The singer, who was Pepe Aguilar’s aunt and Flor Silvestre’s sister, became part of the select group of great female exponents of the traditional Mexican songbook such as Lucha Villa, Lola Beltrán, and her sister Flor Silvestre. She died at the age of 88 of natural causes.
Queta Jiménez, one of the best Mexican regional singers of the second half of the last century, died on Tuesday, September 21 at the age of 88 due to natural causes, according to Televisa.
Known as’ La Prieta Linda ”due to her cinnamon-colored skin, Enriqueta Jiménez Chabolla began her artistic career as a teenager, almost at the end of the period known as the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, and became part of the select group of greats. female exponents of the traditional Mexican songbook such as Lucha Villa, Lola Beltrán, and her sister Flor Silvestre.
The interpreter born in Salamanca, Guanajuato, died at her home in Mexico City, the television station reported through Twitter.
“We are sad, hurt, but the truth after my dad left, we spent it together. We really enjoyed it. I just wish you a safe journey. She made him want life. We are dedicated to traveling and walking it. We really enjoyed it, ”said her daughter Velia Vieyra Jiménez to a Televisa program.
After making her debut at the Mariscala Theater at the age of 14, she began to sing in the Plaza Garibaldi, in Mexico City, where she met Silvestre Vargas, director of Mariachi Vargas, who gave him the first opportunity to sing with a group, according to her Biography presented to the United States Congress in May 1996.
“On one occasion I asked permission to sing with Garibaldi’s mariachis. A person, listening to me, paid me two pesos and at that moment my artistic career began because I realized (of) that I would live on, ”the interpreter told El Universal in September 2001.
Then she met Lola Beltrán, who helped her record her first album.
During her long career, she recorded 34 albums such as ‘Mexicanísimo’ and ‘Adiós Amor, Adiós mi Amor te vas’, achieving hits such as ‘El quihúbole’, ‘Thousand chains’ and ‘Al ver’, according to news reports. It was also the “cornerstone” of the program ‘Siempre en Domingo’, hosted for decades by Raúl Velasco.
Her talent crossed borders and came to sing in 60 countries, including prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In 1981 he also hosted her own special on the ABC network, in the United States, called ‘The international show of La Prieta Linda’, aimed at the Mexican-American community.
She also sang at special events attended by Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, President Felipe of Spain, French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle, and various Mexican leaders.
Like many singers of her time, she also stood out in the cinema, participating in more than 30 films such as’ Es mi vida ‘, Valentín de la Sierra’ and ‘Los alegres Aguilares’.
“Complete artist, emblematic woman, the legend of Mexican music. This is how Enriqueta Jiménez, La Prieta Linda, will be remembered ”, said Televisa.
But she is perhaps best remembered for having interceded to get Juan Gabriel out of jail and support him early in her career.
“When I looked at him, he was a skinny boy. They introduced him to me and as soon as she looked at me, she said: ‘I wanted to see you’. She started crying and so did I,” Queta recalled in an interview with Ventaneando, shortly after that the Divo de Juárez died in August 2016.
Queta had just been celebrated “big” in July for its 88th birthday, according to El Heraldo.
Although she was the sister of Flor Silvestre, Queta shone with her own light in the cinema and on stage, according to experts.
“Coming from one of the most representative families of the ranchero genre, Queta Jiménez shone with her own light and around the world thanks to her voice and her delivery on stage,” said Televisa.
Queta is Pepe Aguilar’s aunt and Angela Aguilar’s great-aunt. Flor Silvestre, the wife of Antonio Aguilar, died in November of last year at the age of 90.