The Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero, known as ‘the king of the romantic ballad’, died this Monday, December 28 with COVID-19 after spending several days intubated in a hospital, as confirmed by the Secretary of Culture of Mexico, Alejandra Frausto.
Manzanero had turned 85 on December 7. And a few days later he had been at the inauguration in Yucatán of the Museo Casa Manzanero. But a few days ago, he was admitted to a hospital in the Mexican capital for presenting symptoms of coronavirus.
Armando Manzanero was one of the most famous composers and performers of ballads and boleros in Latin America. He began his music studies at the School of Fine Arts in Mérida, Yucatán. A formation that ended in Mexico City with teachers like Mario Ruiz Armengol, Chucho Zarzosa and Vicente Garrido. In 1951 he began to work as a pianist and after working in the Mexican branch of the record company CBS Internacional, in 1959 he recorded his first album with his own songs. Her first single titled Never in the world, came to have more than twenty versions in different languages. Since then his albums have been a success and his popularity exceeds the borders of Mexico.
In 1978 the theme Sir love becomes an international success, which he would repeat shortly after with the song Friend heart. In 1993 he received the Award of Excellence for his career from Billboard magazine and in 2010 the Award for Musical Excellence from the Latin Recording Academy, awarded by the Latin Grammy.
Throughout his 74-year career, Manzanero sang with interpreters from all over the world, such as the Spanish Alejandro Sanz, Carmen París, Presuntos Implicados and Miguel Bosé.
Also with Cubans Celia Cruz, Halia María Mompié and Francisco Céspedes; the Mexicans Luis Miguel, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Pedro Vargas, Lucero and Susana Zavaleta, and the Brazilians Roberto Carlos and Ellis Regina.
“We send his family and friends, to all the singer-songwriters, our condolences for this unfortunate loss for the artistic world,” said the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, after hearing the news during a press conference on Monday. An encounter that has ended with the reproduction of the song I like of Manzanero.