Who is Armando Manzanero? Armando Manzanero Bio/Wiki
Armando Manzanero Canché aka Armando Manzanero was a Mayan-born Mexican musician, singer, and composer, best known as the postwar era’s premier Mexican romantic composer and one of Latin America’s most prolific composers. He was born on 7 December 1935 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.
After being diagnosed with COVID-19, Manzanero was hospitalized in Mexico City on 17 December 2020. His health deteriorated and on 23 December he became intubated. Manzanero died from the virus five days later at the age of 85.
Q suerte haber podido conocerte y conocer tu arte en primera persona… cantar y compartir con uno de los mayores referentes de la música latina… Hoy nos dejas… pero siempre te llevaré en mi corazón. Descansa en paz #ArmandoManzanero pic.twitter.com/4PorG2qs9b
— Malú (@_MaluOficial_) December 28, 2020
He was 85 years old.
He was introduced to the world of music at the age of eight at his native city’s Escuela de Bellas Artes (School of Fine Arts), and later continued his musical studies in Mexico City. He wrote his first melody in 1950, at the age of fifteen, titled Nunca en el Mundo (Never in the World), of which twenty-one versions have been published to date in various languages.
He started his professional career as a pianist the following year. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in the United States in 2014. He was the president of the Mexican Society of Authors and Composers.
In 1959, he was encouraged by an executive of RCA Victor to record his first album of love songs, called Mi Primera Grabación (My First Record).
Armando Manzanero died after fighting for weeks against Covid-19 on Monday morning.
Manzanero died in a hospital in Mexico City, reported to CNN by the Mexico Society for Writers and Composers. After testing positive for Covid-19, he was hospitalized in mid-December, CNN reported at the time.
But his manager, Laura Blum, said he died of complications from kidney disease at a Mexico City hospital.
Hoy nos deja el maestro #ArmandoManzanero. Un talento gigante, hombre admirable que con su música y sus letras fue inspiración para muchos de nosotros. En medio de la tristeza por su partida agradezco la bendición de su legado musical. Gracias por tanto maestro. #LaMusicaNoMuere pic.twitter.com/ooeqwyRvev
— Marc Anthony (@MarcAnthony) December 28, 2020