1963 to 1997
September 15, 1940 in Saltillo
January 23, 1997
Natillas, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
Cornelio Reyna (September 15, 1940 – January 22, 1997) was a Mexican norteño singer. Cornelio Reyna formed a partnership with the legendary Ramón Ayala to create the famous band called Los Relampagos del Norte in 1963. The band stayed together for eight years and in 1971, Reyna decided to pursue a solo career as a mariachi singer. His mariachi career was not as successful as music experts expected. He was unable to compete and gain a spot alongside charismatic mariachi giants Vicente Fernandez and Antonio Aguilar. Reyna played for 26 more years before dying in January 1997 of a stomach ulcer.