ICONS: FRANCISCO GABILONDO SOLER CRI CRI
What up guys, here is the quick history of Francisco Gabilondo Soler also known as Cri-Cri that I promised. He’s a true inspiration to all artist, I used to listen to his songs when I was little and sometimes you’ll catch me listening to it in my studio and at work, this came out when good children songs were made, not like the weird shit today. Read the Bio then visit the store for the Cri-Cri Shirt or visit Placita Olvera in Los Angeles.
(6 October 1907, Orizaba, Veracruz – 14 December 1990, Texcoco) was a Mexican composer of children’s songs. As a child, he delighted in stories by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen and taught himself to play piano. He entered the National Observatory in 1928 to study astronomy – although these studies were cut short for lack of resources.
From 1934 to 1962 he hosted his own radio show for children on Station XEW in Mexico City. He performed as ‘Cri-Cri, El Grillito Cantor’ (Cri-Cri, The Singing Little Cricket) on this show and sang his own songs. This run of shows was only interrupted by service in the Mexican merchant marine from 1941 to 1944. He wrote more than 200 songs and recorded about 116 of these – all of which still enjoy great affection and popularity throughout the whole of Latin America.
Before his death, he participated in a memorial concert with Eugenia Le..n, and he sang Bomb..n 1º, ‘El Ropero’ and ‘La Merienda’. Gabilondo’s songs were also recorded by the opera singer Pl..cido Domingo and the French singer Mireille Mathieu amongst other world-famous performers.
The character became so famous and gave its author such renown, that it became a second name for Gabilondo. In the mid part of the 20th century he became the most recognizable singer of children’s songs in Spanish. The dedication to this segment of the population has been greatly admired, comparable to Walt Disney in its honest approach to making life fun for those who are getting started in life.
He recorded Cri-Cri, El Grillito Cantor (1956), Homenaje a Cri-Cri (1957), Mas Canciones del Grillito Cantor (1958), Los Amigos de Cri-Cri (1959), Cuentos y Canciones de Cri-Cri (1963), Todo el A..o con Cri-Cri (1963) 30 Aniversario de Cri-Cri (1964), Conejo Blas a D..nde Vas (1964) and several other compilations.
For some of his songs visit his myspace.