Ferrusquilla was born José Ángel Espinoza Aragón Espinosa in Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico. When his widowed father moved to El Guayabo, along the Rio Fuerte. José chose to go to live in Los Mochis, where one of his teachers proposed he move to Mazatlan, in order to continue his studies. In Mazatlan he made many friends, and it was just a group of them who in 1937 he boarded a train bound for Mexico City because he wanted to be a doctor.
In 1938 he went to work in the XEQ. At first he ran errands, then worked as an announcer and then as an actor and did some film dubbing. Ferrusquilla acted in about 80 films. He worked with Mexican national cinema legends such as Carmen Montejo, Sara García, María Félix, Jorge Negrete and many more. However, she also shared the screen with the likes of Richard Burton, Anthony Quinn, Boris Karloff, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau.
As Ferrusquilla he appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Four Bullets for Joe” (1963) and “Guns for San Sebastian” (1967).
As a composer, his masterpiece was Echame a mí la culpa, which shot to fame and was so popular in Spain that a film of the same name was filmed, starring Lola Flores and Miguel Aceves Mejía. However, there have been many songs since that came from his inspiration.
In 1976 he received, along with Lola Beltrán and Tito Guizar, the Peace Medal of the United Nations in New York City. From The Autonomous University of Sinaloa he was awarded the title of doctor honoris causa in 2008.
Today we celebrate ‘Ferrusquilla’ 95th birthday