Cornelio Reyna

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Conelio Reyna
Birth name Cornelio Reyna
Born (1940-09-15)September 15, 1940
Died January 22, 1997(1997-01-22) (aged 56)
Occupations singer
Instruments Bajo sexto
Years active 1963–1997
Associated acts Los Relampagos del Norte
Ramón Ayala

Cornelio Reyna (September 15, 1940 - January 22, 1997) was a Mexican norteño singer.

Cornelio Reyna formed a partnership with the legendary Ramón Ayala to create the famous duet called Los Relampagos del Norte in 1963. The band stayed together for eight years and then in 1971, Reyna decided to pursue a solo career as a mariachi singer. His mariachi career was not as successful as music experts expected. He was unable to compete and gain a spot alongside charismatic mariachi giants Vicente Fernandez and Antonio Aguilar.

Reyna played for 26 more years before dying in 1997 of a stomach ulcer.

Reyna played the bajo sexto and was the lead singer. Famous songs include "El Tenampa," "Mi Tesoro," "Me Cai De La Nube", and "Te Vas Angel Mio".

Although Cornelio Reyna died at a young age he was able to produce many hits that will last forever. All this success, would begin with Los Relampagos del Norte in 1963 with the hit song Ya no Llores, the song became such a hit that Ramon Ayala included it in his latest cd also titled Ya no Llores. He was married to Mercedes Castro, also a singer of mariachi music. She is currently singing alongside Amparo Higuera, the last remaining singer of Dueto Las Jilguerillas. Imelda Higuera died in 2004. Their latest release is Dos Botellas de Mezcal.

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