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Canciones de Mi Padre (or "Songs of My Father"\"My Father's Songs") is an album by Linda Ronstadt that was released on November 24, 1987 by Elektra\Asylum Records & Rhino Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Por Un Amor 3:01
  2. Los Laureles 2:29
  3. Hay Unos Ojos 2:47
  4. La Cigarra 3:49
  5. Tú Sólo Tú 3:12
  6. Y Andale 2:37
  7. Rogaciano El Huapanguero 3:06
  8. La Charreada 3:45
  9. Dos Arbolitos 2:36
  10. Corrido De Cananea 3:27
  11. La Barca De Guaymas 3:25
  12. La Calandria 3:03
  13. El Sol Que Tú Eres 2:59

Album BackgroundEdit

These canciones were a big part of Ronstadt's family tradition and musical roots.

The title "Canciones De Mi Padre" refers to a booklet that the University of Arizona published in 1946 for Linda Ronstadt's deceased aunt, Luisa Espinel, who had been an international singer in the 1920s. The songs come from Sonora and Ronstadt included her favorites on the album.

Also, Ronstadt has credited the late Mexican singer Lola Beltrán as an influence in her own singing style, and she recalls how a frequent guest to the Ronstadt home, Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero, father of Chicano music, would often serenade her as child with these songs.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Canciones De Mi Padre" became a hit, with US sales of 2½ million; it stands as the biggest selling non-English language album in American record history.

It was certified double-platinum by the RIAA for over 2 million copies sold in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Alanna Nash of Stereo Review wrote in her review of the album: "Ronstadt has proved in the past that she can cross over genre lines, but even with Mexican genes to back her up it's a big jump from Nelson Riddle to bandleader Ruben Fuentes, who stuffs trumpets into mariachi bands like pimentos into olives."

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