Biography of Manolo Escobar (1932-2013)

Considered the most popular performer of the so-called "Spanish song", Manuel García Escobar - Manolo Escobar - was born in the town of El Ejido, Almería, on October 19, 1932 and died in Benidorm, Alicante, on October 24, 2013. Son of a very large family, at the age of fourteen emigrated to Barcelona and in 1957 made his debut as an amateur in a program of Radio Barcelona. The acceptance by the listeners of the radio station encouraged the young singer to take seriously what until then was not more than a hobby. At the end of that same year it makes its presentation at the key theatre. Along with his brothers Juan Gabriel, Baldomero and Salvador accompanying him on guitar, Manolo Escobar began to become habitual in a circuit of local who was gradually extended as his fame grew.

Sharing actions with shareholdings in companies of varieties, their recordings or personal (below of olives, Seville La bride, to the compass of the Garrotín...) soon become successive successes during the first half of the 1960s; It became part of the record label that dominated the top of sales with themes such as Ni is purchase or sale or to El Rocio, and edited them membership elements a repertoire which mixed pasodobles (when instructs the heart, Fandangos De Amores), songs with clear influences flamenco, sevillanas, rumbas, etc. In 1960 the subject El Porompompero made him the most popular Spanish artist of the moment. The song had been composed for Enrique Vargas - the Gypsy Prince - who had been in his repertoire, although difficulties with their record label prevented him from recording it. 1962 El Porompompero had harvested sales over half a million copies and spread its popularity in numerous countries around the world.

Tempted on numerous occasions by the cinema, in 1963 made his first role as an actor in the film the guerrillas, led by Pedro L. Ramírez, along with the also debuting Rocío Jurado. Onwards and in a continuous way, Manolo Escobar was alternating record editions and interventions in films (my song is for you"in 1964, a kiss in the port, 1965, father Manolo, 1966) with great popular acceptance in both cases since the quality of the films may not be taken into account: always serve the arguments as mere nexus of the songs performed by the protagonist. In 1966 another song, Madrecita María del Carmen, returned to consecrate him as the most sought-after interpreter in the radio programmes of requests for the listener and the Spanish artist's higher sales of the Decade.

The 1970s opened with a new success in the career of Manolo Escobar: my truck song, included in the 1970 film in a place of sleeve - with Concha Velasco sharing the role of protagonist-, exceeded sales in El Porompompero, both nationally and abroad. It was the first of another run of wins as ¡Ay, Caridad, and Viva Spain (1974) and the miniskirt.

At the end of the decade the label Belter began entering an economic crisis that would motivate his disappearance in 1981. Manolo Escobar reoriented its repertoire towards the interpretation of pasodobles, in a few years in which the taste for Spanish song ever not crossed his Prime; Almeria singer always maintained a loyal audience that admired him on and off the stage. In 1993 this known Amateur Football follower faithful Soccer Club Barcelona, presented a television show dedicated to his second passion, and its prestige lived a second stage of gold with the revival of the song and the Spanish song among the public.

On April 16, 1998 was awarded the prize to the best artist of Spanish song in the second edition of the music awards for 1997.

Manolo Escobar, virtually retired from the stage for several years, presented a show, half-way between the "acoustic" concert and the literary cabaret, called "Of Manolo to Escobar", where he reviewed his career in a feature directed by the avant-gardist Xavier Albertí (who was director of the Grec Festival) in September 2006.