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Chalino Sánchez

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Chalino Sánchez

Posted: 1215579854000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Sánchez,Vallejos,Felix,
Early life

Chalino Sánchez was born and raised to a poor family in Las Flechas , Sinaloa, Mexico. His father was Santos Sánchez, his mother Senorina Felix. He had seven siblings, Armando, Lazaro, Regulo, Lucas, Espiridion (El Indio) ,Francisco and Juana. Chalino experienced tragedies and poverty at the age of 6, when his father passed away, throwing his family into turmoil. His sister Juana was raped by a local mafioso who lived nearby, prompting Chalino to act angrily at the incident. He killed the man who raped his sister, and fled to El Norte or the U.S.

Arrival in the United States

In 1977, Chalino illegally migrated to the United States, accomplishing his route with the help of a local "pollero" (people smuggler) across the border of Baja California. Upon his arrival, he began working in the fields of Coachella and profiting from odd jobs given to him. While concentrating on his regular business, Chalino's sister, Juana Sánchez, introduced him to Marisela Vallejos Felix, who would later give birth to two of his children, Adán Chalino Sánchez Vallejos and Cynthia Sánchez Vallejos. Just as Chalino thought everything was going well, another tragedy occurred in his family when his brother, Armando Sánchez, was found murdered at a hotel. His brother was betrayed by a good friend of his. This event prompted Chalino to write and sing about tragedies, drug dealers and love songs.

Beginning of a new career

One day while at work, Chalino was introduced to a man by the name of Ángel Parra, who became interested in his musical talents after a small performance. Ángel Parra arranged Chalino for a meeting at his studio named, "Angel Studios", and began recording his first demo cassette with a norteño group named, Los Cuatro de la Frontera. While Chalino was in the studio, he recorded various corrido tunes such as Armando Sánchez (tribute song to his murdered brother), El Sapo , Beto López, and Los Sinaloenses. Ironically, Ángel Parra at first thought Chalino's voice was "unsuitable" for basic norteño music; after Chalino recorded his first demo, his popularity began to grow in the Mexican American community.

By 1989, Chalino was recognized throughout California and requests were piling for him to sing in various venues, in which he was usually paid in various manners, including cash, clothing, vehicles and weapons.

Rising fame

Chalino performed in various locations and venues such as El Parral Nightclub, El Farallón, Keystone Ford Show and Noches de Taconazo. By this time he switched bands and formed Los Amables del Norte, producing some of his best songs. He signed with numerous record labels such as Discos Linda, Cintas Acuario, RR, Balboa Records Edimusa, and Musart.


On May 15, 1992, Chalino was offered a large contract to perform in a village called La Presita, near Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. While he was performing on stage, Chalino received a death threat note. After his performance, Chalino informed his staff and manager about the threat and was told to seclude himself at a nearby residence for the night.

On May 16, 1992, Chalino was being transported in a Chevy Suburban through the streets of Culiacán. After about 20 minutes, the Suburban was driving near a secluded location when an unmarked PFP Federal Police Vehicle intercepted them and forced them to the side. At approximately 12:30 in the morning, Chalino's lifeless body was discovered on the side of a road with two gunshot wounds to the back of the head. The next day, newspapers in Sinaloa read, "Chalino Sánchez, Secuestrado, y Ejecutado" (Chalino Sánchez, Kidnapped and Executed).

Chalino Sánchez was buried at "El Rancho Los Vacitos", in the small town of Las Tapias, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Mexican Chalino Sanchez (born Rosalindo Sanchez) was raised in a small village of Sinaloa and moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1977. In 1984 he married Marisela Vallejo, getting involved in popular music in 1989 after joining Los 4 de la Frontera, making a record in cassette format, produced by Angel Parra, soon performing live along with Nacho Hernández and Los Amables del Norte. After a shooting incident occurred in a small venue near Palm Springs, where Sanchez was performing live, his music started getting attention and, most importantly, radio play. Unfortunately, he was unable to enjoy the success of his music. On May 16, 1992, Chalino Sanchez was found dead. Sanchez was killed when he was just 31.
Chalino Sanchez

Chalino SanchezAKA Rosalino Félix Sánchez

Born: 30-Aug-1960
Birthplace: Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: 16-May-1992
Location of death: Culiacan, Mexico
Cause of death: Murder

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer

Nationality: Mexico
Executive summary: Prominent narcocorrido singer

Brother: Armando (d. 1984)
Brother: Espiridion
Wife: Marisela Vallejo (m. 1984)
Son: Adán Sánchez (d. 27-Mar-2004)

Shot Coachella, CA (2-Jan-1992)
Shot Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico (16-May-1992)
Mexican Ancestry

Is the subject of documentaries:
Chalino Sanchez: Una vida de peligros, 2004
After death and multimedia
A 2006 DVD Release entitled Una Vida de Peligros (A Life of Dangers) depicting the life, and death of Chalino Sánchez.
A 2006 DVD Release entitled Una Vida de Peligros (A Life of Dangers) depicting the life, and death of Chalino Sánchez.

After his death, his reputation as a Mexican folk hero grew and his music became popular, with many compilation albums being released in his honour. A list of Mexican artists and musicians began to imitate his legacy. Various artist came out with similar names, techniques and songs that Chalino produced throughout his career and lifetime; such people include El Chalinillo, El Narqillo, El As De La Sierra, Alex rodriguez with his fat brother known as "El gordo" and El Halcon de la Sierra.

The most complete account of Chalino's life, death and fans can be found in journalist Sam Quinones' book, True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2001).[1]

A further exploration of his life and work, and his connection to successors and imitators like El As De La Sierra and Lupillo Rivera can be found in Elijah Wald's Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns and Guerrillas. (Rayo/HarperCollins 2001) [2]

In the summer of 2006 a DVD titled Chalino Sánchez: Una Vida de Peligros (A Life of Dangers) was released to the public, providing descriptions of his origins, life, family, hardships and death.

[edit] Family Legacy

His son Adán Sánchez b.(April 14, 1984 - March 27, 2004), was a popular Mexican-American singer who died in a car accident in 2004. It was while touring in his father's home state of Sinaloa, Mexico on his way to a concert when the 1989 Ford Grand Marquis on 22's that he was traveling in blew a tire. According to police, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled. Adán sustained severe head injuries and died on the scene. Three other people were in the car, including Adán's manager Lorena Rodriguez, of Santa Ana, California. They were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

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