Mexican composer Augustin Lara (1897- 1970) was mainly a composer of songs used in movies and cabarets. It is said that Lara never learned musical notation. In total he wrote more than 700 songs. By the beginning of the 1940s, Lara was well-known in Spain and in 1965, Franco gave him a beautiful house in Granada in appreciation of his songs with Spanish themes, such as Toledo, Granada, Seville, and Madrid. Granada has become one of his most popular songs and can be sung by as well a soprano as a tenor.