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Rigo Tovar, “The idol of the masses”, will be honored in Los Pinos with a free concert

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Rigo Tovar, the singer born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas will have a tribute in Los Pinos. (PHOTO: Pedro Valtierra/CUARTOSCURO.COM)

The Los Pinos Cultural Complex is the venue for the tribute to one of the great musicians in the history of Mexico, Rigo Tovar, which will take place this August 27 at 4:00 p.m. at La Casa Miguel Alemán. It’s about a free concert organized by the Ministry of Culture in Mexico to celebrate 50 years of the origin of the group movement in Mexico.

In the great event will participate Gibrán Tovar, son of the singer and the legendary group Costa Azul who will be in charge of enlivening the musical heritage of the great Rigo Tovar.

"My dear Matamoros, I will never be able to forget you", the Ministry of Culture invites you to remember one of the most iconic artists in Mexico in the tribute to Rigo Tovar made by Gibran Tovar and Los Costa Azul. (Photo: Ministry of Culture)
“My dear Matamoros, I will never be able to forget you”, the Ministry of Culture invites you to remember one of the most iconic artists in Mexico in the tribute to Rigo Tovar made by Gibran Tovar and Los Costa Azul. (Photo: Ministry of Culture)
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Rigo Tovar, the man behind the legend who with sympathy and talent became a Mexican tropical music icon. Born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Rigoberto Tovar García From a young age he was interested in music because his father had a municipal band in his hometown.

The “idol of the masses” had a very humble childhood due to his large family, which was made up of his parents and his 9 brothers, however, his mother gave him a small guitar with which he began to compose his first melodies. It should be remembered that before devoting himself entirely to music Tovar worked as a welder, bartender and waiter in a Texas restaurant.

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Rigo’s most memorable hits are “El Sirenito” and “Mi Matamoros Querido”, being the first of them the one that gave him another nickname. As well as “Rigo is love”, which was an advertising slogan that emerged and with which he stayed after an announcer took on the task of carefully reading the lyrics of his songs.

According to official data, the singer-songwriter managed to sell more than 30 million copiesfor which he came to be compared by his ardent fans with the very The Doors vocalist Jim Morrison.

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The creator of “Who Pompó” took advantage of a trip to London for health reasons and recorded part of one of his albums at the famous Abbey Road studio. (PHOTO: Pedro Valtierra/CUARTOSCURO.COM)

Unfortunately, the entire career of an idol comes to an end and Rigo Tovar came to him with a terrible assessment of his health. The singer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an illness that he attributed to the work he did as a young man as a welder in Texas. This eye condition damages the back wall of the eye and is degenerative in nature, causing severe vision loss. There is no effective treatment for this condition, which is why Rigo used his characteristic sunglasses to protect his vision. Sadly, a few years after his illness began, on March 27, 2005 passed away at the age of 58 due to respiratory arrest.

A possibly unknown fact about Rigo is the trip he made to LondonEngland, for various reasons, among which were a strange eye disease and the mission of Record a Disc in the same studio where, years before, The Beatles performed some of their biggest hits.

Due to the non-existent cure in those years, his doctor recommended that he look for a treatment in London that would help him improve his quality of life. It was then that the “idol of the crowds” undertook the journey to the other side of the pond. He was accompanied by Cesar Alejandro Herrera, Efren Solis, Max Salazar and Juan Manuel Puebla, members of his band Blue Coast. The creator of “Who Pompo” took advantage of his stay in English lands and composed some songs, in addition to planning the recording of his seventh studio album, neither more nor less than in the famous studio abbey road.

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