Hajji Alejandro

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Angelito Toledo "Hajji" Alejandro (born December 26, 1954) is a Filipino singer and actor, who was a major pop star in the 1970s and 1980s.[1] Just like another OPM legend Basil Valdez, he came from the group Circus Band. He was the first winner of the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival.

Dubbed the "kilabot ng mga kolehiyala" (college girls' heartthrob), Alejandro is best remembered for such songs as "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika", "Panakíp Butas" and "Nakapagtataka".[2]

Career

Hajji still performing since 1976 and also celebrating his 45th anniversary showbiz in 2018.

Personal life

In the 1980s, Alejandro operated a small restaurant along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California with wife, beauty queen and actress Rio Diaz. They have a son, Delara drummer Ali Alejandro. Rio Diaz died of colorectal cancer in 2004.

Alejandro is also the father of singer Rachel Alejandro.

Discography

Albums

  • 18 Greatest Hits
  • Collection
  • Pagbabalik (1992)[3]
  • 25: The Silver Anniversary Album Of Hajji Alejandro

Singles

  • "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika" (original composition by Ryan Cayabyab; Grand Prize Winner, 1st Metro Manila Popular Music Festival & Seoul Song Festival), 1978 - also covered by Noel Cabangon in 2014. Also used as a third theme song and also covered performed by Robert Seña during the opening ceremonies of the 30th South East Asian Games in Manila, Philippines in 2019.
  • "Nakapagtataka" (original composition by Jim Paredes), 1978 - also covered by the APO Hiking Society, Rachel Alejandro, MYMP and Noel Cabangon.
  • "Panakip Butas" (Tagalog cover of "Worst That Could Happen" by The 5th Dimension), 1977 - Alejandro re-recorded the song for his Silver Anniversary Album released by Sony BMG Music in 1996) - also covered by the trio Tito, Vic & Joey as a parody in their 1977 debut album. This was also the title of the movie he co-starred with Superstar Nora Aunor and sexy star Trixia Gomez in 1977. And in 1993, also covered by Mr. Richard Reynoso.
  • "May Minamahal", 1977 - Alejandro re-recorded the song for his Silver Anniversary Album released by Sony BMG Music in 1996 - also covered by his daughter Rachel Alejandro, Agot Isidro, Erik Santos, Ronnie Lliang, Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid & The Juans.
  • "Tag-Araw, Tag-Ulan" (Tagalog cover of "Charade" by the Bee Gees), 1977 - Alejandro re-recorded the song for his Silver Anniversary Album in 1996.
  • "Ang Lahat Na Ito'y Para Sa Yo" - Alejandro re-recorded the song for his Silver Anniversary Album released in 1996 - also covered by Lani Misalucha and by Martin Nievera in 2012.

References

  1. Lockard, Craig A. (1998). Dance of Life: Popular Music and Politics in Southeast Asia. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-1918-7. 
  2. "Hajji and Rachel Alejandro in Tagaytay", Manila Bulletin, 14 February 2003. 
  3. Paras, Mina. "A much mellowed "kilabot" is back", Manila Standard, Kamahalan Publishing Corp., August 22, 1992, p. 20. Retrieved on November 3, 2020. “These days, Hajji, whose latest album, "Pagbabalik," has recently been released and hitting the airlanes...”