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Cancioneros

Cancioneros are song books produced by record companies or other businesses to promote and advertise their product. As well as offering lyrics to current and classic songs, the  books often contain photographs, biographies and articles about the artists, composers, and the music.

These cancioneros are in the Chris Strachwitz Collection at the Arhoolie Foundation.

A note by Chris Strachwitz on the Ideal and El Fronterizo cancioneros.

I was lucky to get these from the office of the Ramirez brothers, sons of Arnaldo Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez had been the owner of Falcon Records and had recently passed away when I met the brothers. I made a deal to buy some of the Falcon master tapes, the log books, contracts, photos (unfortunately not of the earlier artists that appear in these cancioneros), original 78s, catalogs, and these cancineros.

In regard to the cancioneros I just like to point out that in the case of songs written by Tomas Ortiz where you might find some corrections inserted in pencil, I believe Tomas made those himself. Sr. Ortiz was also the A&R person in charge of supervising many local musicians when they recorded for Falcon. I believe the texts were written down by unknown scribes by listening to the records or from hand written sheets given to them by the composers. So, you may find discrepancies if you listen to some of the songs. Also note that many corridos in mid 20th century were still about very regional figures.

— Chris Strachwitz, May 28, 2020

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Cancionero Ideal

Produced by Discos Ideal to feature their recording artists and songs.

Año-1, Núm-1

Carmen y Laura

Matilde y Miguel

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Año-1, Núm-8.

C 1957

Featuring Pedro Infante on the cover and an article about his death. 

Los Campesinos de la Frontera

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Año-2 , Núm-16

Emma Aurora

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Cancionero El Fronterizo

Published by Basilio Villareal in Reynosa Mexcio.

Featuring almost exclusively artists and songs from Discos Falcon. The exception is Pedro Infante who was on Discos Peerless.

“CANCIONERO “EL FRONTERIZO” Is the only book of songs written in the Spanish language that made a hit and was published exclusively for the Spanish speaking people living in the United States and Northern part of Mexico. Every issue of Cancionero Fronterizo Contains: – Most popular songs of the month. – Favorite songs of yesterday. – Short biography of famous composer or artist. – Plus other features of general interest. “ –  from  Numero Especial

Año-1, Núm-1

Chelo Silva

Fronterizo Año 1 Núm. 1 Chelo Silva
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Año-1, Núm-4

Los Tres Reyes

Ramiro Cavazos Gutiérrez

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Año-1, Núm-7

1955

Marcelo Garcia

Los Reyes de la Polka

Aurelia Maria

Dueto Durango

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Año-1, Núm-10

Los Tres Reyes

Marcelo Garcia

Chelo Silva

Marcelo Becerra Gonzales X.E.J.N.

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Año-1, Núm-11

Pedro Infante

Los Alegres de Terán

 
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Año-1, Núm-12

Marcelo y Aurelia

Armando Gamboa Gonzales X.E.R.T

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Año-2, Núm-13

Nico Jiménez

Humberto Ruiz Oranday X.E.R.T.

Dueto Carta Blanca

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Año-2, Núm-14
Los Alegres de Terán
Marcelo y Aurelia
Chelo Silva
Los Tres Reyes
Los Hermanos Cárdenas
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Año-2, Núm-16
Juanita Garcia
José Luna Mancha X.E.J.N
Los Alegres de Terán
Hermanas Cantú
Chelo Silva
Marcelo y Aurelia
Pedro Infante
Rafael Ramirez
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Año-2, Núm-17

Jose Angel Carrillo “El Pollo”

Los Donneños

Tomás Ortiz

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Año-3, Núm-32

Jorge Sareli

Antonio Karam

Baldemar Huerta (Freddy Fender)

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Año-3, Núm-33

Los Codos

Los Adventureros del Valle

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Año-3, Núm-35
Julio Cesar
Los Adventureros del Valle
Lorenzo Caballero
Lalo Gonzalez “El Piporro”
Los Donneños
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Año-3, Núm-36
Los Donneños
Estela Reynolds
Ruben Vela
Los Huracanes de Teran
Pedro Ayala
Lorenzo Caballero
Lalo Gonzalez “El Piporro”
Fronterizo-Año 3 Núm.-36
Los Donneños
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Año-4, Núm-42
Rosita Quintana
Lalo Gonzalez “El Piporro” y Los Donneños
Dueto Continental
Irma Garza
Ruben Vela
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Año-5, Núm-54
Martín Rosales
Los Donneños – Mario Montes y Ramiro Cavazos
Long promotional article on radio station K.G.B.T. Featuring: Martin Rosales Jr, José Acosta, and Jesus de León,
 
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Año-5, Núm-55

Roberto Vargas
Martin Rosales
Paco Garate
El Compadre Fidel
María Alejandra
Dueto Estrella
Beto Villa
Los Caminantes

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Año-5, Núm-56

Roberto Vargas

Beto Villa

Farmer’ Garage – Edinburg, Texas

Núm. 56 Año-5 - 1959
Año-5, Núm-57
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Año-5, Núm-59

Tomas Ortiz

Los Alegres de Terán

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Año-5, Núm-60

Luis Pérez Meza

Marcelo y Aurelia

Estela Reynolds

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Año-5, Núm-61
Cristo Salinas
Hermanas Cantú
City Finance Co. Edinburg, Tx – Rafael C. Hinojosa, Josefa V. Olivares, Roberto B. Chávez
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Año-5, Núm-62

Rafael Ramirez

Romeo Flores Salinas

María Alejandra

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Año-5, Núm-63
Ruben Vela
Geremias Becerra
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Año-5, Núm-64
María Félix
Lydia Mendoza
Juanita Garcia
Ruben Vela
 
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Año-5, Núm-65
 Javier Solis
Yolanda Valdez
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Numero Especial

Agapito Zuñiga y sus Desveladores

Líctor Guzmán Cardoso

Luis Aguilar

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Radio Cancionero Mexicano

1941

Produced by a pharmaceutical company to promote their products Pulmotol, Runaton, Stomavita, Nostrisol, Limento Azteca, Femovita, Optosan, Quinogal, and beauty products under the brand name: Rosalinda.

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Radio y Canciones

Numero 23
Octubre 1951
Pedro Infante
Maria Victoria
Ava Gardner
Agustin Lara y Maria Feliz
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Numero 24

Noviembre y Deciembre 1951

 
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Cancionero Mexicano

Mauricio Calderon

Suplemento No. 12

Los Morenos

Calderon Music Co.

Repertorio Mexicano

Casa Mexicana

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