José on stage in 2000
|Birth name||José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz|
|Also known as||El Príncipe de la Canción
(The Prince of Song)
February 17, 1948 |
Mexico City México
|Genres||romantic ballad, bolero, bossa nova, jazz, vocal|
|Occupations||Singer, musician, songwriter, record producer, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass, double bass, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Armando Manzanero, Camilo Sesto, Cristian Castro, José Feliciano, Juan Gabriel, Lani Hall, Manuel Alejandro, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Paul Anka, Raúl di Blasio, Reyli, Yanni|
José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz (February 17, 1948), known by his stage name José José, is a Mexican singer, musician and occasional actor.
Also known in the entertainment world as El Príncipe de la Canción (The Prince of Song), he is recognized for his romantic ballads and praised for his vocals. His voice garnered acclaim from musical peers and media.
Born and raised in Mexico City into a family of musicians, José José started his musical career in his early teens playing guitar and singing in serenades. He later joined a jazz and bossa nova trio where he sang and played the bass and double bass. José became a successful solo artist in the early 1970s. Demonstrating his vocal ability with a stunning performance of the song "El Triste" in a Latin music festival held in Mexico City in 1970, he climbed the Latin charts during the decade.
In the 1980s, after signing with Ariola Records, he gained international fame as one of the most talented performers in Latin America. His 1983 album Secretos has sold over 7 million copies. With a series of huge hits, he received several nominations to the Grammy and numerous recognitions worldwide. He sold out in venues such as the Madison Square Garden and the Radio City Music Hall. His music has reached non Spanish-speaking countries like Japan, Israel and Russia. During the late 1990s, after several hits, his career began to decline as his voice started to falter due to alcoholism and health issues. José has also forged a career as an actor, starring in movies like Gavilán o Paloma and Perdóname Todo.
In a career that has spanned more than four decades, his performance and distinctive vocal style have influenced many Latin pop artists. Due to his vocals and popularity, José José is considered by the audience and the media as an icon of Latin pop music.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Early career
- 3 The 1970s: "El Triste", consolidation as star, Ariola Records
- 4 1980s: International stardom, Secretos, Mexico's top singer
- 5 The 1990s: "Amnesia", 40 y 20, rehab, decline
- 6 2000s: Loss of voice, movies and TV, Sony BMG concept albums
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Artistry and image
- 9 Legacy
- 10 Discography
- 11 Films
- 12 Duets
- 13 References
- 14 External links
José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz was born on February 17, 1948 in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City. He was raised into a Roman Catholic family of gifted musicians. His father, José Sosa Esquivel, was an operatic tenor (tenor comprimario) and his mother, Margarita Ortiz, was a classical pianist. They never achieved relative large success, and when José began to show interest in singing, they tried to discourage him, claiming that it was too difficult to achieve success in show business. In 1963, when he was fifteen years old, his mother gave him his first piano. The same year, his reportedly alcoholic father abandoned the family, forcing José to work to help his mother and younger brother.
José continued his attempts to become a singer. In 1963, as a teenager, he had launched his own career with serenades. In 1966, José started singing and playing the bass and double bass with a bossa nova and jazz band called "Los PEG". The band played at the major jazz venues of Mexico City, where musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Erroll Garner, Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto used to play.
In 1967, searching for a solo career, he signed a small contract of two singles under the name of "Pepe Sosa". As Pepe Sosa he released the songs "El mundo" (Jimmy Fontana's "Il Mondo") and "Ma Vie" without success. José returned to serenades and to play with "Los PEG" in night clubs. He left "Los PEG", took the artistic name "José José" (in honor of his father, who had recently died of alcoholism; he joined his first name "José" and the first name of his father "José", from whom he says, had inherited the voice), signed a contract with RCA Victor and recorded his first album: José José (also known as Cuidado). The album featured songs by Rubén Fuentes and Armando Manzanero and had the participation of arranger Mario Patrón, who was considered the best jazz musician of Mexico and Brazilian percussionist Mayuto Correa, who was in Mexico City playing with bossa nova stars João Gilberto, Carlos Lira, Leny Andrade and Tamba Trio. The sound of the album is a combination of boleros and romantic ballads with an influence of jazz and bossa nova. Because of the quality his debut album was praised by the critics but did not achieve much popularity.
He struggled, but then during the late 1960s, his fame began to rise, as he was featured on various television shows. With songs like "Una mañana" and "Cuidado", José started to get attention from the audience and the media.
The 1970s: "El Triste", consolidation as star, Ariola Records
He released the song "La nave del olvido" that became his first big hit in Mexico and Latin America, and recorded his second album: La Nave Del Olvido. José's big break came on March 25, 1970, when he represented Mexico in an international song festival, the "II Festival de la Canción Latina" (Latin Song Festival II, predecessor of the OTI Festival) with an amazing performance of the song "El Triste". The performance of the song was so impressive that caused tears, standing ovations, expressions of amazement and cheers from Angélica María, Alberto Vázquez, Marco Antonio Muñiz, the judges and the spectators in the Teatro Ferrocarrilero in Mexico City. The fact that José José got the third place shocked the audience. After the hit of "El Triste", his popular romantic ballad style mixed with a unique voice made him the star of stars in Mexico. He began his first international tour through Los Angeles, Miami, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina. He played leading roles in such small films as Sueño de amor and La carrera del millón. José performed at the Hollywood Palladium and the Hollywood Bowl.
During the early 1970s, José José became one of the best known romantic ballad singers in Latin America. He was featured constantly on the most popular Mexican television shows, where he used to sing live with icons of the Hispanic music such as Pedro Vargas and Carlos Lico. In 1974, he performed a season in the Casino Royale & Hotel of Las Vegas. The same year he was invited by Frank Sinatra to record a duet and an album under Reprise Records. It was not possible because of the exclusivity agreement that José had with RCA Victor.
He made various international number one hits and toured Latin America several times. His main hits were: "Del altar a la tumba", "Buscando una sonrisa", "De pueblo en pueblo", "Soy como quieras tú" (Mina's "Sono, come tu mi vuoi"), "Cuando tu me quieras", "Hasta que vuelvas", "Candilejas" (Charles Chaplin's "Terry's Theme"), "Paloma 'Cada mañana que te vas'", "Sentimientos" (Morris Albert's "Feelings"), "Vive", "Dejame conocerte" (Paul Anka's "Let Me Get To Know You"), "Divina ilusión" (an adaptation of Étude Op. 10, No. 3 of Chopin), "Sabrás que te quiero" and "El Príncipe" (The Prince) song earned him the nickname "El Príncipe de la canción" (The Prince of the song).
In 1977, José signed a contract with Ariola Records (Today part of Sony BMG). He recorded the album Reencuentro in London under the new record label. Reencuentro released the hits " El amar y el querer" and "Gavilán o paloma" that got him to the top of the lists of popularity. During 1978 and 1979, he achieved enormous success with the albums Volcán, Lo Pasado, Pasado and Si Me Dejas Ahora. His main hits were "O tú o yo", "Farolero", "Volcán", "Lo que un dia fué no será", "Lo pasado, pasado", "Si me dejas ahora", "Te quiero tal como eres" (Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are") and the hit ballad "Almohada".
1980s: International stardom, Secretos, Mexico's top singer
In 1980, José released the album Amor Amor, recorded in Los Angeles, California. Amor Amor released the singles "Insaciable amante", "No me digas que te vas", "Amor Amor" and the classic bolero "No me platiques mas". He later recorded the album Romántico; in this album, he recorded with success the classic boleros with a touch of romantic ballad, bringing back the bolero to mainstream. In 1991, Luis Miguel retook the concept with great success in his album Romance. In 1981, the production Gracias was released. The songs "Me basta" and "Preso" were the main hits of the album. José released the highly successful record Mi Vida in 1982. The album featured the hits: "Desesperado" and "Mi vida" (an autobiographic song written by his future partner Rafael Pérez-Botija). José co-produced his albums and wrote songs like "Si alguna vez" and "Amor para los dos". He did a duet with Lani Hall on the hit "Te quiero así". José's performance was sold-out for seven days in a row at the National Auditorium and a month in the popular night club "El Patio". He recorded the Spanish version of the hit "New York, New York", as a gift to Frank Sinatra, who several years before had invited him to do a duet, but due to differences with the record labels, it could not be performed.
In 1983, José released what proved to be by far the biggest album of his career: Secretos. The album was recorded in Spain and was written and produced by Manuel Alejandro. It was his first album that released a video for each song. Its main hits were "Lo dudo", "El amor acaba", "Lagrimas", "He renunciado a ti", and "A esa". Secretos was nominated for Best Latin Pop Performance in the Grammy Awards of 1985. It has sold over 7 million units until today. Following the hit of Secretos, José continued with international success. He released the album Reflexiones in 1984. The production was written, produced and arranged by Rafael Pérez-Botija. The songs "Payaso", "Seré", "Tu ganas", "De hombre a hombre" and "¿Y qué?" were the main hits. Reflexiones sold over 2 million copies worldwide, became his first number-one set on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums and was nominated for Best Latin Pop Performance in the 1986 Grammy Awards. Later, José José joined José Feliciano to release a duet that became a major hit for both singers: "Por ella". Their song was also nominated for Best Latin Pop Performance in the Grammy Awards of 1986.
In 1985, José José joined performers such as Plácido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Roberto Carlos, José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma", Pedro Vargas and Vicente Fernández for the song "Cantaré, cantarás". It was recorded in Los Angeles in April 1985, at the A&M Studios, the same studio used for "We Are The World". The same year, José starred in his autobiographic film Gavilán o Paloma, alongside Christian Bach and the comedian Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo. Later that year, he released the album Promesas, written, produced and arranged by Pérez-Botija. Its main hits were "Amantes", "Me vas a echar de menos", "Más" and "Tú me estás volviendo loco". The single "Pruébame" was nominated for Best Latin Pop Performance at the 1987 Grammy Awards. Promesas became the second number-one set on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums by José José. He received two Billboard awards: Top Latin Artist and Top Latin Album of 1985. In his next album Siempre Contigo of 1986 he worked with the Spanish producer and guitarist Paco Cepero. The songs "Corre y ve con él", "Sin saber" and "¿Y Quién Puede Ser?" were its main hits. It was nominated for Best Latin Pop Performance in the Grammy Awards of 1988 and became the third number-one set on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums by José.
In 1987, he released the album Soy Así, written and produced by Rafael Pérez-Botija once more. It was nominated for Best Latin Pop Performance in the 1989 Grammy Awards and became his fourth number-one set on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums. Soy Así released four successful singles: the title track reached the number-one position in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart while "Mi Hembra" peaked at number 5, "Salúdamela Mucho" at 22 and "Vergüenza Me Da Quererte" reached number 8.
During the 1980s, José José sold out Madison Square Garden, The Dunes and performed several seasons at the Las Vegas Hilton, Greek Theatre, and the Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City among others. He was referred to as "Mexico's Top Singer" in his shows. In 1987, he sold out Radio City Music Hall. That same year, José traveled to Israel and performed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In 1988, he played the role of the Mexican singer and composer Álvaro Carrillo in the movie Sabor A Mí, co-starring Angelica Aragón. In 1989, José sold out two massive concerts at the Plaza México, gathering over 100,000 people. The album ¿Qué Es El Amor? released the hits "Piel de azucar" and "Como Tú", and José climbed to the top of the lists of popularity. The single "Como tú" lasted ten weeks at number-one on Billboard Hot Latin Tracks.
The 1990s: "Amnesia", 40 y 20, rehab, decline
In 1990, Raúl Velasco made a special TV show to celebrate José's 25th anniversary as a singer. The show, broadcast by Televisa, lasted over five hours and featured special guests such as Armando Manzanero, Libertad Lamarque, Vicente Fernández and Marco Antonio Muñiz. In 1991, he released the hit "Amnesia" of the album En las Buenas... y en las Malas. The single lasted 21 weeks on the charts and peaked at number-one on Billboard Hot Latin Tracks, while his next single "Atrapado", spent 16 weeks and peaked at number 7. In 1992, he released another hit: "40 y 20". From the same titled album, the song speaks about men who fall in love with women that are much younger than them and the way society sees those situations. "40 y 20" lasted over 17 weeks on the charts and peaked at number four. His next single "Eso no más", spent 15 weeks and peaked at number five.
In the early 1990s, José's voice began to deteriorate. It worsened over time and became evident especially in his live performances. His excessive drinking and the incessant activity during his career caused his voice to falter.
On August 1993, to commemorate the allegedly 30th anniversary of José's career, BMG hosted a tribute in the city of Puerto Vallarta. It was called 30 Años de ser el Príncipe (30 years of being the Prince). The tribute included some of the most prestigious artists of Spanish music such as Rocío Dúrcal, Camilo Sesto, Armando Manzanero, Marco Antonio Muñiz and Raúl di Blasio. The tribute coincided with his recent divorce, a serious relapse into alcoholism and a significant loss of vocal abilities. He appeared to be in poor physical shape, too thin and lacking energy. Camilo Sesto even took a break in the middle of the presentation to speak words of encouragement to José. The album was not released until 1994. At that time, José suffered the worst stage of alcoholism of his life. During 1993, he retired from the stage and went into rehab. Upon completion of his rehabilitation, he started seasons in places like the famous "Teatro Blanquita" of Mexico City, and the Gibson Amphitheatre of Los Angeles, among others.
In 1994, after the success achieved ten years back with Secretos, José re-teamed with Manuel Alejandro and released the album Grandeza Mexicana. The title track peaked at number 12 on Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and spent over seven weeks on the charts. He did a duet with his son José Joél in the song "La fuerza de la sangre", second single of the album. In 1995, he played the lead role in the movie Perdóname Todo, a drama about an alcoholic has-been and how he tries to survive against himself and the music business. That same year, his album "Mujeriego" was released. It sold more than 180,000 copies in its first two weeks and reached number 12 on the Billboard Latin charts. The song "Llora corazón" lasted 11 weeks on the charts and peaked at number 6, while the second single, the title track, spent only two weeks on the charts. On May 9, 1996, "Llora corazón" was nominated for Pop Song of the Year in the Lo Nuestro Awards.
In 1996, he performed a duet with Paul Anka on "Déjame Conocerte (Let me Get to Know You)" from Anka's Latin album Amigos. In 1997, he performed at the Bally's Atlantic City. His last album of the decade, Distancia, was released on 1998. A video of the single "Ojala que te mueras" was released. On September 1999, he joined fellow countrymen Armando Manzanero, Marco Antonio Muñiz and Argentine pianist Raúl di Blasio for a series of concerts dubbed "Noche Bohemia" (Bohemian Night) at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
2000s: Loss of voice, movies and TV, Sony BMG concept albums
In 2001, with a deteriorated voice, he recorded Tenampa. His first album with mariachi and the last one of his career. The album was written and produced completely by Juan Gabriel. The single "Cada vez y cada vez" lasted two weeks on the charts. Tenampa received poor ratings and sold only about 500,000 units. After that, he retired from recording full-length albums. The problem of his voice got worse, and affected not only his ability to sing, but also to speak. In 2003, BMG released a collection of three albums entitled El Principe Con Trio with some of his greatest hits recorded between 1969 and 1983, separated from the original accompaniment, remastered and accompanied with the guitar trio "Los Tres Caballeros", with which these recordings are transformed into boleros. The work of technical excellence, was attended by José's old colleague Rafael Pérez Botija, who directed and composed some of the original recordings. This collection of concept albums again allowed José to achieve success in sales.
In the mid-2000s, José appeared briefly as the "Mystery Musician" in the American movie Sueño and played the role of Erasmo Padilla (the father of Leticia "Lety" Padilla) in La Fea Más Bella, a successful Mexican version of the Colombian production Betty la Fea (adapted in the US as Ugly Betty). In 2006, José participated as a vocal coach in Televisa's high-rating show, Cantando por un sueño. In 2007, he won a TVyNovelas Award for best supporting actor due his work in La Fea Más Bella.
José released Mis Duetos in 2007, an album featuring duets he recorded in the past. However, it featured two new songs, "E-mail me" with his youngest daughter Sara, and "Aunque vivas con él" with pop singer Reyli. In 2008, José recorded an emotive song called "Volver a creer" (Believe again) with the world famous musician Yanni. The song is included in the album Yanni Voces. Yanni stated that he wanted to "help a true legend to fulfill his dream, to sing again". José José was invited by Yanni to sing their song live in Yanni's tour in Mexico. He released his autobiographic book, named "Esta es mi vida" (This is my life).
In 2010, he released José José Ranchero, another concept album with some of his greatest hits, separated from the original accompaniment, remastered and accompanied with mariachi, giving to his classics a traditional Mexican sound. The same year, José launched his own perfume, called simply "José José", the profit from the sales are to help women and children sick with HIV/AIDS.
José is planning a new, untitled album, adding that it will consist of nine unreleased tracks and a melody he used to sing in serenades "Que viva mi tristeza", from songwriter Armando Manzanero. It has not been completed due to his vocal problems. In 2011, he went on a short Mexican tour named "José José y sus amigos" (José José and friends), with singers Dulce, Carlos Cuevas, Celso Piña and Chamin Correa. Since 2012, José has been performing with modest success in several cities of Mexico, South and Central America.
Through all of his career, José José has been widely open about his personal life with the press and the audience. He constantly grants interviews and answers questions about his family, friends, alcoholism, financial problems, health issues and other subjects.
Relationships, marriages and family
In 1970, José started a relationship with the TV hostess, actress and model Ana Elena Noreña (known as Anel). That year they split and he married Natalia "Kiki" Herrera Calles, a socialite twenty years older than he was. They divorced in 1975. In 1976, he married his first girlfriend, Anel. They had two children: their first-born José Francisco (known as José Joél) who was born in 1975, and their daughter Marysol Estrella, born in 1982.
He told the magazine Selecciones that from 1985 to 1987, he underwent a serious personal crisis because his life "was spent on airplanes, tour buses and locked in a hotel room". In 1991, he divorced Anel. Several years back, he ended his work relationship with his manager, who also was his brother-in-law.
In 1995, he married Sara Salazar, his third wife. That same year during a Latin American tour, Sara, his third child, was born. On November 2008, his current wife suffered from a cerebral haemorrhage. She recovered after spending several months in the hospital and receiving therapy. José stated that the medical bills nearly led him to bankruptcy. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida with his wife and his youngest daughter.
José stated that his addiction was because he "was frail, weak, innocent, ignorant, weak-willed and did not know how to say no". In the early 1970s, after the success of "El Triste", he fell into alcoholism, but with help of his friends and his family he managed to stop drinking for a while. His ongoing battle against alcoholism continued during the 1970s and 1980s. He attended AA meetings and stopped drinking for periods of time, but he fell steadily into the addiction. His alcoholism caused him serious financial problems and he claims that during his career he was constantly defrauded by his managers, Anel and her brother.
After his divorce from Anel in 1991, he reached his lowest point, reportedly declaring that he wanted to die drinking. With the help of his friends, family, and other artists, he decided to go to rehab. He went to the Hazelden clinic in Minnesota for rehab. He remains a sober recovering alcoholic.
José suffered from a severe case of pneumonia in 1972; his thoracic diaphragm was paralyzed; the disease almost ended with his career. He recovered after going through months of therapy based on breathing exercises, but one of his lungs was permanently damaged.
In 1987, he underwent an operation at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to remove nodes in his vocal fold as a consequence of the excessive use of cortisol, alcohol and the lack of rest after many of his performances. José would suffer dire consequences from his problem with alcoholism, as his health faltered dearly during the 1990s. He developed diabetes.
In 2001, he suffered from a case of emphysema. The effect of alcoholism, the abuse of cortisol and his hiatus hernia, have not only affected his ability to sing, but also to talk. In 2007, he suffered from Bell's palsy. As a result of all these problems he has fought a serious depression over the recent years. He acknowledged this during an interview on the Univision program Don Francisco Presenta..., hosted by Don Francisco. He struggled with a diabetic retinopathy in one of his eyes; he underwent a successful operation. On 2012, he underwent an operation on his stomach due to gastritis. On November 2013, he underwent an operation to remove cataracts of one of his eyes.
Artistry and image
José grew up listening traditional pop music, rock and roll, jazz, swing, big band, the music of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and popular Mexican composers like Consuelo Velázquez, Álvaro Carrillo, María Grever and Armando Manzanero. He was later inspired by vocalist Barbra Streisand, whom he considers an influence. Son of an operatic tenor and a pianist, José grew up also listening to artists such as Chopin and Mozart, but never got the chance to play their genre of music. His music has been influenced by numerous genres, including Latin pop, bolero, romantic ballads, bossa nova, jazz and classical. Even dubbed as crooner, José is also acclaimed for playing several instruments, such as the piano, bass, guitar and double bass. Because of his phrasing and accuracy, he was once described as "a singer that sings like a musician". His predilect music is the classical (Ravel, Debussy, Musorgsky), jazz and bossa nova.
According to his autobiographic book "Esta es mi vida" (This is my life), the singing professor Guido Picco identifies José José in his prime as a Leggiero tenor or light lyric tenor. Johnny Mathis has been widely recognized as a major influence on José's vocal style.
Over time, because of his alcoholism and the lack of cares on his throat, his voice and vocal style changed noticeably. By inheriting the qualities of his father for singing, in his prime, he was able to easily reach high and low notes and his intonation was practically perfect. Upon his performance of "El Triste", many critics had welcomed his vocal inflections, and he was praised for his technical capacity and intensity. One of his most peculiar abilities was his handling of the breathing and his lung capacity, he was able to hold long and powerful notes.
After recording the song "El Triste" for the 2010 album Iconos, singer Marc Anthony stated that "once you start to sing it you realize the magnitude, of that spectacular voice and special phrasing of José José and his incredible way to perform." In the Latin VH1 show "Las 100 grandiosas canciones de los 80s en español" (The 100 great songs of the 80s in Spanish), singer Diego Verdaguer said: "If today he could sing, he would be the greatest of Latin America." José's voice is often considered one of the most influential in Latin pop music.
The music of José José is widely known in the Hispanic community. A number of artists have acknowledged José as an influence, including Cristian Castro, Vicente Fernández, Alejandro Fernández, Nelson Ned, Pepe Aguilar, Kalimba, Erik Rubin, Manuel Mijares, Lupita D'Alessio, Diego Verdaguer, Reyli and Marc Anthony among many others.
In 1996, he was awarded a special concession by the Mexican government. The Mexican government deemed him deserving of this award based on the cultural impact José José has had on the country. In 2002 he achieved "El Premio a la Excelencia" (Prize to Excellence) in the Premios Lo Nuestro (Lo Nuestro Awards). The Billboard Magazine awarded him for "Mejor Artista Latino" (Best Latin Artist) and "Mejor Disco Latino" (Best Latin Album) several times. In the Latin Grammy Awards of 2005 he received the "Personalidad del Año" (Person of the Year) by the Latin Grammy Award Recording Association; he has been nominated nine times to the Grammy.
In 2006, the TV network Televisa, made a special television show in Acapulco to pay homage to José José's career. Singers like Manoella Torres, Francisco Céspedes, Dulce and Gualberto Castro performed several of José Jose's greatest hits.
In July 2008, Univision and the Latin Grammy, recorded in Miami at the BankUnited Center a special TV tribute to José José, called Latin Grammy Celebra: José José (Latin Grammy Celebrates: José José). Stars such as Marco Antonio Solís, Ana Bárbara, Cristian Castro, Alicia Villarreal, Reyli, Olga Tañon, Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal and Aventura performed his greatest hits live; stars such as Plácido Domingo, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Pepe Aguilar, Pedro Fernández, and RBD, sent him special messages congratulating him and showing their admiration. In the show, Univision described José José as: "One of the most beloved singers in Latin music". On April 25, 2013, José was awarded due his career by Billboard at the 2013 Latin Billboard Music Awards.
In 2007, a bronze statue was unveiled on his honor at the Azcapotzalco area in Mexico City, where he grew up. He was honored by the Las Vegas Walk of Stars with a celebrity star and booksigning at The Rio in Las Vegas on November 20, 2008.
In 1998, Latin bands of rock and hip hop like Molotov, Jumbo, Julieta Venegas, Beto Cuevas, and Aleks Syntek, recorded a tribute album called "Volcán: Tributo a José José" (Volcano: Tribute to José José), singing José's classic songs like "Lo Dudo", "El Triste", "Volcán", and many others, each song with a special personal style of the band. The album sold over 500,000 units. After almost fifteen years since its release, on November 2013, a follow-up to "Volcán: Tributo a José José" was released under the title "Un Tributo 2", featuring performers such as Natalia Lafourcade, Moderatto, Los Claxons, Carla Morrison and Panteón Rococó. In 2005, Manuel Mijares released the album Honor a Quien Honor Merece, singing some of José's most popular songs. On November 30, 2010, Cristian Castro released the album Viva el Principe (Long Live the Prince), his tribute to José José. The album includes a duet with José José on "Lo Pasado, Pasado" and a poem recited by him. Rafael Pérez-Botija is involved with the production of the album. Due to its high sales, Viva el Principe has achieved Gold Certification in Mexico  On November 1, 2011, a follow-up to Viva el Principe was released under the title Mi Amigo El Príncipe (My friend the Prince). The album debuted at numer one on Billboard Top Latin Albums and peaked 57 on Billboard 200.
Pop singer Kalimba recorded in 2009 the album Amar y Querer: Homenaje A Las Grandes Canciones (Love and Desire: A tribute to the great songs) that features some of the most iconic Latin ballads, among them "Amar y querer", "Desesperado", "Volcán" and "El Triste". On May 14, 2010, Latin star Marc Anthony released the album Iconos (Icons), which covers Latin ballads from the past, among them "El Triste" and "Almohada".
- Tenampa (2001)
- Distancia (1998)
- Y Algo Mas (1998)
- Tesoros (1997)
- Mujeriego (1995)
- Grandeza Mexicana (1994)
- 30 Años De Ser El Principe (1993)
- 40 y 20 (1992)
- En las Buenas... y en las Malas (1990)
- ¿Qué Es El Amor? (1989)
- Sabor A Mi (B.S.O./Soundtrack) (1988)
- Soy Así (1987)
- Siempre Contigo (1986)
- Promesas (1985)
- Gavilan o Paloma (B.S.O./Soundtrack) (1985)
- Reflexiones (1984)
- Secretos (1983)
- Mi Vida (1982)
- Gracias (1981)
- Romántico (1981)
- Amor Amor (1980)
- Si Me Dejas Ahora (1979)
- Lo Pasado, Pasado (1979)
- Volcán (1978)
- Reencuentro (1977)
- El Príncipe (1976)
- Tan Cerca...Tan Lejos (1975)
- Vive (1974)
- Hasta que Vuelvas (1973)
- Cuando Tu Me Quieras (1972)
- De Pueblo en Pueblo (1972)
- Buscando Una Sonrisa (1971)
- El Triste (1970)
- La Nave Del Olvido (1970)
- Cuidado (1969)
Gold and Platinum albums
- "La Nave Del Olvido" -Gold and Platinum
- "El Triste" -Gold and Platinum
- "Reencuentro" -Double Gold and Platinum
- "Volcán" -Double Gold and Platinum
- "Lo Pasado, Pasado" -Double Gold and Platinum
- "Si Me Dejas Ahora" -Double Gold and Platinum
- "Super Exitos Vol. 1" -Gold
- "Amor Amor" -5 Gold and double Platinum
- "Romántico" -6 Gold and Double Platinum
- "Mi Vida" -6 Gold and Double Platinum
- "Secretos" -Double Platinum
- "Secretos" -Platinum (Central America)
- "Secretos" -Gold (Peru)
- "Secretos" -Gold (Argentina)
- "Secretos" -Gold (Dominican Republic)
- "Secretos" -Gold (Colombia)
- "Secretos" -Platinum (Colombia)
TOTAL OF 22 GOLD AND PLATINUM RECORDS FOR "Secretos"
- "Promesas" -Platinum
- "Reflexiones" -Platinum
- "Siempre Contigo" -Platinum
- "Soy Así" -Gold
- "Qué es el Amor?" -Triple Gold
- "En las Buenas... y en las Malas" -Gold
- "Qué Es El Amor?" -Platinum (5 in Venezuela)
- "40 Y 20" -Platinum and Gold
- "Grandeza Mexicana" -Gold
- "Mujeriego" -Double Gold and Platinum
- "Tesoros" -Gold
- "Distancia" -Gold
Compilations & boxed sets
- 2010 José José Ranchero
- 2009 José José Para Ti
- 2009 José José y Sus Amigos con Amor
- 2009 Secretos Intimos Del Amor
- 2009 Lo Essential De José José (Televisa 3CD/DVD)
- 2008 Brillantes- José José
- 2008 Tres Voces (Yusmani Garcia)(Al-gill Pedro)
- 2008 El Principe y El Bolero
- 2007 Mis Duetos [5 Track DVD]
- 2007 Mis Duetos [Norte CD/DVD]
- 2007 Mis Duetos [Televisa CD/DVD]
- 2007 Mis Duetos [DVD]
- 2007 Serie Herencia Vol. 2
- 2007 Serie Herencia Vol. 1
- 2007 Mi Historia, Vol. 2
- 2007 Mi Historia, Vol. 1
- 2005 Las Número 1: José José (Televisa CD/DVD)
- 2005 Lo Mejor en Trios
- 2005 20 Éxitos Originales
- 2005 José José y 8 Grandes Idolos de la Balada Romántica: 100 Años de Musica
- 2005 Lo Essential José José
- 2005 20 Inolvidables
- 2004 The Best of José José
- 2004 José José
- 2003 Los Grandes De La Balada
- 2003 Definiendo Jose
- 2003 40 Aniversario, Vol. 4
- 2003 40 Aniversario, Vol. 3
- 2003 40 Aniversario, Vol. 2
- 2003 40 Aniversario, Vol. 1
- 2003 El Principe Con Trio, Vol. 2
- 2003 El Principe Con Trio, Vol. 1
- 2002 Coleccion RCA: 100 Anos de Musica
- 2002 Lo Inolvidable de José José
- 2002 Todo Exitos de José José
- 2000 Lo Mejor de los Grandes, Vol. 2
- 2000 Serie 2000
- 1999 Coleccion Original
- 1999 Lo Mejor de Lo Mejor
- 1998 Serie Retratos
- 1998 35 Anos de Amor
- 1998 35 Aniversario, Vol. 7
- 1998 35 Aniversario, Vol. 6
- 1998 35 Aniversario, Vol. 5
- 1998 35 Aniversario, Vol. 4 (1981–85)
- 1998 35 Aniversario, Vol. 3 (1977–80)
- 1998 35 Aniversario, Vol. 2 (1972–1976)
- 1998 35 Aniversario, Vol. 1 (1969–1972)
- 1997 Romanticos del Siglo
- 1997 Serie Platino, Vol. 2: 20 Exitos
- 1996 Lo Mejor de Los 3 Grandes
- 1996 Serie Platino
- 1995 Serie Retrato
- 1994 30 Años de Ser El Principe
- 1992 Serie 20 Exitos
- 1992 15 Exitos de Oro
- 1990 15 Romanticas En La Voz De José José
- 1990 25 Aniversario, Vol. 2
- 1990 15 Exitos
- 1989 Exitos Vol. 2
- 1988 Romantico Vol. 2
- 1988 Exitos Vol. 1
- 1987 Ayer, Hoy, y Siempre
- 1986 25 Aniversario, Vol. 1
- 1982 20 Triunfadoras De José José
- 1981 Romantico Vol. 1
- 1977 Grandes Exitos de José José
- 10 Super Exitos de José José
- Lo Mejor de José José
- Los Grandes Exitos, Vol. 2
- Buscando Una Sonrisa (1971)
- Sueño De Amor (1972)
- La Carrera Del Millon (1973)
- Gavilán o Paloma (1985)
- Sabor A Mi (1988)
- Perdóname Todo (1995)
- Sueño (2005)
- Double Tap (2006)
- Melate El Corazon (2009)
- "Volver a Creer" – Yanni
- "Por Ella" – José Feliciano
- "Tiempo" – Marco Antonio Muñiz
- "Entre La Espada Y La Pared" – Pimpinela
- "El Triste" (Piano Version) – Raúl di Blasio
- "Let Me Get To Know You" (and the Spanish version, "Dejame Conocerte") – Paul Anka
- "Hay Un Mañana" – Valeria Lynch
- "Te Quiero Así" – Lani Hall and Alejandra Ávalos
- "Dos Corazones Amigos" – José Guadalupe Esparza
- "La Fuerza De La Sangre" – José Joel
- "José y Manuel" – Manuel Alejandro
- "Aunque Vivas Con El" – Reyli
- "E Mail Me" – Sarita Sosa
- "Como Hacer Para Olvidar" – Juan Gabriel
- "Amor Mio" – Carlos Lico
- "Si Me Comprendieras" – Pepe Jara
- "Se Me Hizo Facil" – Pedro Vargas
- "Te Extrano" – Armando Manzanero
- "Pa' Todo El Año" – Vicente Fernández
- "La Nave Del Olvido" – Vikki Carr and Pedro Vargas
- "El Amor Acaba" – Libertad Lamarque
- "100 Kilos De Barro" – Enrique Guzmán
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