Lupillo Rivera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rivera and the second or maternal family name is Saavedra.
Lupillo Rivera
Birth name Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra
Also known as El Toro
Born (1972-01-30) 30 January 1972 (age 43)
La Barca, Jalisco, Mexico[1]
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres Regional Mexican, Banda
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Labels Cintas Acuario, Sony Music Latin (Present)
Associated acts Jenni Rivera, Chiquis

Guadalupe Rivera Saavedra (born January 30, 1972) is a Mexican Grammy award winning recording Regional Mexican artist.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

As a youngster, Lupillo, and the rest of the Rivera family moved to Long Beach, California, where Lupillo graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1990.


Rivera wanted to be a restaurant owner. His father Pedro Rivera, however, was a recording label/studio owner (Cintas Acuario). Wanting to give his son a hands-on business experience, Mr. Rivera hired his son Lupillo to work at the studio when a contracted singer failed to show up for a recording session.

Lupillo was given the task of looking for local talent at bars, with the idea that some of that talent could be signed by his father's company.

When Lupillo first started singing he was called "El Torito" Lupillo Rivera. Later when becoming more famous he was known as "El Toro del Corrido".

Lupillo's uncle was a semi-famous professional boxer, known as El Toro Rivera to Mexican boxing fans. By 1999, Lupillo began to sing using his own name [Lupillo]. By then, he had already signed with Sony Discos. His star began to rise meteorically at that point. In 2001, he was awarded a Premios lo Nuestro.

Personal life[edit]

In Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, while he was driving to a concert location, his SUV overturned. He required hospitalization. Months later, Adán Sánchez, a years-long friend who had grown to admire and become like a little brother to Lupillo, died at the age of nineteen in another car accident, leaving Lupillo Rivera devastated.[citation needed]

In 2004, a Marine who died in Iraq had requested for Lupillo to sing at his funeral should he die, and Lupillo complied with the request, leaving one of his famous sombreros on the Marine's burial casket during the funeral.

On December 11, 2006, after leaving a restaurant around 1 am in Guadalajara, Jalisco, his SUV was shot seven times. It is not known if the shooting was an attempted murder or kidnapping or just robbery.

Lupillo's brother Pedro Rivera Jr. is a Spanish-language Christian singer and ordained pastor of the Southern Baptist Church. The name of the church is Primer Amor located in Whittier, California. it is a Spanish-speaking service.

On August 8, 2008, he had a son. On June 21, Lupillo Rivera and his two young children appeared on the Spanish talk-show Cristina, and he told Cristina that he has eight children, seven of them biologically his and one that he has adopted. He has one child out of marriage.His second Son.[citation needed]

On December 9, 2012, Lupillo's sister Jenni Rivera died in an airplane crash at the age of 43.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Result Ref
2004 Latin Grammy Award Latin Grammy Award for Best Banda Album Live! en Concierto – Universal Amphitheatre Nominated [5]
2005 Con Mis Propias Manos Nominated [6]
2008 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Banda Album Entre Copas y Botellas Nominated [7]
2009 El Tiro de Gracia Nominated [8]
2010 Tu Esclavo y Amo Won [9]


  1. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Lupillo Rivera Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Wald, Elijah (2002-10-22). Narcocorrido: a journey into the music of drugs, guns, and guerrillas. HarperCollins. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-0-06-050510-3. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Candelaria, Cordelia; García, Peter J.; Aldama, Arturo J. (2004). Encyclopedia of Latino popular culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 582–. ISBN 978-0-313-33211-1. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
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  5. ^ "Lista de nominados al los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Complete list of 6th annual Latin Grammy nominations". USA Today (Gannett Company). November 2, 2005. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Grammy nominees – albums". Iowa State Daily (The Iowa State Daily Publication Board). February 8, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "51st annual Grammy nominations". Variety (Reed Business Information). December 3, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards". E!. December 2, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 

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