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Chevela Vargas, Have You Seen This? Lesbian Latina Singer RIP

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She was the godmother of Ranchera. Now she is a legend leaving her music to live on in her stead. Vargas was a rough and tumble lady of the ranch in a time when ladies didn't do those things, like wear jeans, drink and all of that man stuff. Despite popular criticism, Vargas lived life like a tiger and her legend will continue in her stead.

Some think she is of Mexican descent because of the country songs she was fond of belting out.  Not true.  Vargas was born in San San Joaquin De Flores, Costa Rica as Isabel Vargas Lizano.  She adopted a common name for the formal name Isabel, Chevela.

Jose Alfredo Jimenez, one of the godfathers of ranchera music, convinced Chevela to do her first album as he performed with her.  It was to be one of over 80 albums.  Her raspy voice and insistence on living like a true Latina ranch woman made her a near instant hit within the Latino community.  Her admission she was a lesbian at the age of 83, while being controversial, didn't seem to cost her any fans.

Chavela passed away at the age of 93 after being admitted to the hospital in Cuernavaca, Morlos, Mexico for heart and respiratory problems.


RIP Chevela Vargas



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