Legendary Mexican singer-songwriter was 85 – Deadline

Armando Manzanero, the famous Mexican singer-songwriter whose compositions include the ‘It’s Impossible’ standard, died Monday of complications from Covid-19. He was 85 years old.

According to Mexico the universal, Manzanero tested positive for the coronavirus on December 17 and was intubated five days later. It was stable until Sunday evening.

Manzanero is known for composing hundreds of songs, many of which have been translated into English, most notably “Somos Novios”, which was recorded in English as “It’s Impossible” by Perry Como and Elvis Presley. He also wrote the classics “Adoro” and “Esta tarde vi llover” and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2014. Most recently, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

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Harvey Mason Jr., President and Interim President / CEO of the Recording Academy, and Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, released a statement upon hearing of the news of Manzanero’s death:

One of the world’s best known and acclaimed Latin music composers, Armando Manzanero does not need to be introduced. He began his career at the age of 15 with the premiere of more than 400 original works composed over a span of more than seven decades. Transcending languages, genres and generations, Manzanero’s songs have been performed by many artists, from Perry Como, Elis Regina and Elvis Presley to Tania Libertad, Gal Costa and Eugenia León.

Manzanero was a Latin Grammy winner and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Latin Recording Academy and the Recording Academy. Most importantly, he was a great friend and supporter of the Latin Academy. He will be sorely missed, but his melodies and larger than life personality will live on forever.

His passing is a great loss for the music industry. Our hearts go out to the Manzanero family, the Mexican Society of Songwriters, its fans and all of Mexico during this difficult time.

Manzanero received a 1971 Grammy nomination for Song of the Year for co-writing the instant standard “It’s Impossible,” which was one of the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits for Como.

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The musician was president of the Mexican Society of Authors and Composers (SACM) until 2011. The official SACM Twitter account paid homage to Manzanero, remembering him as an “exceptional composer” and “l ‘romantic soul of Mexico’.

“He was one of the greatest artists of our time, creator of ‘the most beautiful music in the world’,” the SACM’s Twitter post said.

During his seven-decade career, Manzanero has composed over 600 songs, including “Nunca en el mundo”, “Te Extraño” and “Contigo Aprendí”. The latter was one of four songs recorded by Luis Miguel as part of 1997 Romances, an album co-produced by Manzanero.

Many musicians have taken to social media to honor the singer-songwriter. Marc Anthony wrote: “Maestro Armando Manzanero passed away today. A person with enormous talent, an admirable man who, with his music and his writing, has inspired so many of us. Amid the sadness of his passing, I am grateful for the blessing of his musical legacy. Thank you very much, maestro.

Maluma wrote on Instagram: “I will keep this memory forever. Today one of my biggest inspirations died. Sending greetings to family members. I am with you from afar.

Paulina Rubio posted a video with the caption: “One from Mexico and one of the biggest in the world. Your death hurts us. We are fortunate to have your music. Sending a big hug to his family.

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