un dolido
nomas tomando licor” From “Borracho Sin Cantina”

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Anyone who has woken up with a cruda moral for drinking too much the night before will feel identified. The song is a bit troubling, however, as it takes drinking problems a bit too lightly.

11. “Como paloma que vaga errante
Sin rumbo fijo ni dirección
Navego y cruzo los ríos y mares
Sin paz ni abrigo, ni protección” From “Como Paloma Errante”

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A song about the fact that we are born alone and remain alone and will probably die solos como perros callejeros….

12. “Perdóname… Si te he ofendido
Perdóname… Ten compasión” From “Amor de los dos”

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A song that makes us imagine a mariachi kneeling and BEGGING for forgiveness in front of his puchunguita.

13. “conocí a tu esposo mientras caminaba
por el parquecito por que aquellas veces caminamos tanto” From “Conocí a tu esposo”

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Perhaps the most painful of the lot…. the author meets his old love’s current husband… precisely at the park where they used to promenade hand in hand.

14. “Por eso yo me alejo
no quiero ser tu estorbo”

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Super dramatic… a guy who basically says he doesn’t want to be a roadblock in the girl’s life anymore…. ouch.

15. “La única estrella que tiene mi cielo
se esta nublando
La nube negra de mi desgracia
Poquito a poco le va tapando” From “La Unica Estrella”

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A beautiful metaphor of how bad luck chases you like a dark, gloomy cloud….. there is no escape.

16. “Nadie sabe cuanto tiempo
Traía cargando amarguras
Como recuerdo a mi viejo
Y sus tantas aventuras” From “El Señor de las Canas”

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A song that anyone that has lost a father or abuelito will feel close too. Tears will flow as Chente describes cotton head viejos and wrinkles that only wisdom and the implacable passage of years can give.

17. “si me quieres
te regalo el mundo entero
si me olvidas
que me lleve la tristeza” From “Ponle Precio”

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Another dolorosa song about forgetting…. if the loved one forgets him then sadness will cover him like a cold blanket from hell.

18. “Con mi dolor
Causando pena voy rodando por ahí
No hay una frase de cariño para mí
Todos me miran con desprecio y con rencor” From “Urge”

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Basically a song about a dude that everyone hates… there must be a reason.

19. “Acá entre Nos, quiero que sepas la verdad
No te he dejado de adorar, allá en mi triste soledad” From “Acá Entre Nos”

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The ultimate confession: the guy still loves his ex. He stills adores her, there in the dark corner of his solitude.

20. “De pronto como un loco muerto
Tu boca que viviendo cuerdo no podría besar
Y ansioso por tener tus besos” From “Demente”

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Lovesickness and madness go hand in hand and Chente knows it!

21. “Chapala
eres paisajes para las almas enamoradas
enjambres de charalitos
pescados hoy en la madrugada” From “Chapala”

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A nostalgic and sad song about the huge place in the heart that anyone’s hometown has, particularly if one is far away.

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