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. His popular songs include "El porompompero" (1962), "Mi carro" (1969), "La minifalda", and "Y viva España".Cite error: The named reference pais was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
Manuel García Escobar was born to Antonio García and María del Carmen Escobar on October 19, 1931, the fifth of ten children. Early in Escobar's life, his father left the family tradition of farming to devote himself to hospitality and culture. Antonio then met a retired teacher who had lost his family in the Spanish Civil War. Antonio gave the teacher room and board in exchange for teaching all of his children music. Escobar started playing the flute and the piano in his early years.
When he was 14, he moved from Almería to Barcelona with his brothers, working as an apprentice in various trades. He began his career in show business between Badalona and Barcelona's red-light district (currently known as El Raval), with the group Manolo Escobar y sus guitarras (Manolo Escobar and his guitars). His brothers Salvador and Baldomero were also in the group. Later, when the group started to become successful, Juan Gabriel, another brother, joined. Juan Gabriel and sister, 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's popularity was in decline, Escobar topped record sales lists, and was one of the few artists who had his own company and show.
In the early 1990s, he moved in to his "Porompompero" chalet in Benidorm, named after his acclaimed song. He appeared in more than 20 films and recorded almost 80 albums, 24 of which are gold records He also had a platinum selling 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.
In 1959, three months after meeting German-born Anita Marx, Escobar married her. They were married in Cologne, Germany, without knowing how to speak each other's language. They were married for 53 years until his death. He adopted her daughter, Vanessa and dedicated the song "Mi pequeña flor" (My little flower) to her.
Manuel García Escobar died of cancer on 24 October 2013, at the age of 82."Muere Manolo Escobar" El País. Retrieved 24 October 2013. (Spanish) "Y Viva Espana singer dies aged 82". BBC News. Retrieved 24 October 2013.