UPDATE: This is an article that was originally posted 2 years ago right after the passing of legend Vicente Fernandez. It is being reposted in honor of today being George Strait's 71st birthday. George often speaks fondly of the wonderful friendship he had with the late Vicente Fernandez. In the video below George performed a Vicente song entirely in Spanish. Wow! Happy birthday King George!

Growing up, I distinctly remember running around the house doing what little girls do. Helping mom in the kitchen, heading outside to hit up the neighborhood kids and see who wanted to come out and play, then heading back home again when I was tired or hungry. My mom would be finishing up a meal and would tell me to go outside and tell my dad the food was ready.

I did as I was told and would find my dad doing some yard work, washing his truck, or working in his shed. But he ALWAYS had his music playing no matter what he was doing. Dad had a little jam box playing all of his favorite tunes. It was not unusual for me to hear legend Vicente Fernandez coming out of the those speakers.

If you grew up in a Mexican household you knew who Vicente was. He was a Mexican singer who could make you feel all the things even if you didn't understand the words he was singing!

You were probably introduced to his music as a young child like myself. On road trips there were always rancheras blaring out of the car stereo. That is exactly how it was in my household and I truly did not appreciate his music until I was much older.

Well over the weekend, we heard the news. Vicente Fernandez had passed. He was 'El Rey de la Musica Ranchera' and the soundtrack to my childhood and he was gone. A Mexican hero and legend who gave us the best movies and great music. Many celebrities hit up social media to share their memories, including our rey right here in Texas, King George. Apparently, these two knew each other and had forged a friendship of mutual respect, these are the words (via Twitter) that George Strait said about 'Chente':

One of my heroes. May he Rest In Peace and may God bless and comfort his family. Hasta la Cruz Chente!!

The king of country paying his respects to the king of ranchers. Iconic. Almost instantly this video began circulating again. I had no idea it even existed. George Strait once sang a Vicente Fernandez's song at one of his concerts all in ESPANOL!

It's the accompanying mariachi's for me. This was literally my first time ever to watch this video and I had to share for anyone who may not have seen it either. Descansa en paz Chente.

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