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Known as "The Golden Falsetto," Miguel Aceves Mejia achieved the peak of his success as a ranchera and film star in the late '50s. His early career breaks were in radio, where he got a gig singing on a show sponsored by his auto factory boss, which led to a gig at the legendary Monterrey station XET. There he formed a trio with Emilio Allende and Carlos Sorolla, later moving to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career. It was there he developed the falsetto singing style that became his trademark. In 1940, he relocated to Mexico City for another radio job, this time at XEW.
Mejia signed a contract with RCA and began issuing recordings with them in the mid-'40s. He initially recorded tropical music, but a studio musicians' strike led him to record with a mariachi band instead. The style suited him and his songs started to earn him some attention, leading to his first film role, in 1947's De Pecado en Pecado, where his voice was dubbed over actor José Pulido's singing parts. He got his first major role seven years later in Los Cuatros Vientos and was an instant movie star. He would eventually appear in more than 40 films alongside great Mexican stars like María Felix, Pedro Armendariz, Lola Beltrán, and Amalia "La Tariácuri" Mendoza of Trio Tariácuri. His constant visibility in films also helped ensure a steady stream of hits, including several songs written by José Alfredo Jimenez, including "Perla," "Cuatro Caminos," and "Alma de Acero." His versions of several traditional rancheras are also well known, including "Hay Unos Ojos," "Paloma Negra," "La Malagueña," "Cucurrucucu Paloma," "El Jinete," and "Canción Mixteca."
Miguel Aceves Mejía (November 15, 1915 – November 6, 2006) was a Mexican actor, composer, and singer.
Miguel Aceves Mejía, or "the King of the falsetto" as he was popularly known, was born in Ciudad Juárez in the state of Chihuahua. He became a popular Mexican film star during its golden age and was widely regarded for his interpretations of various Mexican musical folkloric genres, particularly the ranchera.
Originally part of a traveling theater company, Aceves began recording for the first time in 1938 with the trio Los Porteños. At the beginning of his career he interpreted mainly boleros, tangos, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. During his career he recorded more than 1000 songs on 90 discs and starred in over 60 films.
Among his greatest hits are La Barca de Guaymas, El Pastor, La del Rebozo Blanco, Se Me Hizo Fácil, Yo Tenía un Chorro de Voz, Vaya con Dios, La Malagueña Salerosa, El Jinete, El Crucifijo de Piedra and Cuatro Caminos. He was noted for composing such songs as El Pescado Nadador and O, Gran Dios, even though his forté was primarily as a singer in his own right.
Following the rise to popularity of Jalisco-born ranchera singer, David Záizar. Mejía's status as "the King of the falsetto" was given to Záizar by the public.
In 1945, Aceves began dedicating himself solely to singing and, following the deaths of Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete, ventured into the world of cinema.
In 1959 he appeared in Amor se dice cantando.
Aceves died just a few days short of his 91st birthday on November 6, 2006 in Mexico City. As is tradition in Mexico, his body lay under the rotunda of the Palacio de las Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) in Mexico City. This honour is reserved for only the greatest Mexican figures of arts and letters.