Beto Quintanilla was born Norberto Quintanilla Iracheta in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was a popular narco corrido singer with a unique scratchy voice.
He died as a result of a heart attack on March 18, 2007. Known by the nickname "El Mero Leon del Corrido" ("The Lion of the Corrido"), his biggest hits included "El Deportado" "Le Compre La Muerte a mi Hijo", "Raquenel Villanueva", "El gordo Paz", "El Sapo", "Los Pilares de la Carcel", "La Carga Ladeada", "Un Ratoncito Orejon", "El corrido de los Zetas", and many more.
Most of his songs were narco corridos, many of which he composed. He recorded over 20 albums throughout his singing career.