Mexican composer and performer. He was the major promoter of the movement known as trova yucateca which were based on popular songs of the state of Yucatan, and had been created in the 19th century by composers and poets. The rhythm utilizes Cuban and Columbian influences. His work influenced a number of other Mexican composers, such as Agustin Lara. His most popular songs were: Nunca, Peregrino de amor, Quisiera, Ojos tristes, and Flor. He was murdered at the age of twenty-seven, when he returned to Mexico.