Manolo Escobar

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Manolo Escobar
Manolo Escobar y Rafa Bueso (cropped).jpg
Background information
Birth name Manuel García Escobar
Born (1931-10-19)October 19, 1931
Las Norias de Daza, El Ejido, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
Died October 24, 2013(2013-10-24) (aged 82)
Benidorm, Alicante, Spain
Genres Copla, Rumba, Pasodoble, Bolero, Tango, Vals
Occupations Singer, actor, presenter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1956 - 2013
Labels Orpheo, Saef, Belter, BMG, Horus, Vamm
Website manoloescobar
Notable instruments
Voice

Manuel García Escobar (October 19, 1931 – October 24, 2013[1]), better known as Manolo Escobar, was a Spanish singer of Andalusian copla and other Spanish music. He was also an actor and performed in multiple musicals. Some of his most popular songs include "El porompompero" (1962), "Mi carro" (1969), "La minifalda", and "Y viva España".

Biography[edit]

Manuel García Escobar was born to Antonio García and María del Carmen Escobar on October the 19th 1931 and was the fifth of ten children. Early in Manolo's life, his father left the family farm to devote himself to hospitality and culture. Manolo then met a retired Republican teacher, who gave him coverage in exchange for teaching all his brothers, including a musical one. Manolo started playing the flute and played the piano in his early years.

When he was 14, he moved from Almeria to Barcelona with his brothers, where he worked as an apprentice of various trades. He began his career in show business between Badalona (Barcelona) and Barcelona's red-light district (currently known as El Raval), with the group Manolo Escobar y sus guitarras. His brothers Salvador and Baldomero were also in the group. Later, when the group started to become successful, Juan Gabriel (another brother) joined. Other siblings, Juan Gabriel and Maria José, would later write songs for the group.

In 1962, he rose to fame with Canciones del Maestro Solano, his debut in Madrid and Barcelona and the premiere of the movie filmed in the town of Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz): Los Guerrilleros.

Even after 1965, when the copla genre popularity was in decline, Escobar topped charts with his number of record sales and was one of the few artists who had their own company and show.

In the early 1990s, he moved in to his Porompompero chalet in Benidorm (Spain), named after his well acclaimed song. He appeared in more than 20 films and recorded almost 80 albums, 24 of which are gold records, and he also won a platinum cassette. His best-selling album was Y viva España, which sold 6 million (10 million in subsequent official reprints) copies. It was the best-selling album in Spain from 1973 to 1992.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1959, three months after meeting German born Anita Marx, they were married in the Hall "Fiesta" of Platja d'Aro. They got married in Cologne, Germany, without knowing how to speak each other's language. They were married for 53 years (until his death) and he adopted her daughter Vanessa. He dedicated the song Mi pequeña flor (My little flower) to her.

Death[edit]

Manuel García Escobar died of Cancer on 24 October 2013, aged 82.[1][3]

Discography[edit]

  • Espigas y amapolas
  • El ángel de la guarda
  • Aquel hijo
  • Canciones de sus películas
  • Mi carro
  • Sevillanas de Oro
  • Brindis
  • Grandes Éxitos (1971)
  • Entre dos amores
  • Me has hecho perder el juicio
  • Y viva Espania
  • ¡Ay, caridad!
  • Cada lágrima tuya
  • Cuando los niños vienen de Marsella
  • Madrecita Maria del Carmen
  • Por los caminos de España
  • Eva que hace ese hombre en tu cama
  • Qué guapa estás
  • La mujer es un buen negocio
  • Niña Bonita
  • Calor
  • Mis mejores canciones
  • Selección Antológica del cancionero Español
  • Préstemela esta noche
  • Donde hay patrón
  • Labrador
  • Alejandra Mon Amour
  • Mi pequeña flor
  • Amores
  • Manolo, siempre Manolo
  • Mi pequeña flor, Vanessa (Especial Rack)
  • Donde estará mi niño
  • Los grandes pasodobles cantados
  • Papá, te quiero mucho
  • Coraje
  • Sevilla casi ná
  • Miel de Amores
  • Vive la vida
  • Suspiros de Manacor
  • 30 aniversario
  • Por pasodobles, por sevillanas
  • Rumba pa ti
  • Qué bonita eres
  • Tango tango
  • Tiempo al tiempo
  • Con mi acento
  • Aromas de hierbas dulces (tunel)
  • Contemporáneo
  • De puerto en puerto y tiro porqué me tocat
  • Manolo Escobar, 20 años de éxitos

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1963 Los Guerrilleros
1965 Mi canción es para ti Manolo de Lorca/Curro Lucena
1966 El padre Manolo Padre Manolo Ramírez
1966 Un beso en el puerto
1967 Pero, ¿En qué país vivimos? Antonio Torres
1968 Relaciones casi públicas
1969 Juicio de faldas
1970 En un lugar de la Manga
1971 Me debes un muerto
1972 Entre dos amores Gabriel Rivera
1973 Me has hecho perder el juicio
1974 Cuando los niños vienen de Marsella
1975 Eva, ¿qué hace ese hombre en tu cama?
1976 La mujer es un buen negocio
1977 Préstamela esta noche
1978 Donde hay patrón... Manolo
1979 Alejandra mon amour Manolo Sandoval Known as Operación Comando in South America.
1980 ¿Dónde está mi niño? Manolo Andújar
1981 Todo es posible en Granada Remake of José Luis Sáenz de Heredia's 1974 film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Muere Manolo Escobar" El País. Retrieved 24 October 2013. (Spanish)
  2. ^ Sevilla (2011-04-29). "Manolo Escobar receives the golden medal to the merit in the work". 20minutos.es. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Y Viva Espana singer dies aged 82". BBC News. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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