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for the footballer see Antonio Valentín Angelillo
Artist's depiction of Angelillo

Ángel Sampedro Montero (12 January 1908 in Vallecas, Madrid- 24 November 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina), better known as Angelillo, was a Spanish singer of popular songs in his time. He has been described as a "popular idol of the flamenco copla",[1] a very particular style of flamenco, along with fandangos, soleares, saetas, caracoles and tarantas etc. He was also one of the earliest singers to sing in a forced falsetto in flamenco.[2] He was also an actor in musical films of Andalusian folklore: He appeared in films such as La hija de Juan Simón (1935) and Suspiros de Triana (1955), becoming a film star for Filmófono and working with esteemed directors such as Luis Buñuel, which led to him being nicknamed “the nightingale of Andalusia”.[3]

Angelillo was one of the most outspoken advocates of the Republic, with communist ideologies.[4] He fled to Oran and from there, accompanied by Sabicas, to Argentina, where he quickly gained immense popularity. He returned to Spain in the 1950s.


  1. ^ Peiró, Eva Woods (24 January 2012). White Gypsies: Race and Stardom in Spanish Musicals. U of Minnesota Press. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-8166-4584-8. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Pohren, Donn E. (16 June 2005). The Art of Flamenco. Bold Strummer Ltd. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-933224-02-5. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Gubern, Román; Hammond, Paul (4 January 2012). Luis Buñuel: The Red Years, 1929-1939. University of Wisconsin Pres. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-299-28474-9. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Aranda, J. Francisco (May 1976). Luis Buñuel: a critical biography. Da Capo Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-306-70754-4. Retrieved 15 July 2012.