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.