Paco de Lucia 1947-2014
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?