Alberto Cortez

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Alberto Cortez
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Background information
Birth nameJosé Alberto García Gallo
Born(1940-03-11)March 11, 1940[1]
OriginRancul, Argentina
Died4 April 2019(2019-04-04) (aged 79)
Madrid, Spain
Years active1960s-2019

Alberto Cortez (born José Alberto García Gallo; March 11, 1940 – April 4, 2019)[1] was an Argentine singer and songwriter. Cortez and his wife Renée Goovaerts lived in Madrid.[2]


Cortez was born in Rancul, La Pampa Province, Argentina.[1][3][4] He began elementary school at the Alberto Williams conservatory at the age of six. He began composing songs at twelve, including "Un cigarrillo, la lluvia y tú". Later he entered Manuel Ignacio Molina de San Rafael Junior High School in Mendoza province. There he continued his studies of music at the Chopin of San Rafael conservatory.[5]

At seventeen, Cortez became the singer of the Arizona orchestra, where he was known as Chiquito García. At eighteen, he went to study in the Social Sciences and Law School of Buenos Aires and sang in bars to help himself with his studies.[5] Later Cortez began to sing in the orchestra of Mario Cardi and was contracted to sing in the San Francisco jazz orchestra. He traveled all over the country with them and began to use his pseudonym "Alberto Cortez" while singing with the orchestra of Armando Pointier. Cortez dropped out of school and dedicated himself fully to music.[5]

Aged twenty, Cortez travelled to Antwerp, Belgium where he recorded his first album. His record "Sucu Sucu" reached number one.[5] Cortez met Renee Govaerts and later married her. After a difficult start he consolidated himself as one of the most renowned composer-singers of Latin America with hits like "Mi árbol y yo", "Mariana", "Como el primer día", "A partir de mañana" and "Callejero".[6]

He died as a result of a gastric hemorrhage, on April 4, 2019 in the city of Madrid, Spain, at 79 years of age.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Alberto Cortez: "Soy un animal de escenario" InfoRegión - Sep 13, 2007
  2. ^ Alberto Cortez, Lucho Gatica, Olga Guillot, Los Tigres del Norte, Os ... Business Wire - Sep 17, 2007.
  3. ^ Cuatro decadas en busca de la rima.(Cultura) Reforma - Nov 24, 2000
  4. ^ La balada: mensaje universal - Carlos Bolívar Ramírez - 2001 - Page 188
  5. ^ a b c d Biography on the Official website (Spanish).
  6. ^ entry for Alberto Cortez.
  7. ^

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