José Miguel Class
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|José Miguel Class|
September 26, 1938|
Manatí, Puerto Rico
|Died||April 13, 2017
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
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Nicknamed "El Gallito de Manatí" ("Manati's Bantam"), Class achieved fame in Puerto Rico in the 1960s before moving to Mexico, where he achieved wide success. His period as a resident there proved important for his career: He released various Mexican music albums and he was able to achieve fame across Central America, South America and the rest of the Caribbean.
When Class returned to Puerto Rico during the decade of the '70s, he immediately landed a weekly television show in Rafael Perez Perry's Channel 11, which he co-hosted with Awilda (Awilda La Mimosa) Pedrosa. His adopted Mexican accent was noticeable during the run of this show; as a matter of a fact, he kept the Mexican accent for a very long time. His catchphrase was "Yo soy el Gallo!" ("I am the Rooster!") He retired to his hometown of Manati. He released over 20 albums, many of which have been converted into CD format.
- "Despedida", written by Tita Calderón
- José Miguel Class biography, National Foundation for Popular Culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico (in Spanish), prpop.org; accessed April 13, 2017.
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