October 30, 1897 – Birthdate of Agustín Lara, Mexican singer-songwriter and actor.
Lara is recognized as one of the most popular songwriters of his era. His work was widely appreciated not only in Mexico but also in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain. After his death, he has also been recognized in the United States, Italy and Japan.
Notable performers of his work include Pedro Vargas who was a friend, Pedro Infante, Javier Solis, Julio Iglesias, Manuel Mijares, Vicente Fernandez, Luis Miguel, Perez Prado, and Natalia Lafourcade among others.
Outside the Spanish speaking world, his most famous songs are certainly “Granada” and “Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart)“, which have both been recorded by numerous international singers, among whom Caruso, Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, and many others.
In 1971, Correos de Mexico, the postal authority of Mexico, issued a stamp honoring Lara: