Álvaro Carrillo

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Álvaro Carrillo
Born(1921-12-02)2 December 1921
San Juan Cacahuatepec, Oaxaca
Died3 April 1969(1969-04-03) (aged 47)
Years active1940–1969

Álvaro Carrillo Alarcón (2 December 1921 - 3 April 1969) was a Mexican popular music composer and songwriter, born in San Juan Cacahuatepec, Oaxaca. He wrote over 300 songs, mostly boleros, 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]

Early life and education[edit]

Álvaro Carrillo Alarcón was born in 1921 to parents of Mestizo descent. He absorbed many types of musical influence while growing up in San Juan Cacahuatepec, Oaxaca. In 1940, Carrillo enrolled in the National Agricultural School in Chapingo, where he composed his first songs as a student. In 1945, he graduated in Agricultural Engineering.


Carrillo worked in the Corn Commission, but left engineering to become a composer.[1] He became a friend of singer Antonio Pérez Mesa of the Trío Los Duendes. He wrote the song "Amor," for the trio; it rapidly became popular. Carrillo was a prolific composer, writing more than 300 songs during his life; many were boleros, a Mexican-style rhythmic ballad. His career was ended abruptly when he died in a car accident on 3 April 1969. His songs have continued to be covered by Mexican and international artists in the decades since his death.

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

Mexican musicians and singers know many of the songs from the Álvaro Carrillo songbook by heart. Noted interpreters of his songs include: Javier Solis, Pepe Jara, Trio Los Santos, and Linda Arce.[2]

Representation in popular culture[edit]

Álvaro Carrillo's life inspired the film Sabor a mí (1988), directed by René Cardona, in which Carrillo was portrayed by Mexican singer José José.[3]


  1. ^ a b Jaime López Jiménez. "ALVARO CARRILLO". CITY OF SAN JUAN CACAHUATEPEC, OAXACA. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Alvaro Carrillo". Oaxaca Mío. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  3. ^ Sabor a mí (1988) on IMDb

External links[edit]

  • "Videos". YouTube. Retrieved 7 July 2010.