Chavela Vargas

1919 - 2012

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Isabel Vargas Lizano (17 April 1919 – 5 August 2012), better known as Chavela Vargas (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃaˈβela ˈβaɾɣas]), was a Costa Rica-born Mexican singer. She was especially known for her rendition of Mexican rancheras, but she is also recognized for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music. She was an influential interpreter in the Americas and Europe, muse to figures such as Pedro Almodóvar, hailed for her haunting performances, and called "la voz áspera de la ternura", 'the rough voice of tenderness'. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chavela Vargas has received more than 575,658 page views. Her biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Chavela Vargas is the 184th most popular singer (down from 170th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Costa Rica and the most popular Costa Rican Singer.

Chavela Vargas is a famous Mexican singer who is most famous for her songs about love, death, and the Mexican Revolution.

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  • 580k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 69.83

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 32

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.06

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.94

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Chavela Vargas ranks 184 out of 3,541Before her are Tori Amos, Barbara Strozzi, Falco, Vera Lynn, Chris Rea, and Claude François. After her are Udo Jürgens, Mario Del Monaco, Mario Lanza, Ken Shimura, Etta James, and Chris Norman.

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Among people born in 1919, Chavela Vargas ranks 43Before her are Jackie Robinson, James M. Buchanan, Mordechai Anielewicz, Ian Smith, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, and Oleg Penkovsky. After her are Joseph Murray, Jennifer Jones, Georges Duby, Art Blakey, Martin Balsam, and Liberace. Among people deceased in 2012, Chavela Vargas ranks 47Before her are Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Antonio Tabucchi, Rauf Denktaş, Miguel de la Madrid, Sergey Sokolov, and George Armitage Miller. After her are Carl Woese, Etta James, Joseph Murray, Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, Lucio Dalla, and Andrew Huxley.

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In Costa Rica

Among people born in Costa Rica, Chavela Vargas ranks 2 out of 98Before her are Óscar Arias (1940). After her are José Figueres Ferrer (1906), Keylor Navas (1986), Laura Chinchilla (1959), Abel Pacheco (1933), Franklin Chang Díaz (1950), Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1940), Luis Guillermo Solís (1958), Adolfo Díaz (1875), Otilio Ulate Blanco (1891), and José María Castro Madriz (1818).

Among SINGERS In Costa Rica

Among singers born in Costa Rica, Chavela Vargas ranks 1