Chavela Vargas was one of the founders of the modern Chicano music movement. Friends with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Vargas was known for her soulful ranchera music that set the template for the subsequent ranchera singers of the 21st century. Vargas even sang at one of Elizabeth Taylor’s weddings!
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Vargas made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, at the age of 83, after nearly 40 years of a career that earned her the admiration of prince & princesses, Presidents & gentries, the Hollywood elite and the common man. She died in Mexico on August 5, 2012, at the age of 92.
Her life was celebrated at Carnegie Hall by Ely Guerra, Tania Libertad, and Eugenia Leon. Check out the photos below.