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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 December 1947Algeciras, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain
Date of Death 25 February 2014Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico  (heart attack)
Birth NameFrancisco Sánchez Gómez
Nickname Manitos de Oro

Mini Bio (1)

Paco de Lucía was born on December 21, 1947 in Algeciras, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain as Francisco Sánchez Gómez. He was married to Casilda Varela. He died on February 25, 2014 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Spouse (1)

Casilda Varela (1977 - 25 February 2014) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (3)

He recorded his first album in Madrid when he was 18.
He became famous in the 1970s after recording the bestselling album "Entre Dos Aguas". In 1975, he became the first flamenco musician to perform at Madrid's opera house Teatro Real.
He created his stage name in honor of his mother, Lucia Gomes.

Personal Quotes (4)

I love the sea. Swimming, fishing, going out in my boat - that gives me tranquility. Nowadays, I love to read as well. Historical fiction is what I discovered for myself.
As a young man, my greatest inspiration was [flamenco singer] Camaron de la Isla, no doubt. That was the best time of my life I would say. I learned so much and matured in this period. Later, my collaboration with Chick Corea, John [McLaughlin] and Al [Di Meola] in the guitar trio was something very special. I was very afraid in the beginning how to play with these fine musicians. But I found my way and I'm sure their playing also changed my music a lot.
I have to confess that I still do not read music at all. When I look at all the artists today I think they are doing the right thing to learn as much as possible about music. When I was young I simply had no choice but to learn by ear. Some people say that this might be a reason why my music comes more from inspiration than from intellect.
I grew up with my family in a gypsy neighborhood. There was music all day long until late in the night. My father was a guitar player and composer, my two brothers Ramon and Pepe became musicians. When you hear music every day it becomes like milk that you drink and that you need every day. And even before I started to play an instrument, I knew all the rhythms and was able to distinguish the falsettas' in the compositions.

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