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José Alfredo Jiménez Mausoleum

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The Songs Never Sleep

Surely the king of the ranchero style of music in the mid-20th century, José Alfredo Jiménez sang romantic songs - with a frank sense of an unprincipled lover - that made him one of the most famous musicians of his time. With his hundreds, perhaps as many as a thousand, songs to his name, this man is still - is "worshiped" too strong a word? - throughout Mexico for his dangerous music of love.

Now set to rest in a mausoleum, his remains lay under a gigantic hat, his trademark costume. Covered in locally made colorful talavera tiles, they bear the titles of his most famous songs. The epitaph on the mausoleum is "La vida no vale hada" - "Life is worth nothing."

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