Álvaro Carrillo

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Álvaro Carrillo
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Background information
Born (1921-12-02)December 2, 1921
San Juan Cacahuatepec, Oaxaca
Died April 3, 1969(1969-04-03) (aged 47)
Genres Bolero
Occupations Composer
Years active 1940–1969

Álvaro Carrillo Alarcón was a Mexican popular music composer and songwriter, born in San Juan Cacahuatepec, Oaxaca, on 2 December 1921, who died in a car accident on 3 April 1969. He wrote over 300 songs, mostly boleros (a Mexican-style rhythmic ballad), including the great hits Amor mío, Sabor a mí, Como se lleva un lunar, El andariego, Luz de luna, Sabrá Dios, Seguiré mi viaje and La mentira.[1]

In 1940, he joined the National Agricultural School in Chapingo and composed his first songs as a student. In 1945, he graduated in Agricultural Engineering. He worked in the Corn Commission, but left engineering to become a composer.[1]

He became a friend of Antonio Pérez Mesa of the Trío Los Duendes and gave him the song Amor which rapidly became popular. Yoshiro Hiroishi, a famous Japanese singer, recorded his bolero Sabor a mí (The Taste of Me), which became a worldwide hit.

Mexican romantic pop, ballad and bolero singer Luis Miguel recorded his bolero La Mentira (The Lie) in his massive hit platinum album Romance, released in 1990 by WEA. He later included Carrillo's song Sabor a mí in another of his grand hit platinum albums, Romances, released in 1997 also by WEA.

Most Mexican musicians and singers know many of the songs from the Alvaro Carrillo songbook by heart. Some interpreters of his songs include: Javier Solis, Pepe Jara, Trio Los Santos, and Linda Arce.[2] Álvaro Carrillo's life inspired the film Sabor a mí, played by Mexican star singer José José and directed by René Cardona.[3]


  1. ^ a b Jaime López Jiménez. "ALVARO CARRILLO". CITY OF SAN JUAN CACAHUATEPEC, OAXACA. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Alvaro Carrillo". Oaxaca Mio. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  3. ^ Sabor a mí (1988) at the Internet Movie Database

External links[edit]

  • "Videos". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-07.