MEXICO: Incident at the Capri

Sallow-cheeked Agustin Lara is the most artful fashioner of the libido-loaded lyrics of Mexico's popular songs. He is also Mexico's most prolific popular composer. Since his first success with Mujer (1927), a song dedicated to all women, Lara has averaged 15 songs a year, most of them hits.

Lara has his own explanation for the way his love lyrics catch on. "In all my compositions," he says, "there is always a certain woman synthesized." Many of the women who have inspired his lyrics are unknown, but movie actress María Félix, second of his three wives, is the inspiration of some...

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