Canciones de Mi Padre

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Canciones De Mi Padre
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released November 24, 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Mariachi, Ranchera, Latin, Mexican
Length 42:57
Label Asylum/WEA
Producer Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
For Sentimental Reasons
Canciones De Mi Padre
Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Canciones De Mi Padre (Spanish for "Songs of My Father", or "My Father's Songs") is American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt's first album of Mexican traditional Mariachi music.


The album was released in late 1987 and immediately became a global smash hit. At 2 1/2 million US sales, it stands as the biggest selling non-English language album in American record history. This album has been RIAA certified Double-Platinum (for over 2 million US copies sold) and also won Ronstadt the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album at the 31st Grammy Awards.

These canciones were a big part of Ronstadt's family tradition and musical roots. The title Canciones De Mi Padre refers to a booklet that the University of Arizona published in 1946 by Ronstadt's deceased aunt, Luisa Espinel who had been an international singer in the 1920s.[3] The songs come from Sonora and Ronstadt included her favorites on the album. Also, Ronstadt has credited the late Mexican singer Lola Beltrán as an influence in her own singing style, and she recalls how a frequent guest to the Ronstadt home, Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero, father of Chicano music, would often serenade her as child with these songs.[4]

In the accompanying printed material, each song's Spanish lyrics were paired with an English translation and a discussion of the song's background or its significance for Ronstadt (omitted on the CD). Rubén Fuentes served as musical director/bandleader. Follow-up albums include Mas Canciones, Frenesí, and the Rhino Records compilation Mi Jardin Azul: Las Canciones Favoritas, which collects songs from the previous three Spanish-language albums.

As of 2012, Canciones De Mi Padre had sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Por Un Amor" (Gilberto Parra) – 2:56
  2. "Los Laureles" (José López) – 2:25
  3. "Hay Unos Ojos" (Rubén Fuentes) – 2:45
  4. "La Cigarra" (Ray Pérez y Soto) – 3:45
  5. "Tú Sólo Tú" (Felipe Valdez Leal) – 3:09
  6. "Y Ándale" (Minerva Elizondo) – 2:32
  7. "Rogaciano El Huapanguero" (Valeriano Trejo) – 3:00
  8. "La Charreada" (Felipe Bermejo) – 3:49
  9. "Dos Arbolitos" (Chucho Martínez Gil) – 2:34
  10. "Corrido De Cananea" (Rubén Fuentes) – 3:24
  11. "La Barca De Guaymas" (Rubén Fuentes) – 3:25
  12. "La Calandria" (Nicandro Castillo) – 3:00
  13. "El Sol Que Tú Eres" (Daniel Valdez) – 2:57



  • Linda Ronstadt – vocals
  • Michael J. Ronstadt – vocals
  • Danny Valdez – vocals, guitar
  • Gilberto Puente – guitar
  • Samuel Gutierrez – guitar
  • Humberto Hernandez – guitar
  • Felipe Perez – violin
  • Antonio Ramos – violin
  • Salvador Torres – violin
  • Steve Fowler – flute
  • Ron Kalina – harmonica
  • Juan Gudiño - Trumpet
  • Ignacio N Gomez – Trumpet
  • Jim Self – tuba
  • Larry Bunker – percussion
  • Pedro Rey - Vocals w/Linda Ronstadt
  • Pedro Rey Jr. - Vocals


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Canciones de Mi Padre at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Tucson'sRonstadtFamily". The Arizona Library. Retrieved May 30, 2007. 
  4. ^ "AARP Segunda Juventud Online". Linda Ronstadt, The music legend opens up to AARP Segunda Juventud Online,By Anita Mabante Leach, August 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ Linda Ronstadt Album and CD Releases 1983 - 1990. Retrieved 2012-07-11.