Ricardo Arjona was born Edgar Ricardo Arjona Morales on January 19, 1964 in Antigua, Guatemala. He spent most of his childhood in Guatemala City, where he began his musical instruction At age twelve, he participated in the contest "Festival Infantil Juventud 74" with "Gracias al Mundo", a song composed by his father, finally winning the event. Although he initially enrolled in architecture and engineering at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), he graduated with a degree from the School of Communication Sciences. Arjona was a talented basketball player who played for Leones de Marte and TRIAS. He toured Central America as a member of the Guatemalan national team. Until recently, he held the record for the most points scored (78) in a single game by a Guatemalan.
Arjona began his musical career at age 21, when he signed with the record label PolyGram and released his debut album Déjame Decir Que Te Amo in 1985. Arjona has beome one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time, with more than 20 million albums sold. He is often called El Animal Nocturno (The Nocturnal Animal), thanks to his breakthrough success with his fourth studio album which bears the same name. His music ranges from ballads to Latin pop, rock, pop rock, Cuban music, and more recently a cappella performances and a mixture of Tejano music and Norteño music, and other Afro-American and Latin sounds. Arjona is noted for his lyrical style, and often addresses topics such as love, homosexuality, kidnapping, rape, racism and immigration.
Ricardo has appeared in two films in supporting roles including one Euro-western “Bandidas” (2004).
Today we celebrate Ricardo Arjona’s 50th birthday.