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Canciones de Mi Padre

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Canciones de mi padre
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 24, 1987
LabelElektra/Asylum Records, Rhino
ProducerPeter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Canciones de mi padre
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[2]

Canciones de mi padre (Spanish for Songs of My Father, or My Father's Songs) is American singer Linda Ronstadt's first album of Mexican traditional Mariachi music.


The album was released in late 1987[3] and immediately became a global smash hit. At 2½ 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 for Ronstadt's deceased aunt, Luisa Espinel, who had been an international singer in the 1920s.[4] 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.[5]

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. Las Canciones de mi Padre also is the only recording production in the world that used the 3 best Mariachi bands in the world: Mariachi Vargas, Mariachi Los Camperos and Mariachi Los Galleros de Pedro Rey. As of 2012, Canciones de Mi Padre had sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide.

Although sometimes referred to as Ronstadt's first Spanish-language recordings, in fact she had recorded several times in the language before, including "Lo Siento mi Vida", a song she co-wrote with her father for her 1976 album, Hasten Down the Wind, and "Lago Azul," a Spanish translation of "Blue Bayou", that was released as a single following her hit English version from her 1977 album, Simple Dreams.

In 2021, it was announced that Canciones de Mi Padre had been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[6]

In 2022, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry.[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."Por Un Amor"Gilberto Parra2:56
2."Los Laureles"José López2:25
3."Hay Unos Ojos"Rubén Fuentes2:45
4."La Cigarra"Ray Pérez y Soto3:45
5."Tú Sólo Tú"Felipe Valdez Leal3:09
6."Y Ándale"Minerva Elizondo2:32
7."Rogaciano El Huapanguero"Valeriano Trejo3:00
8."La Charreada"Felipe Bermejo3:49
9."Dos Arbolitos"Chucho Martínez Gil2:34
10."Corrido De Cananea"Rubén Fuentes3:24
11."La Barca De Guaymas"Rubén Fuentes3:25
12."La Calandria"Nicandro Castillo3:00
13."El Sol Que Tú Eres"traditional, arr Daniel Valdez2:57
Total length:39:41


  • Linda Ronstadt – vocals
  • Michael J. Ronstadt – vocals
  • Danny Valdez – vocals, guitar
  • Gilberto Puente – guitar
  • Jorge Lopez – guitar
  • Samuel Gutierrez – guitar
  • Pedro Flores – vihuela
  • Victor "el Pato" Cardenas – vihuela
  • Felipe Perez – violin
  • Antonio Ramos – violin
  • Salvador Torres – violin
  • Heriberto Molina – vocals
  • Ricardo Cisneros – vocals
  • 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


  • Peter Asher – producer
  • Ruben Fuentes – producer, arrangements, conductor
  • Edd Kolakowski – assistant producer
  • Shawn Murphy – recording, mixing
  • Sharon Rice – assistant engineer
  • Dwayne Seykora – assistant engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • José Hernández – album coordinator
  • John Kosh – art direction, design
  • Bob Blakeman – photography
  • Gilbert Ronstadt – back cover painting
  • J. Roy Helland – make-up, hair stylist
  • Manuel – wardrobe design
  • Janet Stark – assistant to Miss Ronstadt


Chart (1987/88) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Albums 54
United States (Billboard 200) 42

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] 2× Platinum 2,500,000[8]

Release history[edit]

Release history and formats for Canciones de Mi Padre
Region Date Format Label Ref.
North America November 13, 1987
  • LP
  • CD
  • cassette
Asylum Records [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Canciones de Mi Padre at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Linda Ronstadt Album and CD Releases 1983 - 1990. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  4. ^ "Tucson'sRonstadtFamily". The Arizona Library. Archived from the original on June 15, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
  5. ^ "AARP Segunda Juventud Online". Linda Ronstadt, The music legend opens up to AARP Segunda Juventud Online,By Anita Mabante Leach, August 2007. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  6. ^ "GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Welcomes 2021 Inductions: A Tribe Called Quest, Billie Holiday, Journey, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen And More". Recording Academy. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  7. ^ "National Recording Registry Inducts Music from Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Journey and More in 2022". Library of Congress. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  8. ^ Arellano, Gustavo (November 21, 2017). "Op-Ed: Linda Ronstadt's 'Canciones de mi Padre' changed my life, and my culture". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 13, 2022. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Linda Ronstadt – Canciones de Mi Padre". Recording Industry Association of America.
  10. ^ Ronstadt, Linda (November 13, 1987). "Canciones de Mi Padre (Liner Notes)". Asylum Records. 9-60765-1 (LP); 9-60765-4 (Cassette); 9-60765-2 (CD).