In this weeks edition of Flashback Fridays we turn our attention to El Rey de La Cancion Ranchera, Vicente Fernandez and one of his most recognizable songs “Volver, Voler.” This song is about a long lost love in which the singer is yearning to return to but is coming to grips with the reality that this will never happen. The song itself is a short one but the lyrics, combined with the power and passion in which “Chente” puts into it has left such an impression in Ranchera music that it is one, if not the most popular song in the artist’s impressively long discography.
Written by Fernando Z Maldonado, this song has been covered time again by artists such as Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas, Spanish Latin Grammy Nominee Concha Buika, Chicano Rock band Los Lobos, multi-platinum artist Lucero, as well as Vicente Fernandez’ own son, Alejandro Fernandez, but none have been able to leave an impression the way Vicente Fernandez has.
With his trademark “Charro” suit, wide brimmed hat, and accompaniment of Mariachi, Chente has performed in the largest and most prestigious venues in the world. In a career spanning five decades he has also countless awards and recognition throughout the entertainment industry, as well as regularly topping the charts throughout this journey. Chente claims to have 300 unreleased songs, meaning there are a possible 30 more albums that have yet to be released even after retiring. So here’s to looking forward to more of El Rey de La Cancion Ranchera. Like fine wine, he only gets better with time!