Music: Lovers' Lamenter

Every seat in Mexico City's ornate Bellas Artes palace was filled, and outside hundreds waited vainly to get in. On the stage, the country's top entertainers trooped to the microphone to sing and play in a two-hour broadcast over Mexico's 254 radio stations. All of the 50-odd songs they sang were the work of a gaunt, sad-eyed, scar-faced wisp of a man who watched from the wings. His name: Agustin Lara, who was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his career as Mexico's and Latin America's favorite composer.

Agustin Lara has been called Mexico's Irving...

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