Beltrán (Alcayaga), Lola [María Lucila ]
- Donald A. Henriques
[María Lucila ]
(b El Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico, March 7, 1932; d Mexico City, March 25, 1996). Mexican singer. She was one of seven children born to a working-class family. She began singing at an early age for church services and at family celebrations. In 1953 she traveled to Mexico City to search for work in the secretarial field. As luck would have it, Beltrán was hired as member of the office staff at Radio XEW. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán performed regularly on XEW, and after persistent requests, Beltrán was allowed to sing with them. As a result, her career path radically changed, and she became the most famous female mariachi singer of her generation.
Beltrán recorded works by the most notable Mexican songwriters of the era including Agustín Lara and José Alfredo Jiménez, and her interpretations of songs such as “Cucurrucucu paloma” and “Paloma negra” are classics within the mariachi repertory. As the premier ...