Biography of Armando Manzanero (1935-VVVV)

Armando Manzanero

Mexican musician born in Merida, in the southeast of the country, on December 7, 1935. Man, multi-faceted was pianist, composer of boleros, producer, performer and musical director. It is considered the most important romantic Mexican composer of the post-war period.

He began studying music at eight years of age in the school of fine arts in Merida and completed his training in the city of Mexico, with Rafael's peace and José Sabre Marroquín. Manzanero began his professional career as a pianist in 1951. In 1957 he moved to the city of Mexico, where he worked as a musical promoter EMMI musical editor and as musical director at CBS international, which produced albums for various artists like La Sonora Santanera and Sonia López. He started playing the piano accompanied by great artists, such as Pedro Vargas, Lucho Gatica, Carmela and Rafael, Luis, Demetrio and Daniel Riolobos, among others. Their first song, titled "Never in the world", dates back to the year 1950, and up to 21 different versions have been made of it.

In 1957, Boby Capo recorded "Crying am", while Lucho Gatica took out one of his best-known songs, "I'm going to turn off lights". With these melodies began to be recognized as international composer. In 1959, and thanks in part to the support of Rafael Paz, Manzanero recorded his first album with his own melodies. At the beginning of the 1960s he met the singer Angélica María, who would work as a producer of several albums and soundtracks for film. In 1969, Carlos Lico got to place his ballad "No" at the top of the charts in all Latin America. Also in 1969 he produced an album Duet with José Alfredo Jiménez; later he would work in the production of disks of José José.

From its beginnings as pianist Armando Manzanero has been gaining prestige as an author and as a singer. Has been presented in different venues in America, Europe and Asia, as well as in important local nightlife, hotels and theaters, which include the Lincoln Center of New York, the Memorial in Sao Paulo, the Canecão in Rio de Janeiro, the Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Madison Square Garden in New York, the Sport Arena in California, the Colsubsidio Theatre in Bogotáthe Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, the Teatro Metropolitan, the Auditorio Nacional and the room Netzahualcóyotl in Mexico, etc.

To date, Armando Manzanero has written more than four hundred songs, of which more than fifty have obtained international fame; some of the best known are "this afternoon I saw rain", "I love you", "No", "you learned", "When I'm with you", "Mr. love", "like me ye love," not is you ","It seems like yesterday","I miss you","I'm going to turn off the light","Blind","Happiness"and"I remember", among others. In addition, he has participated in numerous radio and television programs, has recorded more than thirty CDs and has made the soundtracks for several films. Throughout his career he has done productions for various artists such as Amaya, Dyango, María Conchita Alonso or Manoella Torres, including the production of the album Romance and co-production of Romance II, Luis Miguel. He is currently Vice President of the society of authors and composers of music of Mexico (SACM) and continues his work as composer, producer and performer; It is the only Mexican artist with an uninterrupted career. Some of the singers who have interpreted his songs include Frank Sinatra, Eydie Gorme, Paul Muriat, Marilyn Mayle, José José, Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, Frank Pourcel, Raphael, Angélica María, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Pablo Milanés, M. Martha Serra Lima, Lupita D'alessio, Juan Pablo Manzanero, Daniela Romo, Raúl Vale, Carlos Cuevas, Ana Gabriel, Manoella TorresRocío Banquells, Eugenia León, Dyango, Conchita Alonso, Caló, Roberto Carlos, Luis Miguel, Bronco, Simone, Amaya and Tania Libertad, among many others.

In 1962, Manzanero won fifth place in the first Festival of the song of the Palacio de Bellas Artes of Mexico. In 1965 he got first place in the Festival of the song of Miami with the theme "When I'm with you". In 1970, its theme "We are dating", that Perri as recorded under the heading of "It completo de Semana", got a nomination for a Grammy Award. In 1978 he stayed in first place in the Mallorca Festival with the theme "Mr. love", which was interpreted by the sweet singer. In 1978 and 1982, he got two hits at the Yamaha Festival themed "my heart is a hobo" and "Heart friend". In 1993 was awarded the prize to excellence for his artistic career, awarded by Billboad Magazine at premios Lo Nuestro ceremony. In 1994, their songs "not be you" and "I love" monopolized the major awards worldwide, including the Billboad and ASCAP to the most-heard melodies. In 1994 made for Hollywood the musical production of his own composition "not be you" for the movie Speechless. In 1995, Manzanero offered various lectures on music at the University of Berkeley. For his work as a composer, he has received countless distinctions and recognitions of people, companies, institutions, associations, international and governmental bodies at the international level; It would be almost impossible to mention some prize master Manzanero has not received, but for him the important thing is to have managed to transcend generation and staying in direct contact with the youth.

In 1995 he made a record production for the Spanish singer Dyango, La Libertad de Manzanero, whose show kept it running more than seven months with great success. In 1996 he signed a contract with Azteca Music, subsidiary to TV Azteca of Mexico, and made the record production of the telenovela Nada Personal for them. Also did a production for Cheo Feliciano, the video-clip time to love.

In 2000 he met his immortal boleros in the duets album, which counted with the collaboration of voices as the de Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bosé, Café Quijano, Lolita, Malu, Rafa Sánchez (La Union), Soledad Jiménez (Presuntos Implicados) or the barber shop group. In 2002 he returned to Spain to present her new album duets 2 where, as on the previous album, shared songs with artists such as Rosario, Antonio Carmona, María Jiménez, Ana Torroja, Manzanita, or Manu Tenorio, among others.

In October 2005, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, authors who already worked in the two previous duets collected these songs in a final album, all duets, which joined entries of new voices, as Diana Navarro, Concha Buika, Pastora Soler, Sofía Orozco and Pasión Vega, and the great Chavela Vargas.

In September 2010 it replaced in the chairmanship of the Steering Committee of the society of authors and composers of Mexico (SACM) to the late Roberto Cantoral.