Chayito Valdez (born María del Rosario Valdez Campos on May 28, 1945 in Orba, Guasave, Sinaloa) is a Mexican-born American singer and actress associated with the folk music of Mexico.
She started her music career at an early age participating in amateur competitions with songs such as "La Cigarra","Historia de un amor","La Bikina","Leña de Pirul". Her godmother was Amalia Mendoza, a successful singer known as "La Tariácuri", and in the early 1970s she recorded four songs the Sinaloan city of Los Mochis: "Besos y Copas", "Una Noche me Embriagué", "Una Sombra" and "Amor que Muere", which earned her a reputation as a Mexican folk singer. She won the fifth Festival de la Canción Ranchera with the song "No me pregunten por él". During her 30-year career she contributed over 300 hits and 1500 recorded songs to the Mexican musical heritage. Her musical legacy includes Corridos de Caballos (traditional Mexican ballads) such as "Caballo Prieto Afamado", "Caballo Prieto Azabache","El alazán y el Rocío", "El Cantador", "Caballo Tequila", "Caballo Alazán Lucero", "Los Dos Alazanes"; traditional songs such as "San Juan del Río", "Mi Soldadita", "La Gallera", "Lindo Michoacán","El Sinaloense","Sonora Querida", "Acuarela Potosina","Pelea de Gallos, etc. romantic boleros such as "Comprendeme", "Mía Nomás", "Sentencia", "Besos Callejeros", "No Vuelvas", "Ojazos Negros", and hundreds of other songs that are heard each day across all of Mexico, and parts of U.S. and Hispano America. Chayito appeared in Mexican television programs such as Siempre en Domingo, Noches Tapatías, El Estudio de Lola, Hoy mismo, Para gente Grande, Aun hay más, Nuestra Gente, etc., and in several films such as Caballo Prieto Afamado, Pasión por el Peligro, La Hija del Contrabando, En el camino Andamos, Hijos de Tigre, and in Beto Gómez's documentary Hasta el último trago….corazón.
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