Amalia Mendoza

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Amalia Mendoza
Amalia Mendoza, circa 1950s.jpg
Mendoza, c. 1950s
Amalia Mendoza García

(1923-07-10)10 July 1923
Died11 June 2001(2001-06-11) (aged 77)
Other namesLa Tariácuri
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Years active1958–1995
LabelsRCA Víctor

Amalia Mendoza García (10 July 1923 – 11 June 2001),[1] nicknamed La Tariácuri, was a Mexican singer and actress.[2] "Échame a mi la culpa" and "Amarga navidad" were some of her greatest hits.[3] her best friend since youth was Martha De Miranda Jimenez "Martuquia" as she called her, she was her companion for many years when Amalia was on tour.


Mendoza in 1959

Tariácuri, from whom Mendoza received her nickname, was an indigenous leader of the Purépecha people, who inhabited present-day Michoacán. The nickname was used before in her brothers' musical group (Trío Tariácuri) and in her own duo (Las Tariacuritas) with her sister, Perla. She gained notice as a solo singer when she began to sing for the XEW radio station in 1954.[3] She recorded 36 albums.[3] In 1962, she won the Macuilxóchitl Award for best female bolero singer of ranchera music (bolerista de ranchero).[4] Through the majority of her career she was accompanied by the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and recorded numerous rancheras and boleros by José Alfredo Jiménez, Cuco Sánchez, José Ángel Espinoza, Gabriel Ruiz, and Tomás Méndez.

She died four weeks and one day before her 78th birthday.


  • La Tariácuri (1958)
  • La Tariácuri Vol. II (1959)
  • La Tariácuri Vol. III (1960) (re-issued on CD as Amalia Vol. 1)
  • La viuda abandonada (Vol. IV) (1961) (re-issued on CD as Mucho corazón... y otros éxitos más)
  • Boleros con Amalia Mendoza (1962)
  • Las canciones que siempre quise grabar (1963)
  • México en la voz de Amalia Mendoza (1965)
  • Las tres señoras (1995) (with Lola Beltrán and Lucha Villa)


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Vivir a todo dar Singer Uncredited
1957 Mi influyente mujer Singer
1958 Fiesta en el corazón Singer
Una cita de amor Genoveva
1959 Yo... el aventurero Amalia
1961 Los laureles doña Leonor
¿Donde estás, corazón? Amalia


  1. ^ Tovar, Aurora (1996). Mil quinientas mujeres en nuestra conciencia colectiva: catálogo biográfico de mujeres de México. Documentación y Estudios de Mujeres, A.C. p. 412. ISBN 9789686851168.
  2. ^ "Mendoza, Amalia "La Tariacuri"- Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers: "M" Part Two". Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Obituaries: Mexican singer of mariachi, ranchera music, Amalia Mendoza". Sarasota Herald. 16 June 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Hispano americano". Tiempo. 1962. Retrieved 24 June 2014.

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