Wednesday , August 4 2021

Goodbye to the King of Bolero inspired by his song

Luis Enrique Gatica Silva. Photo: Special

I'm not afraid of death, I'm very happy, "the call said The King of the Bowler, Lucho Gatica, who died yesterday at the age of 90, in the city of Mexico, leaving a legacy in his home country in Chile and our country that has welcomed him for more than half a century and where he established his reputation beyond Latin American border, thanks to his velvet voice, which revolutionized the way in which a bolero was interpreted, as found in "History of the Mind" and "Contigo a la distancia".

His death was confirmed by his son, Mexican actor Luis Gatica, who in the social networks dedicated only the words: a good trip! I love you, I do not detail the cause of death. Hours after the news spread, Chilean President Chibi, Sebastian Pierra, announced that he declared a national duel next Thursday.

With her voice and interpretation, she inspired Paul McCartney, Luis Miguel and Elvis Presley. Therefore, his death left a gap in the music world.

He arrived in Mexico in 1957 and here he developed most of his 70-year career, recording 13 albums, the latter, titled History of a Love She started her at the age of 85. In this he managed to bring together artists such as Laura Pausini, Pepe Aguilar, Miguel Bosé, Olga Tañón and Ricardo Montaner, to name a few.

Our country was where the "Do not Tell Me" interpretation exceeded the one million copies sold and the place where he recorded another of his boleros, which "assembled for me".

"On Thursday there will be a national duel, because, at the age of 90, we left the great Lucho Gatica, the king of Boleros. A huge Chilean musician, world-renowned for his talent and often decorated for his merits. My prayers and the most sincere condolences for your family and friends "

Sebastián Piñera

President of Chile

For his productive career, he is one of the two Chileans who has a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The other is Don Francisco.

His career began in his childhood when his brother Arturo Gatica called him to sing with him on the Rancagua radio in Chile, where he was born. His talent and the overturning of the volley in his country of origin led Luis Gatica to dedicate his life to this musical genre, where he premiered with the song "Me importaas tú".

In 1953 he took his first musical tour that went to Colombia, the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom. Your second tour international were in Peru, Brazil and Lima.

Six years later, he won the title "King of the Bolero" in Spain when he made his debut at El Retiro Park in Madrid, where the songs "Sabor a mi" and "La barca" were successful.

After staying in the United States, his 90s career began to appear when singer Luis Miguel incorporated the Goletica boleros into his repertoire, which became a success for both. Even the interpreters came to share the scene.

His career not only focused on the musical field but also on 15 films among them Do not tell me, theater of crime and Everyone's music.

In literature, he was immersed in Nobel Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, as Aunt Julia and the scribe, where he tells his visit to Lima, Peru.

For all of the above, the artists expressed regret for their loss. One of these was Beto Cuevas, Chilean singer and former La Ley singer, who on Twitter wrote: "Lucho Gatica, a great voice that spoke to the hearts of millions of people all over the world." He was a great singer who could sing with you for your tribute.

  • The data: The Beatles, They have been influenced by Gatica when they made their own version of "Bésame mucho" they knew with the voice of Chilean.

The voice that stopped the hour

LThe history of the bolero is a chronicle of recurring dangers: the main countries that cultivate the species (Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Dominican, Venezuela …) are knitting a network painted by the pressing inks of desire. The Caribbean Sea, a collaborator and a witness, bathes with its foams the overflow of passion that defines us as animals we love. / Chilean Lucho Gatica (1928-2018) he knew very well with him an attractive figure and unmistakable style became the dream of thousands of fans of Spanish America. He arrived in Cuba in 1954 to sing "Sinceridad", the great success he supported. Olga Guillot introduced him to the barbed wire and learned "with you in a distance" and "inside us". He visited Havana eight times and was enthralled by the weight of his phrase and the embraced melodious delicacy that made the ladies sigh. / / In Mexico he led "No me platiques más" (Vicente arrido) and sold one million albums during those years. As a child, I remember from the Nobel of Avana, the voice of the son of Rancaugh played "You used me", "The story of a love", "My girlfriend", "The intrigue", "My love", "Secret love" … But, the melodies "La barca" and "El reloj", by Roberto Cantoral, flood the familiar spaces. My mother sang a duet with Lucho Gatica on the radio: "Watch to stop your path / Because my life goes out / It's my star / My glamorous style / I am without love I'm nothing." Lucho Gatica stopped her voice, her voice temptation quietly to the women of my home.

With Carlos Olivares Baró

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