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Rosalino Sánchez Félix (30 August 1960 - 16 May 1992), known profesionally as Chalino Sánchez, was a Mexican singer and songwriter. He specialized in Regional Mexican music and was especially famous for his corridos. Chalino's son Adán Chalino Sánchez was born 14 April 1984, and was also a Regional Mexican singer in his own right.
The facts of Chalino's life are fairly straightforward. He was born in the rancho of Las Flechas and raised in Sanalona, a village about 20 miles east of Culiacán. According to the American reporter San Quiñones, who has interviewed many of Chalino's friends and associates, his legend begins with an incident right out of the Pancho Villa saga: when he was a child, a local tough raped his sister and, at the age of 15, Chalino ran into the rapist at a party, walked up to him without saying a word, and shot him to death. With that, he had to leave town, and he moved to Los Angeles to live with an aunt. He worked various jobs, both the low-paid, semilegitimate work available to illegal immigrants and small-time border hustlers, smuggling drugs and people across the line in partnership with his brother Armando. In 1984, Armando was shot and killed in Tijuana, and the story is that Chalino's first corrido was written shortly afterward to preserve his brother's memory.
2017 is coming to an end, and the English-language media (besides me) has yet to write a word about the 25th anniversary of the murder of Mexican balladeer Chalino Sánchez. He’s no mere singer: as I wrote in OC Weekly earlier this year, “He’s the most influential musician in the United States of the past quarter-century—no one comes even close.” Modern-day regional Mexican music is just one Chalinillo (Chalino imitator) after another, as everyone tries to reproduce his swagger, his rough voice, and even how he wore his Stetson to no avail.
Rosalino "Chalino" Sanchez was a Mexican singer and songwriter who became popular for singing narcocorridos, a style of music celebrating Mexico's drug and gang culture.
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