Juan Gabriel enters the Library of Congress

Juan Gabriel enters the Library of Congress

United States Congress have deemed the homage to Juan Gabriel, the Divo de Juarez, as an integral part of their cultural heritage.

Alberto Aguilera Valadez, known artistically as Juan Gabriel, is recognized for his unique talent in composing and performing, leaving an indelible legacy in the music industry, not only in Mexico but worldwide.

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From the beginning, he showed a profound interest in music, overcoming various adversities to pursue his passion. With hits like “No Tengo Dinero,” released in 1971, he quickly became an icon of Mexican music.

His career spanned over four decades, during which he produced a vast repertoire spanning various genres, from romantic ballads to rancheras and boleros. Songs like “La Diferencia,” “Querida,” “Hasta Que Te Conocí,” and “Abrázame Muy Fuerte” became timeless anthems in the Spanish-speaking world, transcending generations and borders.

“Amor Eterno”, an ode to memory

One of Juan Gabriel’s most emotive songs is “Amor Eterno,” a song that has touched many people with its profound expression of loss and eternal love.

Composed after the death of his mother in 1974, this song has become an anthem for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

First performed by Rocío Dúrcal in 1984, this emotional composition has been covered by various artists, but its meaning endures through time.

The inclusion of “Amor Eterno” in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress of the United States represents a tribute to Juan Gabriel’s career and cultural impact. This inclusion not only recognizes his importance in Latin music but also underscores his transnational influence and his ability to connect with audiences worldwide.

An honor to Juan Gabriel’s legacy

Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, highlighted the significance of this song, describing it as “a treasure” deserving preservation.

Furthermore, the recognition of other prominent figures such as ABBA, Biggie, Blondie, and Héctor Lavoe in the same registry highlights the diversity and richness of the nation’s recorded sound heritage.

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Iván Gabriel Aguilera, Juan Gabriel’s son, expressed his gratitude and emotion at this distinction, noting that his father would have been delighted to see one of his most emblematic compositions honored in this way.

For him, this inclusion is not only an honor but also a testament to his father’s enduring legacy and the lasting impact of his music on future generations.

What is the importance of the Library of Congress of the United States?

The Library of Congress of the United States, as the primary research institution of the legislative branch, plays a fundamental role in providing resources and informational support for members of Congress and their research teams.

Its extensive collection of materials ranges from historical documents to contemporary works, serving as a center for research and learning for scholars, students, and the general public.

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In addition to being a custodian of national memory, the library plays an active role in promoting literacy, education, and civic engagement through educational programs, exhibitions, and public events.

By preserving historical documents, records of significant events, and a wide variety of materials, the library promotes understanding and appreciation of national identity and cultural diversity. Its work influences multiple aspects of society, contributing to intellectual and cultural enrichment both nationally and internationally.

Adding a song to the Library of Congress of the United States signifies that its cultural and historical importance is recognized and considered worthy of preservation for future generations.

Do you have “Amor Eterno” by Juan Gabriel on your playlist?

Sources: Infobae, Jornada, El Financiero

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