Lucho Gatica, the King of Bolero, Dead at 90

Lucho Gatica, the King of Bolero, Dead at 90


The suave vocal supply of the South American Frank Sinatra was as seductive for world audiences because the timeless boleros he sang

Lucho Gatica, the Chilean singer often known as “the king of bolero,” has died at age 90. Gatica handed away Tuesday (Nov. 13) in Mexico City, the place he resided.

His loss of life instantly made headlines not solely in Mexico and his native Chile, however round Latin America and Spain.

Known early in his profession for his elegant model in addition to his honeyed voice, Gatica was a South American Frank Sinatra whose renown as a Latin lover (musically talking) pre-dated the rise of Julio Iglesias and influenced subsequent generations of Latin crooners. Like Sinatra, Gatica, often known as the “king of bolero” appeared steadily in film musicals in his heyday.

The Chilean singer burst onto the Latin scene within the early 1950s with data of “Me Importas T,” “Contigo en la Distancia,” “Besame Mucho” and different songs that are everlasting gems of the Latin songbook. His interpretation of Roberto Cantoral’s “el Reloj” additionally turned a signature.

Gatica recorded for Capitol Recorded in 1956, and the following 12 months relocated to Mexico, which widened his publicity. Diverse artists together with Nelly Furtado, Laura Pausini, Luis Fonsi, Il Volo and Chilean rocker Beto Cuevas recorded duets with Gatica for a 2013 tribute album, Hstoria de un Amor.

More than a half century earlier, in 1957, Gatica was requested by a author for Chilean film journal Ecran if he felt threatened by rock and roll and Elvis Presley, who he'd met in Los Angeles when the American “king” was filming Jailhouse Rock.

“As far because the competitors that rock and roll might current for melodic music, I’m not afraid of it,” Gatica stated on the time. “The new rhythm doesn’t should displace the bolero. There are sufficient followers for each.”

On the event of his 90th birthday this previous Aug. 11, a bronze statue of Gatica was unveiled in his native metropolis, Rancagua, Chile. Gatica had seven youngsters and 11 grandchildren.

The precise reason for the Latin music nice’s loss of life was not instantly identified.