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Manolo Escobar

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  • Years Active: 1960s


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Manuel García Escobar (October 19, 1931 – October 24, 2013), better known as Manolo Escobar, was a Spanish singer of Andalusian copla and other Spanish music. He was also an actor and performed in multiple musicals. Some of his most popular songs include "El porompompero" (1962), "Mi carro" (1969), "La minifalda", and "Y viva España".

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Manuel García Escobar was born to Antonio García and María del Carmen Escobar on October the 19th 1931 and was the fifth of ten children. Early in Manolo's life, his father left the family farm to devote himself to hospitality and culture. Manolo then met a retired Republican teacher, who gave him coverage in exchange for teaching all his brothers, including a musical one. Manolo started playing the flute and played the piano in his early years.

When he was 14, he moved from Almeria to Barcelona with his brothers, where he worked as an apprentice of various trades. He began his career in show business between Badalona (Barcelona) and Barcelona's red-light district (currently known as El Raval), with the group Manolo Escobar y sus guitarras. His brothers Salvador and Baldomero were also in the group. Later, when the group started to become successful, Juan Gabriel (another brother) joined. Other siblings, Juan Gabriel and Maria José, would later write songs for the group.

In 1962, he rose to fame with Canciones del Maestro Solano, his debut in Madrid and Barcelona and the premiere of the movie filmed in the town of Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz): Los Guerrilleros.

Even after 1965, when the copla genre popularity was in decline, Escobar topped charts with his number of record sales and was one of the few artists who had their own company and show.

In the early 1990s, he moved in to his Porompompero chalet in Benidorm (Spain), named after his well acclaimed song. He appeared in more than 20 films and recorded almost 80 albums, 24 of which are gold records, and he also won a platinum cassette. His best-selling album was Y viva España, which sold 6 million (10 million in subsequent official reprints) copies. It was the best-selling album in Spain from 1973 to 1992.

^ Sevilla (2011-04-29). "Manolo Escobar receives the golden medal to the merit in the work". 20minutos.es. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 

Personal life[edit]

In 1959, three months after meeting German born Anita Marx, they were married in the Hall "Fiesta" of Platja d'Aro. They got married in Cologne, Germany, without knowing how to speak each other's language. They were married for 53 years (until his death) and he adopted her daughter Vanessa. He dedicated the song Mi pequeña flor (My little flower) to her.


Manuel García Escobar died of Cancer on 24 October 2013, aged 82.

^ "Muere Manolo Escobar" El País. Retrieved 24 October 2013. (Spanish)^ "Y Viva Espana singer dies aged 82". BBC News. Retrieved 24 October 2013.


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