February 22, 1930|
|Died||June 28, 1989
Born Manuel Alfredo Sánchez Luna in Caracas, Venezuela, to Manuel Sánchez Benítez and Luisa Amelia Luna.
Since his early childhood he showed interest in music, participating in the choir of the local church. His debut was singing “Ave Maria” at the Caracas’ Cathedral, he impressed those who listened to him.
He went to school to “Colegio Domingo Savio” at Los Teques, until the age of fourteen due to his family’s financial problems . Salesian priests, Calderon and Sidi  contributed to his musical education.
By the time Alfredo was gaining fame, in the music industry, there were already two professionals called alike: Alci, and Alex Sánchez. Therefore he decided to change his name: he took the first syllable of his last name “SA” and added “DEL” in honor to his idol Carlos Gardel.
Sadel was affectionately called "The Favorite Tenor of Venezuela".
Many different patrons sponsored his career, which started at “Escuela Superior de Música de Caracas” and continued in many different places such as Mexico City; New York; Buenos Aires; Barcelona, Spain; Salzburg and Milan.
Illness and death
Sadel died in Caracas, Venezuela of cancer at age of 59.
- Diario "Informe 21" Newspaper (Venezuela) (June 28, 2009). "Sadel: 20 años del adiós del más grande". "Informe 21" Newspaper. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- Diario "El Universal" Newspaper (Caracas, Venezuela) (September 14, 2011). "Alfredo Sadel: ¿Qué es lo que tiene la música venezolana?". "El Universal" Newspaper. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- IMDb entry
- Alfredo Sadel: biography in "Venezuela Tuya"
- Fundación Internacional José Guillermo Carrillo
- "Biografía de Alfredo Sadel" (in Spanish). Fundación Internacional José Guillermo Carrillo. Retrieved August 2, 2010.