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Vicente Fernández could have a street in LA to his name

Vicente Fernández, the Mexican singer, actor and cultural icon who died in December at the age of 81, could bear his name on a street in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood.

Los Angeles City Council member Kevin de León brought forward a motion at the end of Wednesday’s council meeting to rename Bailey Street between First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in honor of the man known as ‘El Rey, the king of the ranchera.

“Sadly, with the council vacation in December, we didn’t have the opportunity to recognize this cultural icon, whose music and talent impacted generations of Latinos, not only in his homeland, the Mexico, but around the world, ”said De León. then said he decided to adjourn Wednesday’s meeting in honor of Fernandez as well.

For those who don’t know the performer, De León compared Fernández to Frank Sinatra. His awards and accolades are too numerous to mention, ”said the politician, citing Fernández’s multiple Grammys and Latin Grammys as well as his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“His legacy is not just the music he made,” said the city councilor, “but the memories we have all been able to create by listening to the music he created and shared with us.”

After proposing to rename the street, De León delivered his message in Spanish, calling Fernández the “jefe de jefe. “He also noted that Los Angeles is the city with the second largest Mexican population in the world, after Mexico City alone and ahead of Guadalajara and Tijuana.

Fans gather on December 12 around the Vicente Fernández star on Hollywood Boulevard.

(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

The street to be renamed is east of Mariachi Plaza in Los Angeles, a community center where Mariachi musicians have traditionally gathered to look for work. The square celebrated its 30th anniversary with a celebration in 2019.

Surrounded by freeways I-5, I-10 and 101 in the middle of the East LA interchange, Mariachi Plaza is north of First Street, between North Boyle Avenue and Bailey Street, in a part of the city that has been predominantly Latin for decades .

The artist surnamed Chente fell on his ranch in the Mexican state of Jalisco and injured his spine in August, and when his death came months later, it was the end of an era.

Fans traveled to Mariachi Plaza after Fern’ández died, knowing that others would congregate there.

Musician Sergio Olvera told The Times in December that he was grateful to Fernández. For a few hundred dollars an hour, he said, a mariachi band like his could be hired to play covers of Fernández’s songs for birthdays and weddings.

“Vicente Fernández gave us a lot of work,” said Olvera, adding: “He was a fighter. A tireless fighter for his profession.

Times editor Paloma Esquivel contributed to this report.

Los Angeles Times

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