Biography of ranchera king Vicente Fernandez released

Mexico City, Nov 29 (EFE).- The idol of Mexican ranchera music Vicente Fernandez has presented a biography entitled "Pero Sigo Siendo el Rey," illustrated with more than 200 previously unpublished photos.

The book is "a trip through the life of Vicente Fernandez," in which he shares with fans "the exciting personal and artistic career that began 48 years ago in the cantinas of his native Jalisco (state)," a press release from the publisher Televisa said.

Consultant for the edition was the artist's journalist daughter-in-law Mara Patricia Castañeda, and reveals "the most significant chapters in his life from the day of his birth on Feb. 17, 1940, up to the present, as well as contributions by his wife Cuquita Abarca and his children Vicente, Gerardo, Alejandro and Alejandra."

The 144-page biography "Pero Sigo Siendo el Rey" (But I'm Still the King, a line from one of his all-time top ranchera songs, "El Rey") has photos throughout and relates Fernandez's career as a singer plus his work as an actor and producer in more than 30 films.

The book's edition of 100,000 copies will be on sale in Mexico only.

The presentation of the work took place at his ranch Los Tres Potrillos in Jalisco state, where he expressed his thanks to all his followers.

As for any profits from the edition, he said the money will be donated to the Mexican Telethon, a Televisa network initiative to collect funds for children suffering from cancer, autism and other disabilities.