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Ángel Agustín María Carlos Fausto Mariano Alfonso del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Lara y Aguirre del Pino (October 30, 1897 - November 6, 1970) was a Mexican composer.


Lara was born in Tlacotalpanmarker, Veracruzmarker. Later, the Lara family had to move again to Mexico Citymarker, establishing their house in the borough of Coyoacánmarker. After Lara's mother died, Agustín and his siblings lived in a hospice run by their aunt, Refugio Aguirre del Pino. It was there that he had his first contact with music.

Lara's first musical composition was "Marucha," written in honor of one of his first love. In 1927 he already was working in cabarets. He subsequently moved to Pueblamarker, but returned to Mexico City in 1929. That same year he started working for the tenor Juan Arvizu as composer and accompanist. In September 1930, Lara began a successful radio career. At the same time he acted and composed songs for such films as Santa.

Lara's first tour in Cubamarker,in 1933, was a failure because of political turmoil on the island. Later, more successful tours in South America, as well as such new compositions as "Solamente Una Vez" (composed in Buenos Airesmarker and dedicated to José Mojica), "Veracruz", "Tropicana", and "Pecadora" increased his fame.

By the beginning of the 1940s, Lara was well-known in Spain. In 1965, the Spanish Caudillo, Francisco Franco, gave him a house in Granadamarker to show his appreciation of Lara's songs with Spanish themes, such as "Toledo","Cuerdas de mi Guitarra","Granada", "Seville", and "Madrid". He received additional honors and decorations from around the world.

In 1968, Lara's health began to decline rapidly; an accident that fractured his pelvis further aggravated his condition. On November 6, 1970, Agustín Lara died. He was buried in the Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustresmarker of the Panteón de Doloresmarker in Mexico Citymarker. At the time of his death, Lara had written more than 700 songs.

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