Paco de Lucia died last night whilst on holidays with his family in Mexico. He was 66.
Together with the great vocalist Camarón de la Isla, Paco is -was- considered to be the leading light of flamenco, and the reason it firmly took its place on the world stage
alongside Jazz or bossa nova.
Born in Algeciras (Cádiz) on the 21st of December 1947, Paco has won every major international music award going (even a Grammy!) for his soulful re-interpretation of the
gypsy songs of his youth.
He was known as de Lucia for his Portuguese mother. There are a lot of Pacos on the streets of Spain, and to stand out you need a twist.
He won his first competition at the age of 12, when he performed in Jerez with his brother Pepe, calling themselves Los Chiquitos de Algeciras and shortly afterwards recorded his
first LP. Months later, he was touring the USA with José Greco. Times were different back then.
The German managerial duo Horst Lippmann & Fritz Rau spotted him and snapped him up a few years later. He was on his way to becoming an international superstar. That’s when he
met Cameron, and the two returned to Madrid to firmly establish flamenco as the music it is today.