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El Rey by George Strait

Album: TwangReleased: 2009
  • George Strait sings this Mexican folk song completely in Spanish. The Mariachi standard is played frequently on radio stations across Mexico and in Border States. Strait said in publicity materials: "I've loved Mariachi music for years, and although I'm not fluent in Spanish, I've been trying to get better. 'El Rey' has been a favorite song of mine for years, and I request it every chance I get. So I decided to give it a shot. What a blast that was. I had a version by the great Vicente Fernandez. I played it for the guys, and we worked it out. I think it turned out great, and I hope the real Mariachis like it. That will be the real test."
  • Mexican singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez wrote the song and originally recorded it. Jiménez was a constant presence on the music charts of Mexico from his 1950 breakthrough hit "Yo," until his death from hepatitis in 1973.
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Comments: 2

"El Rey" is translated as "The King". A much fitted name.William - San Antonio, Tx
I have to say that when I first heard that George Strait had a song in Spanish, I was very shocked and a little skeptical about how it would sound, because he does not sound like someone you'd hear doing a song in Spanish. Then when I heard it, I was even more shocked that he could actually do it, and how successfully he pulled it off. I am a big fan of Strait's music. I am pretty fluent in Spanish, not as much as I would like to be, but I know it well enough that I can pick up on the pronunciation of the accent and tell if someone's pronouncing the words right. That is why I was skeptical at first about Strait's covering this song. Then I heard it and man it's great. Anybody who hasn't heard it should give it a listen. It is a whole different side of George you wouldn't expect.Garrett - Phenix City, Al