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Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck: Cri-Cri, El Grillito Cantor


Marty McFly and Doc Brown had the Delorean to go travel through time; We have the Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck. Every week, we’ll hop in our time traveling machine, gun it to 88 MPH, and go back in time to bring you the best from the good ol’ days. Will it be a clip from an old telenovela? An old school music video? Stick around and find out!

Part of the reason why we started this recurring feature was to explore the things that played such a big role in our childhood. Last week’s post on El Chavo Del Ocho was a good example of that. This week, we follow up with something more dear and near to us: Cri-Cri, el Grillito Cantor (the singing cricket).  If you grew up with Mexican parents (like, actually from Mexico), you’ll likely know what we’re talking about. If not, you must have had quite a deprived childhood. Fear not, however. Below is our favorite Cri-Cri song of all time, “Los Tres Cochinitos” (“The Three Little Pigs”). Our pops would sing this tune to us every Saturday morning to wake us up.

To give you a little bit of a history lesson: Cri-Cri, el Grillito Cantor was the alter ego of Mexican radio personality Francisco Gabilondo Soler. Soler came into prominence during the “Golden Age of Mexican Radio” (1930s) thanks to his many allegorical songs about animals (think Brothers Grimm but for the modern age and Mexican). Among his most famous tunes were “El Raton Vaquero” (“The Cowboy Mouse”), “Los Mosquitos Trompeteros” (“The Trumpeteering Mosquitos”), and “La Muñeca Fea” (“The Ugly Ragdoll”). To say that his songs were very popular with children would be a gross understatement.

Although Soler passed away in 1991 (cardiac arrest), his legacy is still very much alive today thanks to his music.

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