Juan Gabriel’s ‘Amor Eterno’ and Hector Lavoe’s ‘El Cantante’ to be added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress recently announced that Juan Gabriel’s “Amor Eterno” and Héctor Lavoe’s “El Cantante” will be preserved in the National Recording Registry. These tracks, along with 23 others, were chosen for their cultural significance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage. “Amor Eterno” is a poignant mariachi ballad released in 1990 as a tribute to Gabriel’s late mother, symbolizing grief and enduring love. It gained further prominence as a song of resilience after the El Paso mass shooting in 2019. Ivan Gabriel Aguilera, Juan Gabriel’s son, expressed gratitude for the recognition, reflecting his father’s desire for his music to resonate across generations. “El Cantante” is a salsa anthem recorded by Lavoe, a Puerto Rican icon in New York’s 1970s salsa scene. Written by Rubén Blades and produced by Willie Colón, it became Lavoe’s signature song. Lavoe’s legacy, marked by his death in 1993, is now immortalized alongside other Latin hits like Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina” and Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” in the National Recording Registry.

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