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Latino Daily News

Thursday April 18, 2013

Chavela Vargas Honored on Her 94th Birthday with a Google Doodle

Google has honored Mexican singing icon Chavela Vargas with a Google Doodle on what would of been her 94th Birthday.

Vargas - whose real name was Isabel Vargas Lizano – was born in Costa Rica using her nickname, Chavela, to perform.  She was known for her interpretation of ranchera songs and introduced herself to American audiences in a groundbreaking appearance at Carnegie Hall when she was 83.  Her haunting song “Paloma Negra” was featured in Salma Hayek’s “Frida” movie.  In 2007 she was honored with a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In her hey-day Vargas was rumored to have had a lesbian relationship with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.  Chavela took all her secrets to the grave when she died on August 5, 2013 succumbing to respiratory and kidney failure at 93-years-old.