La Mona Jiménez biography

La Mona Jiménez

Musical Artist

1951 –

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Who is La Mona Jiménez?

Juan Carlos Jiménez Rufino, known as La Mona Jiménez, is a cuarteto singer. He was born in Córdoba, Argentina.

When he was a child, Jiménez used to play Tarzan with other kids. His parents often told him he resembled Tarzan's chimpanzee companion Cheeta. This is allegedly how he got the nickname La Mona.

He started singing with Cuarteto Berna when he was 15 years old after winning a contest among 40 other singers. With this group he recorded five albums.

His first hit was La flaca Marta from the album Para toda América, released in 1984. His success allowed him to buy three brand-new cars and a house in the barrio of Cerro de Las Rosas, and to pay off a mortgage.

In 40 years of musical career Jiménez has recorded more than 75 CDs and sold more than 3 million copies all over Argentina. His 62nd CD, titled Beso a beso con La Mona sold more than one hundred thousand copies just in Córdoba.

He received the Platinum Konex Award for best Cuarteto soloist/band of the 1985-1995 decade in 1995 and of the 1995-2005 decade in 2005.

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Born
Jan 11, 1951
Córdoba
Also known as
  • La Mona Jimenez
  • Mona Jiménez, La
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on July 23, 2013

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