In 1966, popular Mexican singer Javier Solis passed away unexpectedly, and within a span of three years, two of Mexico's other most prominent performers, Jorge Negrete, and Chente's boyhood idol, Pedro Infante had also passed away. Record companies quickly looked to Vicente to fill the void. Suddenly, CBS Mexico, which is now known as Sony Discos was calling Vicente to sign him to a record deal - even though they had turned him down several times during his stint in Mexico City. He signed anyway, and in 1966 he released "Perdoname," his first public recording. Chente began acting in 1971, and also composed a hit soundtrack and starred in the hit movie, "La Ley del Monte" in 1974. It was his biggest hit, and one of his most enduring songs, "Volver, Volver" was released in 1976, it was so big that it can still be heard playing from Lowrider speakers to this day. During the next 35 years, Vicente recorded a whopping 50 additional albums, all of which have been certified Gold or Platinum. He has won the Billboard Mexican Regional Male Artist of the Year five times, and has been nominated for a Grammy award as well. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an Arena in Guadalajara named after him, it's easy to see that Chente is equally adored among his American fan base as well as his Mexican fan base. If you're new to Vicente, a great place to start would be to pick up the album "Historio De Un Idolo Vol. 2" which contains hits like "Volver, Volver," "El Rey," and "Amor Eterno."
At 71 years of Age, Vicente Fernandez is still performing in arenas like Madison Square Garden, and still wowing fans with his amazing vocal talent and long-running live shows. He has more Billboard certifications that could ever fit on the walls of his home, yet it is not the awards that move him; it is his craft and cultural heritage. This is why he has been so well loved by his fans. In an era where narcissism and greed top most "wanna-be" entertainers' motives; Vicente is as dedicated to preserving Ranchera music and culture more than ever. He tells his crowd, "Mientras ustedes aplaudan yo les seguire cantando."If this is true, then it's safe to say that the Lowrider nation will never stop clapping for the King of Ranchera.