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     Alfredo "El Guero" Gil 
     Alfredo Gil 
      September 10, 1999 
      Age 84
Died in His Sleep 
    
    
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MEXICO CITY (AP) - Alfredo ``El Guero'' Gil, the last surviving member of the original romantic trio Los Panchos, died Friday in Mexico City. He was 84 and had been suffering from pulmonary emphysema.  

Gil was born in the central state of Puebla and became a professional musician at age 15. In 1944, he was in New York when he linked up with two other musicians - Chucho Navarro and Hernando Aviles of Puerto Rico - to form Los Panchos, in which Gil played the ``requinto,'' a small guitar.  

The trio was known for its soft harmonics, particularly in the romantic bolero. Its emotional interpretations of ``Besame Mucho'' (Kiss Me), ``Quizas, Quizas, Quizas'' (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) and ``Sin Ti''  (Without You) propelled them to international fame. The band appeared in more than 50 films during Mexico's ``Golden Era'' of cinema.  

With Gil's death Friday night, Mexico City radio stations devoted much of  their programming to Los Panchos' songs.  

Gil is survived by his wife, Guadalupe Bedoy, and five children. Funeral services were held Saturday.

    
  Last Los Panchos dies in Mexico 
 
The Mexican singer, Alfredo Gil has died at his home in Mexico City. His son said the last surviving member of the Los Panchos trio was eighty-four and died in his sleep. Los Panchos' interpretations of ''Kiss Me'' and ''Maybe, Maybe, Maybe'' propelled them to international fame.   Afredo Gil retired in 1981.  

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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We are sorry to inform you of the death of the founder of Los Panchos Alfredo "El Guero" Gil, in Mexico. 
  
Alfredo "El Guero" Gil, passed away in the Spanish Hospital, he was 83 years of age, where he was admitted for pneumonía, which was complicated by pulmonary emfysema and cirrhosis that he  suffered 15 years ago. "El Guero" Gil was transferred from the medical tower, in which he received medical attention from the 26th of last October, to the Spanish Hospital where he remained.  

Alfredo "El Guero" Gil,  who was born in Teziutlán, Puebla, was the only survivor of the               founders of the trio Los Panchos, who in 1948 debuted in Mexico on radio  station XEW.  In 1981 he recorded what would be his last album with Chucho Navarro and Rafael Basurto.  

              Q.P.D. 

 
Last surviving member of Mexican music trio dies 
                             

                            MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Alfredo Gil, the last surviving founding 
                            member of the musical trio Los Panchos, whose romantic ``boleros'' 
                            and sweet harmonies won them international stardom in the 1940s 
                            and '50s, has died, family members said Sunday. He was 84.  

                            Gil died late Friday after a bout with emphysema.  

                            Known as "El Guero,'' a common Mexican nickname for fair-skinned 
                            people, Gil founded Los Panchos in 1944 while in New York along with 
                            Jesus ``Chucho'' Navarro Moreno and Hernando Aviles.  

                            Their melodies, including ``Rayito de Luna,'' ``Sin Ti,'' and ``Sin un 
                            Amor,'' formed the soundtrack for several generations of romantics in 
                            the Spanish-speaking world.  

                            Gil was also credited with developing the "`requinto,'' a small-sized 
                            guitar that became a standard instrument for trios, typically made up 
                            of three guitars and voice harmonies.  

                            Los Panchos were also featured in several films in the 1940s and '50s, 
                            a period known as the ``Golden Age'' of Mexican cinema.  

                            Reuters/Variety ^REUTERS@ 

 

 

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Los Panchos Trio is more than just the sum of their three voices, or the best group of voices and guitars, they have been the Greatest Ambassadors to the entire world of our cultural roots.  

Their history can be summarized as being the ones who opened the international markets for all the Latin American people as pioneers for the actual Hispanic artists.  

They are the only group who impressed the entire world at a time when there weren’t as many means of transportation, such as airlines, as there are now.  Only their talent and good spirit that poured out of these three men, was what caused them to succeed in countries of different ethnic culture, such as China, Russia and Japan among others.  

Their style is bound to the world’s historic memory, that remembers them with phrases such as….  

“The Perfect Trilogy of America” 
“Ambassadors to the World of the Romantic Ballad” 
“Eternal Troubadours” 
“Citizens of the World” 
They are part of our contemporary history, and we are obligated to know it since it is also ours, despite of the nationality that we may have.  They have shown their love and respect for our roots.  They have sung from an Argentinean Tango to a Cumbia from Colombia.  Los Panchos Trio have recorded for all the habitants of this world, therefore it is our duty to protect them for what they are…”Latinamerica’s Cultural Legacy”.  

Their story can be divided in 10 different eras, each one of them has a deep brand of their seven first voices, with such a personal style that it enabled them to penetrate the different markets throughout the world, and in all of them they succeeded, they remained at the top, loved by all sorts of public. 

In 1981, when Alfredo Gil retired, the Trio Los Panchos came to an end.  This announcement came as a surprise, it took place during their world tour called  “So Long” (“Hasta Siempre”); in Venezuela they had a television special and it was then where Alfredo Gil and Chucho Navarro announced their retirement, and introduced Rafael Basurto Lara as the new leading voice of the new group that would always be remembering the Trio Los Panchos.  

But not long after that, Chucho Navarro and Rafael Basurto decided to continue as “Los Panchos”, this was a way to pay tribute to Alfredo Gil’s retirement, whom had been the creator, companion, director of the group and an excellent player of the small guitar (requinto), because no matter how good were the ones that would follow, none could ever take place of Alfredo Gil, its creator.  There were many small guitar  players that accompanied Los Panchos, amongst them we can cite the Mexicans Willy Fonseca, Lalo Ayala, Jose Luis Sanchez Camacho and Gabriel Vargas.  

The death of Chucho Navarro has left alone the last first voice of the Trio Rafael Basurto Lara, who keeps himself busy as he quotes…”not as “Los Panchos”, I keep my career going just as what I am…”The Last Voice of Los Panchos”….  

The truth is that the trajectory of the most important group that has ever existed in the Hispanic market, has been written; all of them are an important part of it, they are all “Originals”, because they wrote the history of the “Trio Los Panchos”.  
  

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