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Friday nite video (something old, something not quite so old)

27 April 2007

Whether you prefer the traditional version from Veracruz (as performed by “Son Jarocha”)  … 

… or the Americanized version (“Los Lobos”)…

La Bamba  still has a good beat you can dance to after 324 years. 

According to John Todd Jr., La Bamba topped the charts in 1683 Veracruz — it was a catchy tune you could dance to, while lampooning  both Spanish authorities and the Jarocha draftees who were expected to protect the port of Veracruz from pirates.

Yo no soy marinaro… soy capitan!

No soy marinaro… soy capitan!

The old anti-draft song got a makeover in the late 1940s, when Miguel Alemán (originally from Veracruz state) adopted it for his 1946 presidential campaign:  the upbeat music fit the upbeat postwar mood, and the future prosperty under the Institutional Revolution.  

A few years later, slightly north of the Mexican border, on the other coast, Richie Valens added a few more stylistic changes… kept the optimism but dropped the political nonsense, and invented it once again. 

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