Paco de Lu­cia 1947-2014

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It is with deep sad­ness that we re­port the death of Paco de Lu­cia, re­garded by many as the finest fla­menco gui­tarist in the world. Paco was born Fran­cisco Sanchez Gomez in Al­ge­ci­ras, Spain. His fa­ther was the fla­menco gui­tarist An­to­nio Sanchez, who en­cour­aged Paco to take up the gui­tar at an early age and prac­tise 12 hours a day. Paco made his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance on Ra­dio Al­ge­ci­ras at age 11 in 1958, and had be­come an es­tab­lished fla­menco solo artist by the late 1960s.

Paco’s name reached a wider au­di­ence via his col­lab­o­ra­tions with jazz-fu­sion gui­tar vir­tu­osos dur­ing the late 70s and the live al­bum Fri­day Night In San Fran­cisco (1981), with Al Di Me­ola and John McLaugh­lin, is one of the most cel­e­brated acous­tic live al­bums of all time.

Paco was an in­no­va­tor who took Fla­menco gui­tar to new lev­els. How­ever his bi­og­ra­pher, Donn Pohren, de­scribed him as an ex­tremely shy and pri­vate per­son, who “was dis­mayed at the in­creased pres­sure fame placed upon his shoul­ders, de­mand­ing that he con­stantly in­no­vate and work harder to achieve tech­ni­cal and rev­o­lu­tion­ary per­fec­tion”.

Paco died on Fe­bru­ary 26 while on hol­i­day in Mex­ico, of a heart at­tack while play­ing with his chil­dren. He will be sorely missed by the mu­sic world. RI P Señor!

Paco de Lu­cia: great­est fla­menco gui­tarist of all time?

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