Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero dies of COVID-19

The Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero, known as the king of romanticism and president of the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico, died this Monday from COVID-19 after several days intubated in a hospital. He was 85 years old.

“With much pain I regret the death of maestro Armando Manzanero, one of the greatest composers in Mexico, his songs are a definitive part of the sentimental education of Mexicans”The Secretary of Culture of Mexico, Alejandra Frausto, announced on the networks.

“Generous and smiling, always committed to culture. Thank you so much”added the official.

After the news was known, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, had a few words of recognition for the artist and ended his morning press conference.

“I perceived as never before that Armando Manzanero was a man of the people, that is why I am very sorry for his death. A great composer, also representative of Mexican authors and composers”said the president.

“We send to his family and friends, to all the singer-songwriters, our condolences for this unfortunate loss for the artistic world and I no longer want to continue with this press conference and nothing else ends”López Obrador continued, who had Manzanero’s song ‘Adoro’ played to conclude the press conference.

For its part, the Government of Yucatán, Manzanero’s hometown, reported that details of “some tribute to the singer-songwriter who has made Mexico famous”.

Manzanero (Mérida, Yucatán, 1935) leaves behind an unforgettable legacy in the history of music in Spanish, countless records sold and countless recognitions, such as the honorary Grammy Award in 2014.

The author of classics of Mexican romantic music, such as ‘Somos novios’, ‘I’m going to turn off the light’, ‘With you I learned’, ‘This afternoon I saw it rain’ and ‘No’, was hospitalized last week in Mexico City after test positive for COVID-19 and intubated days later.

400 songs

Manzanero had an eclectic career spanning 70 years. In addition to being a pianist, performer and producer, he began to compose in 1950, with ‘Never in the world’. It leaves 400 songs and more than 30 record productions, with love as the main protagonist.

Versioned by Elvis

Aware of the bolero tradition and great sensitivity, the composer connected with the audience with songs that have been covered over the years by artists of the stature of Elvis Presley, with ‘It’s impossible’, an English version of ‘ We are boyfriends’, Dionne Warwick, Tony Bennett, Alejandro Fernández and Christina Aguilera.

Manzanero House

Manzanero’s last public appearance was on December 11, in Mérida, capital of Yucatán, where he inaugurated the Casa Manzanero Museum.

His death has caused a great commotion. The expressions of affection and condolences follow each other, inside and outside of Mexico.