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Ricardo Aguirre

Ricardo Jose Aguirre Gonzalez, was born in Maracaibo, May 9, 1939 and died in the same city, November 8, 1969. Teacher of primary education , radio announcer (1962) and musician . He was identified with his people, expressed in the protest songs, with a unique and unmistakable voice, that worth the name to him of the Monumental of the Gaita, baptized by the gaitero critic Dr Octavio Urdaneta.

He recorded the first gaitas in 1963: Golpe Tradicional of Rixio Aguirre, Gaita, Gaita of Pedro Colina and Gaitas Tradicionales of Luis Ferrer and Rixio Aguirre. With this group he has many successful songs, like: La Parrandera, La Bullanguera, Vieja y Famosa, Madre, Los Piropos, Mi Danza, La Gaita del 65, Reina Morena, Mi Chinata, Imploracion and La Boda del cachicamo.

In 1967, as a result of differences between the members of Cardenales del Exito, Ricardo Aguirre went to the gaita group Saladillo. With them he recorded: El Indolente, Ronda Antanona, La Cantarina, La Flor de la Habana (1 and 2), Dos Madres Antanonas, and La Grey Zuliana (1968). On this recording, according to Arnoldo Hernandez Oquendo, the music and the intro of the gaita belong to Ricardo Aguirre, but the lyrics to Marcial Valbuena, in addition was introduced to this song for the first time in a gaita a Bass guitar. This gaita became the anthem of the gaita zuliana.

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