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Vicente Fernandez, Mexico’s ‘El Rey,’ receives keys to the city

 Vicente Fernandez Mexico's King RancherMusic (Mexico's biggest music star) comes 26th   Troy get street named after him

Vicente Fernandez, Mexico's King of Ranchera Music (and Mexico's biggest music star), comes to 26th & Troy to get a street named after him, receive the keys to the city and a declaration of "Vicente Fernandez Week" in Chicago, Oct. 20-27. Monday, October 22, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 23, 2012 12:18AM

After performing two sold-out shows this weekend at the Allstate Arena on his “Gira de Adios,” Latin music superstar Vicente Fernandez received honors fit for a king.

City and state officials presented “El Rey de la Cancion Ranchera” with the keys to the city, declared Oct. 20-27 as Vicente Fernandez Week and also renamed a stretch of 26th Street in Little Village in his honor.

In a ceremony Monday at the Little Village Arch, Fernandez told the crowd: “I’ll always have Chicago in my heart because it was here I began my first tour 47 years ago. It’s an honor that a street of this neighborhood will bear the name of a humble servant. It is worth more than I could ever say.”

Wearing a suede jacket instead of his usual traje de charro, Fernandez broke into an a cappella version of “El Hijo del Pueblo,” one of his early hits.

Fernandez, 72, announced earlier this year that he would retire from the stage after five decades of non-stop touring. His last concerts will be Dec. 14-15 in his home state of Jalisco.

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