Behind the Google Doodle: Celebrating Lola Beltrán

Nuestro Stories Staff
 | March 7, 2024

Today’s animated Google Doodle pays homage to Lola Beltrán, the legendary Mexican actress-singer, on what would have been her 92nd birthday.

Google celebrates her enduring impact on music and culture, particularly her role in popularizing Ranchera and Huapango genres worldwide. Her Google Doodle appears in her native Mexico and beyond.

“In terms of visibility, this doodle’s reach spans a number of countries including United States, Mexico, Columbia, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and United Kingdom,” the outlet Mint writes.

She passed away at the age of 64, in 1996, but, thanks to Google, millions are reminded of Beltrán’s talent and gift to the world during Women’s History Month.

Who Is Lola Beltrán?

Born María Lucila Beltrán Ruiz in El Rosario, Sinaloa, Lola Beltrán emerged from humble beginnings to become one of Mexico’s most acclaimed singers.

Her journey began when she moved to Mexico City at the age of 21. Beltrán’s powerful voice caught the attention of radio producers during an on-air singing contest, leading to a recording contract. She covered popular songs, hosted her own radio show, and left an indelible mark on Mexican culture.

“Beltrán became the first Ranchera singer to perform at the prestigious El Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City,” Google explains in its story about her today. “She also sang for presidents and leaders around the world. Over the course of her career, Beltrán made 100 albums and starred in 50 films. She inspired generations of Mexican singers to embrace folk music and sing about their authentic experiences.”

Ranchera and Huapango Music: Beltrán’s Legacy

Lola Beltrán’s versatility set her apart. She excelled in various Mexican musical genres, including rancheras, boleros, and mariachi. 

“One of the singer’s most notable achievements was her version of the song Cucurrucucú Paloma, originally written by Tomás Méndez,” The Standard writes. “It quickly became her signature song and, over time, became known as the definitive version of the popular melody.”

Beltrán’s performances resonated globally, and she became the first ranchera music artist to grace the prestigious El Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

What Is Google Doodle?

A Google Doodle is a temporary alteration of the Google logo on its homepage, celebrating significant events, people, or achievements. These delightful illustrations honor cultural icons, historical milestones, and lesser-known heroes. Today’s animated Doodle portrays Lola Beltrán holding a microphone.

Other Famous Women Showcased on Google Doodle

Lola Beltrán joins a prestigious list of remarkable women celebrated by Google. Some notable examples include:

  • Selena Quintanilla: The Tejano music legend was honored on the anniversary of her self-titled album in 2017.
  • Frida Kahlo: The iconic Mexican artist and feminist had her own Doodle, recognizing her influence on art and culture, for her 103rd birthday.
  • Maya Angelou: The renowned poet, author, and civil rights activist received a heartfelt tribute, on her 90th birthday.
  • Hedy Lamarr: The brilliant actress and inventor was celebrated for her contributions to technology, for her 101st birthday.

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