Grupo Bronco

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Also known as El Gigante de América
Origin Apodaca, Mexico
Genres Balada, Cumbia, Norteño
Years active (1979-1997) (2003–present)
Labels Disa Records (1980–1984) Ariola (1985–1997,2003–2006) Fonovisa (2007–2010)
Members Jose Guadalupe Esparza Bass guitar and vocals (1980–1997,2003–present), Jose Adan Esparza, guitarista (2012-present) Rene Esparza Bajo electrico (2012-present), Ramiro Delgado Keyboards and accordion (1987–1997,2003–present), Javier Cantú Drums (2012-present)
Past members (dates refer to years active with the group)
  • Javier Villareal Guitar and backing vocals (1980–1997,2003–2012)
  • Erick Garza Keyboards and accordion (†) (1980–1986)
  • Jose Luis Villareal "Choche" Bass; Drums (†) (1980–1997,2003–2012)
  • Aurelio Esparza Percussion (2003–2006)

Grupo Bronco is a Mexican Grupero band from Apodaca, N.L..[1] Bronco's modern take on the Norteño style in the '80s and '90s helped earn them a number of international hits. Band members José Guadalupe Esparza, Ramiro Delgado, Javier Villareal, and José Luís 'Choche' Villareal crafted a sound that paid tribute to the Norteño tradition while incorporating modern instruments like keyboards, as well as a more melodic, pop style with elaborate costumes.

By 1990 "Bronco" proved that they were gaining fame because that same year they were the protagonist of the movie called "Bronco la pelicula" in which all four members of the band played a role in the film.

Bronco experienced international fame with help from their international hit Que no Quede Huella (May no Traces be Left) from their 1989 album A Todo Galope, for which they toured the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru and many other countries. They gained additional fame in 1993, when they acted in the Televisa soap opera, Dos Mujeres, un Camino (Two Women, one Road), alongside Erik Estrada, Laura León, Lorena Herrera, Selena Quintanilla and Bibi Gaytán, among others. In addition to the acting, they performed the show's opening song, which was titled like the show. The CD Pura Sangre which included the song Dos Mujeres, un Camino, earned gold and platinum records in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay, as well as in Mexico. All of Bronco's albums have achieved solid sales in the United States.

After Esparza announced he was going to pursue a solo career in 1997, the group broke up. After six years, in 2003, the bandmembers finally announced a return, and later that year, the group was reformed. They intended to use the name Bronco in Mexico again, but rather than draw out a dispute over the copyrighted band name with their ex-manager, they chose to go by the name El Gigante de America. This was the nickname their fans gave them during their quarter century as Bronco. Despite not being able to sing as Bronco in Mexico for many years, the group still used the name for their international concerts, where Mexican copyright laws did not count. As of 2019, they are legally allowed to perform as “Bronco” in Mexico again.

Grupo Bronco has sold over 10 million albums to date.

In February 2012, former keyboardist and accordionist Erick Garza was kidnapped and died in Monterrey, Mexico.[2]

José Luis Villarreal (aka Choche) died on September 30, 2012, at age 55, in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico. He had suffered for his last few years with cirrhosis of the liver.[3][4]


  • 2017 Primera Fila (First album as Bronco since 1997)
  • 2015: Indestructible (Last album as El Gigante de América)
  • 2015: En Vivo desde Monterrey Vol. 2
  • 2014: En Vivo desde Monterrey
  • 2012: Por siempre tuyo
  • 2013: Por puro gusto
  • 2010: De Sangre Norteña
  • 2009: El Mundo No Se Detiene
  • 2007: Más Broncos Que Nunca (First album on Fonovisa)
  • 2007: Sin Fronteras...En Vivo
  • 2006: Huella Digital (Last album on Ariola)
  • 2005: Por Ti
  • 2004: Sin Riendas
  • 2003: Siempre Arriba (First album as El Gigante de América)
  • 1997: La Última Huella (Last album as Bronco)
  • 1996: Homenaje A Los Grandes Grupos
  • 1995: Animal
  • 1994: Rompiendo Barreras
  • 1993: Pura Sangre
  • 1992: Por El Mundo
  • 1991: Salvaje Y Tierno
  • 1990: Amigo Bronco
  • 1989: A Todo Galope
  • 1988: Un Golpe Más
  • 1987: Súper Bronco
  • 1986: Indomable
  • 1985: Sergio el Bailador (First album on Ariola)
  • 1984: Bailando Jalao (Last album on Disa)
  • 1983: Grande De Caderas
  • 1982: Tu prieto
  • 1980: Te quiero cada día más (Debut album)

Popular Songs

  • Sergio el Bailador (Sergio the Dancer)
  • Que no Quede Huella (Don't Leave a Trace)
  • Oro (Gold)
  • Amigo Bronco (My Friend Bronco, although "Bronco" could be referring to the type/personality of the horse, "Bronco" could also be the proper name. Lyrics make use of both senses grammatically.)
  • Libros Tontos (Silly/dumb Books)
  • Adoro (I Adore)
  • Chocheman
  • Quiereme Como te Quiero (Love me The Way I Love You)
  • Pastillas de Amnesia (Amnesia Pills)
  • Nunca Voy a Olvidarte (I Will Never Forget You)
  • Dos Mujeres, un Camino (Two Women, One Road)
  • El Sheriff de Chocolate (Chocolate Sheriff)
  • Cuatro Caballos (Four Horses)
  • Déjame Amarte Otra Vez (Let me Love you again)
  • Romantico (Romantic/Romeo)
  • " Corazon Duro" (Hard Heart)
  • " Dalo Por Hecho" (Consider it Done)
  • " Perdoname" (Forgive Me)
  • " Estoy A Punto" (I'm About To)
  • " No Nos Vamos A Olvidar ( We Won't Forget Each Other)
  • " Adios" (Goodbye)
  • " Amor Sin Amor" (Love Without Love)
  • " Lagrimas Sal Y Limón" ( Tears, Salt and Lime )
  • " Se Vende Un Corazon" ( A Heart Is For Sale )
  • " Sin Volverte A Ver" (Without Seeing You Again)
  • " Botella De Olvido" (Bottle For Forgetting)
  • " Él No Sabe" (He Doesn't Know)
  • " Si te Vuelves a Enamorar (If You Fall in Love Again)
  • Espinas (Thorns)
  • "zapatos de tacon" (High Heels)
  • Muérdeme (Bite Me)
  • Mis Botas y Sombrero (My Boots and Hat)


  1. ^ Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World John Shepherd, David Horn, Dave Laing - 2005 "The most prominent bands of the grupo-norteria fusion are Los Baron de Apodaca, Los Mier, Bronco and Limite."
  2. ^ Grupo Bronco rides again accessdate July 15, 2018
  3. ^ R.I.P. Choche! accessdate July 15, 2018
  4. ^ R.I.P. Choche of Bronco accessdate July 15, 2018
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