Like so many of you, I grew up listening and singing the lyrics of timeless songs by the legendary, music genius Juan Gabriel. Songs like Querida, Abrázame Muy Fuerte, y Así Fué are cemented in my heart and soul. The sudden news of his death yesterday was heartbreaking.
Juan Gabriel’s music transcended generations, race, and class boundaries–his songs were played at children’s birthday parties and the wedding anniversaries of retirees. His songs united us in times of joy and heartbreak. He was a genius, a legend among legends. In his 45-year career, Juan Gabriel sold more than 100 million records. He penned songs across genres and styles–including rancheras with mariachi, ballads, and pop. El Divo de Juarez, Juan Gabriel led Billboard magazine’s Top Latin Albums charts five times in just the past 18 months!
As one Latina news anchor put it, “we lost our Prince, our Bowie, our Elton John” in one day.
He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
To all of our volunteers who signed up to be part of the voter registration drive at his concert in Fresno, we will be in touch with you with more information on what we can do together to honor our great, legendary Juan Gabriel.
With heavy hearts,
Jacqueline and the LCF Family