Hajji Alejandro

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Hajji Alejandro
Born (1954-12-26) December 26, 1954 (age 62)
Origin Philippines
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Singing
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts Circus Band
Ryan Cayabyab
Rachel Alejandro
Ali Alejandro

Angelito Toledo "Hajji" Alejandro (born December 26, 1954) is a Filipino singer and actor, who was a major pop star in the 1970s and 1980s.[1] Just like another OPM legend Basil Valdez, he came from the group Circus Band. He was the first winner of the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival.

Dubbed the "kilabot ng mga kolehiyala" (college girls' heartthrob), Alejandro is best remembered for such songs as "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika", "Panakíp Butas" and "Nakapagtataka".[2]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1980s, Alejandro operated a small restaurant along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles with wife, beauty queen and actress Río Díaz. They have a son, Delara drummer Ali Alejandro. Rio Díaz died of colon cancer in 2004.

Alejandro is also the father of singer Rachel Alejandro.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 18 Greatest Hits
  • Collection
  • Pagbabalik
  • 25: The Silver Anniversary Album Of Hajji Alejandro

Singles[edit]

  • "Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika" (original composition by Ryan Cayabyab) - also covered by Cayabyab and Noel Cabangon.
  • "Nakapagtataka" (original composition by Jim Paredes) - also covered by the APO Hiking Society, Rachel Alejandro, MYMP and Noel Cabangon)
  • "Panakip Butas" (Alejandro re-recorded the song for his Silver Anniversary Album released by Sony BMG Music in 1996) - also covered by the trio Tito, Vic & Joey as a parody in their 1977 debut album

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lockard, Craig A. (1998). Dance of Life: Popular Music and Politics in Southeast Asia. University of Hawaii Press. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-8248-1918-7. 
  2. ^ "Hajji and Rachel Alejandro in Tagaytay". Manila Bulletin. 14 February 2003. Retrieved 2009-04-03.