Biography

There are two Latinas known by this name: one from Mexico and another from Peru.

1. Maria de luz Flores (May 23, 1906-June 25, 1944), better known as Lucha Reyes, was a famous Mexican mariachi singer and actress. She was a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco. She used the last name Reyes as a homage to her stepfather.

Reyes had a very poor childhood. In 1917, she and her mother moved to Mexico City. By 1919, she began singing during circus acts. At the young age of thirteen, she had begun to make some money with her voice, and to meet some of that era’s most popular Mexican singers. Reyes went on tour in 1920 to Los Angeles, where she would become an icon among the local Hispanics. She made a duo with Nancy Torres, and decided to stay in Los Angeles. In 1924, she returned to Mexico.

In 1934, she married producer Felix Martin Cervantes, and she made her first movie, “Cancion del Alma” (“Song of the Soul”).

Between 1937 and 1943, she made six movies, acting with Pedro Armendariz (twice), Dolores del Río, Jorge Negrete, Flor Silvestre and Consuelo del Alba, among others.

Lucha Reyes’ death was a mysterious one. Her alcoholism problem had become worse, and she had begun to use other drugs. She was found dead after taking tequila and some pills, she committed suicide, this was due to her failing health, she was just 38. She has a statue in ‘Mariachi Plaza’ in East Los Angeles, California.


2. Lucila J. Sarsines Reyes (July 19, 1936 - October 31, 1973), was a Peruvian performer and one of the most respected singers of her country, one of Peru’s most famous Afro-Peruvian personalities as well as a symbol of Peruvian nationalism both in Peru and to expatriates.

Cantante peruana conocida en el ambiente musical como: Lucha Reyes, o también con los seudónimos: “La Morena de Oro del Perú”, “La Reina de la Popularidad”. Nacida en un hogar humilde, tanto su infancia como su juventud estuvieron marcadas por el dolor y las desventuras, pasando desde la pobreza a la mendicidad.

La familia de la pequeña Lucha Reyes, ocupó un pequeño cuarto en el antiguo y tradicional barrio limeño de “Barrios Altos”, famoso por sus cantores y guitarristas. Allí se congregaban Felipe Pinglo, “El Cholo” Nicolás, Pedro Espinel, “El Mono” Olivo, Reynaldo Adrianzén, Samuel Joya, los hermanos Zapata y otros. En ese ambiente Lucha reyes fue saturando su espíritu con las melodías criollas de antaño. Dueña de una voz incomparable, fue la reyna indiscutible de la música criolla desde los años 60 hasta entrados los 70, dejando canciones inolvidables como “Regresa”, “Tu Voz”, “Una Carta al Cielo” y la emblemática “Mi Última Canción”, entre tantas otras.

Lucha Reyes, “La morena de oro del Perú”, quizás una de las cantantes peruanas más queridas, murió paradójicamente el 31 de Octubre de 1973, día en que todos los años se celebra en el Perú “El día de la canción criolla”, música a la que dedicó su vida.

Edited by E-Clect-Eddy on 29 Aug 2010, 00:09

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