Luis "Checho" González

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Luis "Checho" González
Luis Orlando González Jiménez

(1933-06-21)21 June 1933
Died13 December 2022(2022-12-13) (aged 89)
Iquique, Chile
Other namesChecho
Alma materUniversity of Chile
Occupation(s)Composer and songwriter
Notable work
  • Mi General Augusto Pinochet song

Luis "Checho" Orlando González Jiménez[a] (21 June 1933 – 13 December 2022) was a Chilean musician.[1][2][3] He is most notable for having created "Mi General Augusto Pinochet", a song that glorifies Pinochet and his military dictatorship that lasted from 1973 to 1990. In the 1950s, he was a member of several musical trios, including "Los González", "Los Mantles", and "Los Mineros", and composed songs with Rubí Jáuregui.[4] In the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, he accompanied the relatives in the Esperanza camp. Through the record labels he created, he delivered "Dragones" and "Boyas" de Plata (characteristic symbols of his hometown). These awards were also presented at the Festival of the Elderly held in 2003 with Checho's own funding.


The González Jiménez family is originally from the former port of Caleta Buena.[4] Their parents were Antonio Segundo González Calibar and Luisa del Carmen Jiménez Fajardo. From this union were born five boys and two girls, Hector Walterio; born 4 June 1924, Antonio Segundo; born 20 August 1926, Hernan Arturo; born 15 January 1928, Luis Orlando; born 21 June 1933, Manuel Honorio; born 16 June 1938, Maria Violeta; born 2 September 1940, and Luisa Nancy; born 7 February 1943. After his family suffered a house fire in Caleta Buena, they moved to Iquique, in front of the Arica square, after which they enrolled the first three brothers, in the religious dance "Los Morenos". Later on they moved to Sotomayor street, where Luis Orlando González was born, he was registered in the "San Gerardo" church, with father Delgadillo. At an early age Luis showed closeness to religion.[4] He and his brothers were enrolled in the "Star of Chile" football club. Later his parents moved again to Amunategui street in front of La Cruz hill and there, his brother Manuel Honorio was born. His godmother, Luisa Polanco, a native of the now-defunct Santa Laura saltpetre office, went to live with Luis in the saltpetre office until she was 5 years old. When she returned to live with her brothers, she was interested in learning to play the guitar.

His uncle, Romelio Jiménez Fajardo, was a baker and leader of the CUT and a councilman of the illustrious municipality of Iquique.[4] He studied at No. 1 Santa María and the Escuela Básica E-76 Centenario de Iquique, then was sent to study in Santiago, graduating from the Universidad de Chile. In 2005 he became seriously ill with a stroke.[5] "Checho" has also called himself a guru of healing.[6][7] González is the great uncle of Fernando Godoy Bustamante.

Artistic career[edit]

In 1951, he and his brothers "Toño" and "Nino" formed a band called "Los González" which was dissolved because "Nino" had to continue with his studies. Then he formed a trio called "The Mantles" with two of his friends. On February 2, 1954, they made their debut in the program "Falabella" hosted by Raúl Matas.[4] One of his friends, Humberto Leiva, retired from "Los Mantles" and Luis along with Ruben Tapia, and his brother Toño formed a new trio called "Los Seycos" (serious and correct), however Matas suggested renaming it "Los Mineros". Two days later they make their debut at the "Baquedano" theatre, together with Lucho Gatica who arrived successfully from Spain.

After those, they returned to Iquique and found a radio festival called "Almirante Lynch", which was held at the National Theatre where he met Rubí Jáuregui, who he then invited to join the group in order to replace Rubén who had fallen ill. In another visit to Santiago they were represented in radio mining in Teatro Caupolicán, as they were invited by Matas. In January 1959 his brother "Toño" fell ill and stayed in Santiago recovering so the group stopped performing. Rubí also stayed in Santiago with his family and Don Checho traveled to Antofagasta, performing as a soloist and singer-songwriter hired by the Antofagasta Hotel where two executives of the Potrerillos Ore saw him perform and hired him a few days later. He came to perform at the Ore with great success, where he was hired with a solid income. However that same year his mother fell ill and he decided to return to his hometown with his family canceling the contract.

In 1967 he created two record labels and two labels; "Golden Dragon", and "Golden Buoy", later, because he had no financing or sponsorship, he had to lower it to silver being financed by he and his wife.[4] In 2014, he had made 7 banners, 34 hymns and more than 500 prizes with "dragons" in Chile and abroad. In 2001, he participated in the album "Iquique en un CD".[8] In 2002 and 2003, it held a Festival of the Elderly, which it proposed should be of an international level and was held in the Norte Grande of Chile.[9] "Checho" received no state or private funding for the event. The awards given were the characteristic "Silver Buoys" and "Golden Dragons". In April 2003 he received a distinction from the "Agrupación Dragón".[10] In 2008 he was in charge of delivering "Boyas de Plata" to a series of Chilean television personalities.[3]

During the rescue of the San José mine of 33 miners, Luis González was in the "Esperanza" camp during the time that the event lasted, sharing with the families of the miners, church authorities and civilians.[11] He also wrote the song "Homenaje al Minero" or "The Miner" which was used for a film that was filmed on location by the BBC in London.[12][13]

In 2011 in Copiapó delivered "Dragones de Plata" to the families of those affected by the mining accident.[14] In 2012, one year after the 2011 Chilean Air Force C-212 crash, he paid tribute to Felipe Camiroaga, being invited to TVN.[15] He lived with a grace pension.[16] He also composed a song for Jorge Soria Quiroga, former mayor of Iquique, and Iván Barbaric Sciaraffia, a politician from Tarapacá.[4]

Mi General Augusto Pinochet[edit]

Luis "Checho" González is the author of the song "Mi General Augusto Pinochet" which was originally published in a 1995 cassette, called Himno en Honor al Capitán General Don Augusto Pinochet Ugarte – Apología y marchas al Ejército de Chile, which was made by the musical stamp "Dragón".[17][18]


González died in Iquique on 13 December 2022, at the age of 89.[19]


Year Title Type Format Group
1966 Bajeza / Nostalgias del Amor Single Vinyl Los Mineros
1968 Himno a Iquique / A Campaña Single Vinyl Los González
1971 ¿Qué Pasó En La Tirana? / Antofagasta, Perla del Norte Single Vinyl Performed along "Nino" González
1972 Checho, Ruby y Nino - Los González Album Vinyl Los González
1973 Cumbia del Tripulante Single Vinyl Performed along "Toño" González
1973 Iquique Querido / A Rubén Godoy Single Vinyl Solo
1995 Himno en Honor al Capitán General Don Augusto Pinochet Ugarte Album Cassette Solo
2004 Los Éxitos de Laura en América Album CD Solo
2020 Todo por la Patria Album Digital Solo
Unknown Luis "Checho" González Album Cassette Solo
Unknown Abuelos Queridos Album CD Solo


  1. ^ In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is González and the second or maternal family name is Jiménez.


  1. ^ "La milagrosa recuperación de Luis González" [The miraculous recovery of Luis González]. La Estrella de Iquique (in Spanish). 25 December 2005. Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Cuecas y tonadas para bailar el "18"". La Estrella de Iquique. 6 September 2005. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Checho González". La Estrella de Iquique. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Ramos, Martino (2 December 2014). "Biografía de Luis "Checho" Orlando González Jiménez" (in Spanish). El Tarapacá. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  5. ^ "La recuperación de "Checho" González". La Estrella de Iquique. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Sanador iquiqueño visited the chronicle of Diario La Estrella". I'm Chile. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  7. ^ "El Longuino" (PDF). El Longuino. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Iquique en un CD". La Estrella de Iquique. 23 December 2001. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Pideniden apoyo para festival del adulto mayor". La Estrella de Iquique. 16 October 2002. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Agrupación Dragón". La Estrella de Iquique. 19 April 2003. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Checho González participated in the commemoration of Los 33". SoyChile. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  12. ^ ""Checho" returned to the San José Mine". La Estrella de Iquique. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Cantautor "Checho" González dedicated song to miners in Copiapó". The Star of Iquique. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  14. ^ "En Copiapó will deliver "Dragones de Plata"". La Estrella de Iquique. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Iquiqueño Luis "Checho" González pays tribute to Felipe Camiroaga". I am Chile. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Luis "Checho" González requests information about missing package". La Estrella de Iquique. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  17. ^ "My General, Augusto Pinochet". Musescore. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Luis "Checho" González – Himno en Honor al Capitán General Don Augusto Pinochet Ugarte". Discogs. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Fallece el cantautor iquiqueño Luis "Checho" González a los 89 años". Diario el Tarapacá. 13 December 2022. Retrieved 13 December 2022.

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