Los Panchos

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Los Panchos
Los Panchos Gira 70 años con Chucho Navarro Jr .- Paraguay 2015-.jpg
Los Panchos Tour 70 years with Chucho Navarro Jr, Paraguay 2015
Background information
Also known as Trio Los Panchos
Origin Mexico, Puerto Rico/United States Of America
Genres Bolero
Years active 1944 - Present
Associated acts Eydie Gorme
Manoella Torres
Alfredo Antonini
John Serry Sr.
External audio
You man hear Los Panchos Trio singing "La Palma" with Alfredo Antonini conducting the CBS Viva America Orchestra and the accordionist John Serry Sr. circa 1946 here

Los Panchos (also known as the Trío Los Panchos) was an internationally famous Latin trío romántico known for its romantic ballads and boleros.


Los Panchos first met in 1944 in New York City. [1] The three original members were Chucho Navarro and Alfredo Gil, both from Mexico, and Hernando Avilés from Puerto Rico. All three played guitar and contributed vocally.[2]

Los Panchos reached fame with their romantic songs, especially in Latin America where they are still regarded as one of the top trios of all time. They sold millions of records in Latin America and other countries. In the 1940s they collaborated with Alfredo Antonini's Viva America Orchestra with the orchestral accordionist John Serry Sr. in a recording of La Palma (a Chilian cueca dance) and Rosa Negra ( a conga) for Pilotone Records (#45 5067, #45 5069).[3]

They also appeared in around fifty movies mostly during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.

Los Panchos began touring internationally in 1946 and would relocate later that same year to Mexico City. They were welcomed with open arms and XEW-AM, the most popular radio station in Mexico City, reserved a time slot for their music. [4] In 1951, Los Panchos launched another international tour across Latin America.[5]

Trío Los Panchos 2017

Julito Rodríguez joined the group in 1952; he was replaced by Johnny Albino in 1958. Johnny Albino & Chucho Navarro, (Miguel Poventud and Yomo Toro were studio musicians for CBS) famously worked with singer Eydie Gorme on a series of bestselling albums in the 1960s.[6] The Albino era was one of the most prosperous ones for Los Panchos whose classic albums are very popular among Los Panchos fans still. His departure in 1968 was a tumultuous one, as he did not leave on good terms with the group's management.

In 1971, Ovidio Hernández joined the band as lead vocalist, a part he would fulfill until his untimely passing of complications of meningitis in 1976. Following him, Rafael Basurto Lara joined as lead singer.[7]

Alfredo Gil played with Los Panchos until his retirement in 1981 (he died in 1999) and Chucho Navarro played with the group until his death in 1993.

A characteristic instrument of Los Panchos and many more bolero trios after them is the Requinto guitar, which is smaller and tuned higher than a standard guitar, and was invented[citation needed] by Alfredo Gil, founding member of Los Panchos. Requinto solos are typically part of a bolero song.

Actually the trio using the Los Panchos name is the Trio Los Panchos de Chucho Navarro Fundador (Trio Los Panchos of Founder Chucho Navarro) under the direction of Chucho Navarro Jr. the son of original Los Panchos member Chucho Navarro, makes presentations worldwide .[8]




  1. ^ Latin Music - Musicians, Genres and Themes, Stavans, Ilan - Editor In Chief, Greenwood, Oxford, England, 2014, p. 798-799 ISBN 978-0-313-34395-7 Latin Music - Musicians, Genres and Themes, Stavans, Ilan - Editor, "Trio Los Panchos" on books.google.com
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music, Torres, George - Editor. Greenwood, Oxford, England 2013, p. 44-45, 415 ISBN 978-0-313-34031-4"Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music", Torres, George - Editor, "Trio Los Panchos" on books.google.com
  3. ^ La Palma; Rosa Negra - Vocalists Los Panchos Trio and the Viva America Orchestra - Conductor Alfredo Antonini
  4. ^ Musical Ritual in Mexico City - From the Aztec to NAFTA Pedelty, Mark. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas 2004, ISBN 978-0-292-79848-9 "Music Ritual in Mexico City - From the Aztec to NAFTA" Pedelty, Mark, University of Texas Press, "Trio Los Panchos" on books.google.com
  5. ^ https://translate.google.com/translatehl=en&sl=es&u=http://lospanchos.com/&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=2&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522los%2Bpanchos%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dcom.google:en-US:official%26hs%3DfTd
  6. ^ Music of Latin America and the Caribbean. Brill, Mark. Routledge, New York, NY 2016, ISBN 978-0-131-83944-1 "Music of Latin America and the Caribbean". Brill, Mark. Routledge, New York, 2016 Chapter 3 - Mexico - "Los Panchos Trio" on books.google.com
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  8. ^ Los Panchos con Chucho Navarro Fundador
  9. ^ La Palma performed by Los Panchos Trio and the Viva America Orchestra - Conductor -Alfredo Antonini - Accordionist John Serry Sr.

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