Among the great themes of inspiration for creation, love and heartbreak continue to be the main ones, and a clear example has been given throughout the past year and the beginning of this year by the Colombian Shakirawhich began warming up with its songs “I congratulate you” y “Monotony”to finish off this week with an overwhelming success with “Music Sessions #53”; but despite everything she is not doing anything new, In Mexico we have the greatest interpreter of songs for the sore for 50 years, it is the legendary Paquita la del Barrio.
The life of Francisca Viveros Barradasreal name of paquitaIt has not been easy at all and from a very early age she has had to face many difficulties, beginning with the poverty with which she grew up in her native Alto Lucero, Veracruz, which led her to study only primary education while working herding cattle or selling food , to help support your home.
Thomas Nurserys, who was the third partner of his mother Barred Aurora y her father was the first man who disappointed herDue to the fact that he was a married man, for which reason he did not see his illegitimate daughter, it was not until he was 12 years old that he was able to meet him, but instead of being happy to see him, he ran away from him so as not to see him again.
The first of many disappointments in love
The first blow that life gave him in love was at the age of 16, when he started working at the Civil Registry of his town, where he met Miguel Gerardo Martineztreasurer of the Municipal Palace, who was 28 years older than her and who would become her first husband.
Although they were married and had two children Miguel y Javier, Paquita discovered very late that he was married, yet she decided to be “the other one” and stayed with him for seven years.but due to how unhappy she was, she decided to leave him and return to the maternal home, taking her little ones with her.
When in 1970 he moved to Mexico City to try his luck as a singer alongside his sister Violawith whom he formed the duet The swallowsone of the places where they were given the opportunity to test their talent, was the restaurant The Northern Campfirewhere she met her second husband Alfonso Martinezwith whom he managed to build his own business in the Guerrero neighborhood, called paquita house and start his career as an interpreter formally.
But before success came to her, she had to face three hard blows, the deaths of her mother, her twins and the betrayal of her husband, since he found out that The man had been cheating on her with another woman for years and they even had a 12-year-old daughter; because of this paquita he began to sing songs of spite and it is in this period when his famous phrase arises “Are you listening to me useless?”when on one occasion Alfonso He came back from his usual weekends gone and she was singing “Blank check” on the scene of the place, and from there he threw the rings he had in his hand while he yelled this phrase, taking out all his courage and frustration.
Finally Alfonso Martinez He leaves her in 2001 and goes with his other wife, with whom he lived until his death in 2004.
Topics like “I cheated on you three times”, “Poor little pistol”, “Old Green Tail”, “May your dog forgive me”, “Say hello to yours”, “pleasant taco”to mention a few, are sweet melodies for the relief of many women who have dealt with betrayal, but without a doubt their most representative theme is “Two-legged rat”, which curiously was not written for a traitorous lover, but for a former president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortarias explained Eduardo Toscanoauthor of this song.
Although this topic was a criticism of the politics of this former public servant, in the voice of Paquita of the neighborhood it became almost a hymn to heartbreak and betrayal.
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