Los Panchos

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Los Panchos
Los Panchos Auditorio Nacional 2012.jpg
Los Panchos in 2015
Background information
Also known asTrío Los Panchos
Years active1944–present
  • Chucho Navarro Jr.
  • Eduardo Beristian
  • Misael Reyes
Past members

Originally, Trio Los Panchos are a trío romántico formed in New York City in 1944 by Alfredo Gil, Chucho Navarro, and Hernando Avilés. The trio became one of the leading exponents of the bolero and the romantic ballad in Latin America. Its original founding members have long since died and its current members are Chucho Navarro Jr., Eduardo Beristian and Misael Reyes.

The group has sold hundreds of millions of records since its creation in the mid 1940s.[1] Some of their best known songs being their interpretations of classic folk songs such as "Besame Mucho", "Sabor a Mí", "Sin Ti", "Solamente Una Vez", "Contigo", "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas", "Contigo Aprendi", "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Cuando vuelva a tu lado", "Se te olvida", "El Reloj", "Noche de Ronda", "Rayito de Luna".[1]

Los Panchos are regarded as one of the top musical trios of all time and one of the most influential Latin American artists of all time.[2] They have sold out concerts around the globe for over 70 years and have appeared in more than 50 films.[1]

A characteristic instrument of Los Panchos and other Mexican tríos románticos since the 1950s is the requinto guitar, which is smaller and tuned higher than a standard guitar and was invented by Alfredo Gil. Requinto solos are found in many bolero recordings by Los Panchos.


Los Panchos first met in 1944 in New York City.[3] 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.[4]

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 cueca) and "Rosa negra" (a conga) for Pilotone Records (#45 5067, #45 5069).[5] They also appeared in around 50 movies, mostly during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

External video
video icon Photograph of the Los Panchos Trio with Manolita Arriola for CBS Radio's La Cadena de Las Americas (Network of the Americas) on "Viva America" in 1946
Here on Getty images

By 1946, the trio's exceptional virtuosity and authenticity had attracted the attention of Edmund Chester at CBS Radio's Cadena de Las Americas (Network of the Americas).[6][7] Los Panchos was immediately invited to perform as "musical ambassadors" on the network's Viva America program to support cultural diplomacy in twenty countries throughout Latin America and South America.[8][9][10][11]

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.[12] In 1951, Los Panchos launched another international tour across Latin America. Julito Rodríguez joined the group in 1952; he was replaced by Johnny Albino in 1958.

In 1964, CBS proposed to the members of the trio, then made up of the two founding members and Johnny Albino, to accompany a female voice for the first time. It was about the American vocalist of Judeo-Spanish descent Eydie Gormé, who had several years of recording experience in the United States and who was just beginning to record in Spanish. The collaboration between Gormé and Los Panchos recorded a series of bestselling albums in the 1960s such as Great Love Songs In Spanish (titled Amor, in Spanish).[13] 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.[14]

[David Ortiz]: A very interesting note, and one that not everyone knows about, is that during the illness of Ovidio Hernández and the integration of Rafael Basurto to the trio, Alfredo Gil (the trio’s director) met the Puerto Rican singer, David Ortiz, in New York City, and amazed by the quality of his voice and style, asked him to come to Mexico and sing with Los Panchos. David Ortiz accepted the invitation and was with the Trio Los Panchos for several months. Alfredo Gil considered David to be one of the most exciting and talented voices to ever sing with Los Panchos. However, after fulfilling several commitments with the trio, David Ortiz returned to New York.

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


  • 1945 – Mexicantos
  • 1946 - La Palma (Trio Los Panchos and the Viva América Orchestra conducted by Alfredo Antonini with John Serry Sr.)[15]
  • 1949 – Ritmos tropicales
  • 1949 – Boleros selectos, Vol. 1
  • 1950 – Los Panchos Favorites
  • 1955 – Boleros selectos, Vol. 2
  • 1955 – Así cantan Los Panchos
  • 1956 – Canciones para una noche de lluvia
  • 1956 – Vaya con Dios
  • 1956 – Canciones del corazón
  • 1956 – South Of The Border - Agustín Lara Hits
  • 1956 – Mexican Holiday
  • 1957 – Eva Garza
  • 1958 – Un minuto de amor
  • 1959 – Trío Los Panchos y Chucho Martínez Gil
  • 1959 – Siete notas de amor
  • 1960 – Los Panchos con Johnny Albino cantan
  • 1960 – Canciones del corazón
  • 1960 – Los favoritos de todo el mundo
  • 1960 – Los Panchos en Tokyo
  • 1961 – Ciudadanos del mundo
  • 1961 – Ambassadors of Song
  • 1961 – Ceguera de amor
  • 1961 – Los Panchos en Japón
  • 1962 – Época de oro
  • 1962 – Los Panchos cantan tangos
  • 1962 – El Trío Los Panchos interpreta Guty Cárdenas
  • 1962 – El pecador
  • 1962 – México canta
  • 1962 – Favoritos latinos
  • 1963 – A mi madrecita
  • 1963 – Cantan a Paraguay
  • 1963 – Love Songs of the Tropics - Trio Los Panchos Sing the Songs of Rafael Hernández Marín
  • 1963 – Romantic Guitars - El Trio Los Panchos Y Las Canciones De Pedro Flores
  • 1964 – By Special Request Sing Great Love Songs In English
  • 1964 – Caminemos
  • 1964 – Amor (Great Love Songs In Spanish) (with Eydie Gormé)
  • 1964 – Los Panchos en el Japón
  • 1964 – Recuerdos...
  • 1965 – More Amor / Cuatro vidas (with Eydie Gormé)
  • 1965 – El pescador de estrellas
  • 1965 – Obsesión
  • 1965 – Los Panchos en persona
  • 1965 – Horas nuestras
  • 1966 – Que no te cuenten cuentos
  • 1966 – Celoso
  • 1966 – Blanca Navidad / Navidad Means Christmas (with Eydie Gormé)
  • 1967 – Los Panchos en estéreo, Vol. 1
  • 1967 – Con éxitos de Armando Manzanero
  • 1967 – En Venezuela
  • 1967 – Hey, Amigo! The Trío Los Panchos Sing Great Popular Country Hits in Spanish with The Jordanaires
  • 1968 – Los Panchos en estéreo, Vol. 2
  • 1968 – Gigliola Cinquetti e il Trio Los Panchos in Messico
  • 1968 – Con mariachi
  • 1970 – Liliana
  • 1970 – Los Panchos En Japón, Vol. 2
  • 1970 – Los Panchos Cantan a Agustín Lara
  • 1970 – Trío Los Panchos
  • 1971 – Volví la espalda
  • 1971 – Voces internacionales con Los Panchos
  • 1971 – Basura
  • 1971 – Háblame
  • 1972 – Lo dudo
  • 1972 – Frío en el alma
  • 1972 – Martha (with Estela Raval)
  • 1972 – Quiero
  • 1972 – Cantan al Perú
  • 1972 – Adulterio
  • 1972 – La hiedra
  • 1973 – El tiempo que te quede libre
  • 1973 – Tú me acostumbraste (with Estela Raval)
  • 1974 – Gil, Navarro y Hernández
  • 1974 – Yo lo comprendo
  • 1976 – Cantan a Latinoamérica
  • 1976 – Sabor a mí
  • 1977 – Si tú me dices ven (Lodo)
  • 1981 – España en la voz de Los Panchos
  • 1982 – Los Panchos en Brasil
  • 1985 – Homenaje a Carlos Gardel
  • 1985 – La nave del olvido
  • 1989 – Esencia romántica
  • 1991 – Siglo veinte
  • 1991 – Triunfamos
  • 1991 – Hoy
External audio
audio icon 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


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  11. ^ Photograph of Los Panchos Trio with Manolita Arriola on "Viva America" for CBS Radio in 1946 onn Getty images
  12. ^ 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
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  14. ^ "Documento sin título". Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  15. ^ La Palma interpreted by Los Panchos Triocirca 1946 on Archive.org

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