The popular Mexican singer best known for his role in the Spanish romantic ballads in the 70s died near Miami, Florida, at age 71 after suffering a cancer for which he was hospitalized in Mexico City in 2017.
His death occurs in the midst of an alleged family kidnapping under the Guardianship of his youngest daughter, Sarita.
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How Jose Jose put Mexico on the Music-Map in the 70s
Upon hearing the news, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described the death as “very unfortunate” and stressed that he was “an extraordinary singer.” In addition, he added that the “best tribute is to remember and keep listening.”
Honorary member of the select group of the most popular and beloved idols in Latin America, along with Vicente Fernández and Juan Gabriel, his death, like that of the latter, suffers deep within the hearts of his followers.
Many of the romantic ballads that Mexicans (those of birth and those of heart) sing with greater feeling, became famous in the last three decades of the last century thanks to the powerful, deep and warm voice of José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, better known like José José. For that reason and for the solid quality of their interpretations, it represents one of the greatest musical influences in pop and even in Spanish-speaking rock.
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Born José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, the singer made a name for himself in 1970, when he performed “El Triste” at the Festival de la Canción Latina, according to CNN. Jose Jose left the music-international community stunned.
His interpretation of El triste at the 1970’s Latin Song Festival YouTube video has more than 40 million views.
In it, you can see a very young José who, at just 22 years old, left the public embarrassed, among which were Angelica María and Marco Antonio Muñiz visibly impressed, with the revelation of his extraordinary voice.
That international debut prevails as a strong example of the acute musical sensitivity that José José inherited from his parents, developed musicians.
Although he had already recorded two albums as Pepe Sosa, it is until 1969 when José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz receives his first record opportunity with RCA Víctor and decides to adopt the name of José José, in honor of his recently deceased father.
Regardless of each person’s preference or disdain for romantic music, few would dare to ignore or demerit the artistic talent of José José, perhaps because the greatest fault that could be claimed was his propensity to fall into excesses, to neglect his health and his voice, something that falls in the field of human failures that the public forgives because yes, because it is simply known that life is not easy.