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The late Juan Gabriel left his devoted fans devastated upon his passing on August 28, 2016. The internationally known Mexican artist's flamboyant style broke many barriers in Latin music through his lyrics of love and heartbreak in ballads, romantic Latin pop and vibrant mariachi music.
His press office released a statement announcing his death, "He has passed on to become part of eternity and has left us his legacy through Juan Gabriel, the character created by him for all the music that has been sung and performed all around the world."
The 2016 Latin American Music Awards featured an emotional tribute to Gabriel in October. He left 15 albums and more than 1,800 songs as his legacy--his music lives on.
Juan Gabriel's background
The youngest of 10 children, Alberto Aguilera Valadez, who later took the name Juan Gabriel, wrote his first song at the age of 13. He debuted at age 15 on Noches Rancheras, a popular Notivisa television show, under the name AdՍn Luna. He sang on the show, and, within a year, began singing in bars. After his third attempt at fame and fortune in Mexico City, and a year in prison due to a false robbery charge, Gabriel met singer/actress La Prieta Linda and his luck changed. After signing with RCA Victor, he released his first studio album, El Alma Joven, which went gold. His debut single from the album No Tengo Dinero (I Don't Have Money) was his first hit.
Gabriel worked with numerous Mexican and American artists through his career, including Lucha Villa and Paul Anka. Numerous artists covered his songs. His top hits were "Hasta Que Te Conoci" ("Until I Met You"), "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love") and "Querida" ("Dear"), which topped Mexico's music charts for a year.
The emotional lyrics and beauty of Gabriel's music took him to greater heights as his career blossomed. His 1984 album Recuerdos, Vol. II sold more than eight million copies. It is Mexico's all time best-selling album. Numerous awards followed, including induction into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2003. His last four albums reached No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Top Latin Albums; the last hit No. 1 the week before his death.
Juan Gabriel's charity work
Gabriel used his fame to help children--10 to 12 benefit concerts every year provided funding for children's homes. He often posed with his enthusiastic fans at the concerts for a fee and sent the proceeds to Mexican orphanages. He also founded a home for orphans and underserved children in 1987, perhaps remembering his own difficult childhood and years in boarding school. Semjase is located in Ciudad JuՍrez, Chihuahua.
Gabriel also gave three concerts at the Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) in 1990. His was the first non-classical act to appear in that venue. Mexico's National Symphony Orchestra benefited from the sold-out concerts. Juan Gabriel Live from the Palace of Fine Arts was his only album recorded between 1986 and 1994.
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