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
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
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
“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
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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