A word about Paco De Lucia (1947-2014)

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Like many of you, I have a “gallego” connection.    My maternal grandfather was born in Asturias.   My father’s family settled in Sagua La Grande after moving from Spain in the 1840’s.    So I remember growing up listening and hearing “flamenco”, “paso doble”  and other examples of Spanish music.

About 35 years ago, I heard a great song on the radio.  It was performed in a Spanish flamenco style.  The announcer said “Paco de Lucia” and I stopped by a local classical music store and got me a copy.  I became a big fan instantly.

Paco Lucia was born on this day in 1947.

Back in 2014, we were stunned to hear that Paco de Lucia died during a vacation in Mexico:

“He was born Francisco Sánchez Gómez in Algeciras on Dec. 21, 1947, and aspired to play the guitar from childhood after receiving his first lessons from his father. When he was 14, he won an international flamenco competition and shortly thereafter made his first recording, “Los Chiquitos de Algeciras,” with his brother Ramón, who also played guitar.  His Gypsy neighborhood inspired his stage name. It was full of children called Paco (short for Francisco), he said, so he was referred to as “the Paco of Lucía,” his mother’s name.”

RIP Paco de Lucia.