Camilo Sesto

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Camilo Sesto
Birth name Camilo Blanes Cortés
Born (1946-09-16) September 16, 1946 (age 68)
Alcoy, Alicante, Spain
Origin Alcoy, Spain
Genres Latin pop, Latin ballad
Occupations Singer, producer, composer
Website Official site

Camilo Sesto (n. Alcoy, September 16, 1946) is the stage name of Camilo Blanes Cortés, a singer, songwriter, music producer and composer of romantic ballads, pop and rock.

He has released albums in English, and some of his classic songs have been interpreted by Italian, Portuguese and German singers. With a frenetic activity level in the 1970s and 1980s, he remains one of the artists with the most number 1 hits, totaling 52, his number of top 40 list-songs being 18. In 4 career decades he is estimated to have exceeded 175 million copies sold worldwide, making him one of the biggest selling artists in the Spanish speaking world.

As a composer he has written songs for artists such as Miguel Bosé, Cristina, Francisco, Ángela Carrasco, Lani Hall, Audrey Landers, Lucía Méndez, Manolo Otero, Sergio Fachelli, Charytín Goyco, José José and Federico Cabo among others, and produced and translated into Spanish the lyrics of one of the albums of Air Supply.

In 1975 he starred in the role of Jesus in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, [4] which he financed in its Spanish adaptation. [Citation needed]

Since 2008, Camilo announced his retirement from the stage, kicking off a farewell tour that lasted for three years. In this tour, a live DVD called "Todo de Mí" recorded in Madrid, was released.

Life[edit]

Camilo Sesto was born on September 16, 1946 in Alcoy, a town located in the Spanish province of Alicante. Sesto sang in two pop bands during the 1960s and won a contest in a Madrid TV show. He also played a part in the Spanish filming of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Later, he teamed up with singer and producer Juan Pardo., but success would come on their own, with their written and produced hits for the same Camilo Sesto.

Sesto took a rest in 1987 to take care of his newborn son. In Mexico, DJs stopped playing his music and most of his fan base was lost. This bulletin did not make it to TV or radio in the United States due to marketing.

Sesto has or had homes in Torrelodones, near Madrid, and Coconut Grove (Miami area), Florida.

Career[edit]

The Mid sixties marked the beginning of Camilo Sesto's career. After editing his first record - with his band Los Dayson, in 1965 they traveled to Madrid to appear on TVE's "Salto a la Fama". In 1966, Sesto joined another band, Los Botines. In 1967 the band appeared in a film "El flautista de Hamelín" and later Sesto was a the main star on another film, "Los chicos del Preu", directed by Pedro Lazaga.

In 1970, Sesto recorded various singles like: "Llegará el Verano" y "Sin Dirección", with the artistic name "Camilo Sexto". He became his own producer and other artist's. His solo career started in 1970 and in the same year he won the "Revelación" price, at the "Olés de la Canción" festival.

In 1971 and under his artistic name "Camilo Sesto" (with "s" not "x"), he appeared on Spanish TV's program "Buenas Noches" singing "Algo de Mí" (his first No.1 record). Algo de Mi reached the Number 1 slot in Spain and most of the Spanish speaking world, and it maintained that top position for a whole year in most of Latin-America.

In 1972 Camilo Sesto received his first "Disco de Oro" award. On the same year, he released the LP "Solo un Hombre" with songs like: Amor Amar, Fresa Salvaje, Como Cada Noche, Con Razón o Sin Razón y To Be a Man (for which he was nominated for the best foreign song award).

In 1974 his success as a pop singer continued with record sales escalating rapidly. His concerts took him round the world with songs like: "¿Quieres ser mi amante?", "Llueve sobre mojado", "Ayudadme", "Isabel", "Déjame participar en tu juego" and "Madre". He received further "Discos de Oro" for record sales.

On November 6, 1975 Camilo Sesto started his Spanish production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesucristo Superstar) in the Alcalá-Palace Theatre in Madrid (Spain). It was an expensive production; one which Camilo financed entirely. His work was a success and received excellent criticism. The public filled the theatre and shows were extended to four months. Both in terms of interpretation and musically speaking, Camilo Sesto's show was considered[by whom?] of great quality. Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted that this was the only production that could equal the original American version .[citation needed] After successfully starring in the Spanish version of Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Sesto continued gaining fame as a singer and composer. Year after year, he had reached the top of the charts all over America, Latin America and in Spain, with songs like Algo de mí (Something of me) (1972), Amor...Amar (Love.. to love) (1972), Melina (1975), a song about Melina Mercouri, ¿Quieres ser mi amante? (Do you want to be my lover?) (1974), Jamás (Never) (1975), El Amor de mi Vida (The Love of my Life ) (1978), Perdóname (Camilo Sesto song) (Forgive me) (1981), the latter being his most successful hit and other as Donde estés, con quien estés, Amor de mujer (1984) and the classic "Amor Mío, ¿Qué Me Has Hecho?" (My love, what have you done to me?) (1991), number one in the Billboard magazine, plus several hits around the world. During the 70s and 80s Sesto created many hit songs and a great fortune, and almost every song came from his sole inspiration, being the author, interpreter, composer, and producer of all of his works.[citation needed]

Between the years 1980 and 1991 he composed the song and sang the theme for Colorina with Lucía Méndez. As Colorina was one of the most successful telenovelas in the 80s, he also produced for it a pop ballad hit album named Cerca de ti.

Camilo sings mostly in Castilian Spanish, but has also recorded songs in Catalan - Valencian, English, Italian and Portuguese as well. He has also recorded some albums in English.

After recovering from a liver transplant, in 2003 he managed to make a successful comeback with his album Alma, surprising the audience with the song "Mola mazo" ("It rules") in an exercise of self-assertion. The Alma CD includes some songs in English: Selections from The Phantom of the Opera and a duet with Andrea Bronston. Camilo Sesto returned to the scenario back in 2004 in to the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in Chile. Sesto won many awards at Viña del Mar in 2004.[citation needed]

His last musical work was the singing of Bujalance's football team's hymn.[citation needed]

In September 2009 he announced that he would go on a retirement tour to say goodbye to his fans. He would tour the Americas (U.S., Mexico, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, and other countries). In October 2010, he gave his last two concerts in Madrid, which were recorded to be released as his first (and last) live album.

As of May 2011, Camilo Sesto started his farewell tour "La Gira del Adiós":

In 2011, he was awarded the "Highest Hispanic Pride" medal in Las Vegas. That day was proclaimed Camilo Sesto's Day in Nevada .[citation needed]

Influences[edit]

Sesto stated to Jaime Baily that his largest influences among English-speaking acts were The Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney[1]

Discography[edit]

He also has published several collections of hits, including some double CD, which have had record sales .[citation needed]

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