February 17 is an important date for show business in the country. In a strange but pleasant coincidence , that is the day that three of the most emblematic personalities of Mexico were born albeit in different years . Thus, Xavier López “ Chabelo” , Vicente Fernández and José José are remembered for their life anniversaries .
Born in 1935, Xavier López is best known for the character he played since 1956 in the musical Carrusel de Tío Gamboín program (Ramiro Gamboa ); that is, Chabelo Pastrana . From that moment on he was recognized in Mexico as the eternal 12-year-old boy who, with a high-pitched voice, always greeted people and made jokes. It was for 1967 that they gave him the golden opportunity: the conduction of the program En familia … con Chabelo.
Despite the fact that the game show had an attractive proposition , no one could have believed that it would not only be a resounding success, but also that it would become the longest running children's program in television history (as recognized by the Guinness record). Chabelo himself commented on this in the video he made where he announced the end : " As a family with Chabelo it began 48 years ago with a format that very few believed was going to last , and thanks to you it has lasted." It was not until December 20, 2015 that En familia had its last transmission .
However, Chabelo turns 86 in the middle of a controversy despite already being retired from the medium. It was during 2020 that the star of the eighties, Alexandra Beffer , pointed out that Xavier López tried to condition her in order to "help" her to return to television.
According to the actress, it was in 1995 when, in an attempt to lift her career, she auditioned for a television show produced by the children's comedian . When he spoke to him to ask for an opportunity, Xavier López hinted at him: “He asked me: 'How important is it for you to return to television?' , and I told him that it was very important, because he had the necessary preparation in the middle and that it would be a privilege for me to work with him , and he replied: 'It is up to you to return; a quickie and you're on the air. '”
Vicente Fernández was born in 1940 . The son of a rancher, he first made his way to restaurants in his native Jalisco and then sought his luck in cabarets in Mexico City. Despite his talent, no one expected that “el Chente” would become famous throughout the country (and beyond ) with his music. He was even able to work side by side with personalities like Raúl Velasco, Lucha Villa and Lola Beltrán.
It was in 2016 that he gave his last concert of his own at the Azteca Stadium for more than 100,000 people. That, of course, has not prevented him from having occasional stage appearances , but briefly and alongside his own. In 2020 , during a presentation in Guadalajara, Alejandro Fernández invited his father to sing a few songs together.
However, despite its long history, it does not remove the fact that, on this 81st birthday, Chente is involved in a scandal . At the beginning of this year, he became the target of criticism in networks when a photograph of the ranchera singer went viral. In this image, he can be seen in the company of female followers, but it is possible to see how Vicente placed his hand in the bosom of one of the young women. Hence, he is singled out for committing sexual harassment against his fans.
But that's not all. Recently, in the midst of the storm of attacks against the interpreter of Volver, Volver, the singer Lupita Castro joined . According to statements made in a video shared on networks, Vicente Fernández not only sexually harassed her , but “he did something more to me, more serious than that. My name is Lupita Castro, I am a singer. I don't want to take advantage of what is happening now ”.
José José , for his part, was born in 1948 . With a great musical influence on the part of his parents and, later, the jazz group Los Peg , José Rómulo Sosa Ortiza would reach one of the highest points of his career in 1970 . In that year he made one of his most remembered presentations: when he represented Mexico at the International Song Festival where he sang El triste.
From there, the interpreter of Amar y quiero would obtain national and worldwide recognition . They called him "Prince of Song" and even "Mr. Sold Out ” , his vocal ability was widely recognized and in fact he was the influence for Mexican musicians . However, José José's life would also be marked by several low points.
First of all because of his addictions . It was never a secret that the Prince of the song had alcohol problems and that he also used cocaine. Although he had times of sobriety, he stepped on rehabilitation centers more than once . In fact, he also faced depression problems , largely due to multiple health problems that José José developed throughout his life.
He suffered pneumonia , had a paralyzed diaphragm , had diabetes , had emphysema , suffered from Bell's palsy and even serious complications from gastritis . On September 28, 2019, José José died in Florida.
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