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Armando Manzanero, the eternal composer of love who wanted to live in a utopian world


Lima, December 7, 2021Updated on 07/12/2021 06:00 am

The Mexican composer and singer Armando Manzanero was born on December 7, 1935. In one of the many visits he made to Peru, he confessed that he would have liked “Be a circus of the great theater of life”.

It would be our Chabuca Granda who, according to the singer’s words, would predict its success. It was she who encouraged him to sing his own compositions.

He studied music at the School of Fine Arts in Yucatán. In 1951 he began his career as a pianist and composer.

From his first recognition, at the 1962 Festival de la Canción de México, his music began to be broadcast on the radio.

‘With you I learned’, ‘I adore’, ‘This afternoon I saw it rain’, ‘Nothing personal’ are some of his most famous compositions, which, according to the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico, amount to 600 pieces. “We Are Boyfriends” was adapted into English by Sid Wayne and sung by Elvis Presley.

The boleros returned to the radio stations and three more albums were produced from this musical alliance: ‘Segundo Romance’ (1994), ‘Romances’ (1997) and ‘Mis romances’ (2001).

Armando Manzanero was also an actor and producer. Winner of the 2011 Latin Grammy in the category of Best Pop Duo or Group Vocal Album, in addition to multiple recognitions and tributes such as the one received at the Latin Billboard 2020, where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meeting of the Mexican singer Armando Manzanero with his impersonator, the Peruvian comedian Fernando del Águila.  Photo: Carlos del Rosario / GEC Historical Archive

In an interview published in 1994, the El Dominical journalist asked him how he described himself:

“He is an ordinary guy, but with enormous problems for this world. He is very rigorous with himself, when he has faults he tries to correct them and he imposes a discipline. He is a guy who would rather live in a utopian world, a reality that does not exist “.

Armando Manzanero left a percentage of his song royalties to his six children.  As well as properties and more.  (Photo: @armandomanzanerooficial)

Although it is hard to believe, Armando Manzanero, the eternal lover of love, died on December 28, 2020 due to complications associated with Covid-19. He was 85 years old.

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