Armando Manzanero

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Armando Manzanero
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Background information
Birth nameArmando Manzanero Canché
Born (1935-12-07) 7 December 1935 (age 84)
OriginMérida, Yucatán,  Mexico
  • Composer
  • pianist
  • singer
  • Piano
  • voice
Years active1950–present
LabelsRCA Victor

Armando Manzanero Canché (born in Mérida, Yucatán on 7 December 1935) is a Mexican musician, singer, and composer of Maya descent,[1] widely considered the premier Mexican romantic composer of the postwar era and one of the most successful composers of Latin America.[2] He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in United States in 2014. He is the current president of the Mexican Society of Authors and Composers (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México).[3]


At the age of eight he was introduced into the world of music in the Escuela de Bellas Artes (School of Fine Arts) of his native city, later furthering his musical studies in Mexico City. In 1950, at the age of fifteen, he composed his first melody titled Nunca en el Mundo (Never in the World), of which twenty-one versions in different languages have been recorded to date.[4] The following year he began his professional career as a pianist.

In 1957 he was signed as musical director by the Mexican branch of CBS International and as Musical Promoter for EMI,[5] becoming the next year the pianist of Latin American artists such as Pedro Vargas, Lucho Gatica and Raphael.[4]

In 1959, an executive of RCA Victor urged him to record his first album of love songs, which he named Mi Primera Grabación (My First Record).[5]

In 1965 he won the first place of the Festival de la Canción (Song Festival) in Miami with the song Cuando Estoy Contigo (When I'm With You).[6]

In 1970, his song "Somos Novios" was translated into English by Sid Wayne, composer for Elvis Presley. The English version, "It's Impossible", was performed by Perry Como and was nominated for a Grammy.

In 1978 he won the first place of the Mallorca Festival in Spain, with the song Señor Amor (Mister Love). In 1982, the song Corazón Amigo (Heart Friend), was honored in the Yamaha Festival. In 1993 Billboard magazine gave him an award for his excellent musical career.[7]

In 2011, Manzanero became President of and one of the main directors of the Asociación Nacional de Autores y Compositores (Mexican National Association of Authors and Composers). He also served as Vice President of the association From 1982 through 2011. His work in defense of copyright laws has strengthened this organization and has given it international acclaim.[8]

A man wearing a gray suit facings left with a microphone on his right hand. His eyes are closed.
Armando Manzanero

His work has been performed by singers such as Tito Rodriguez, Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli, Raquel Bitton Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Alejandro Fernández, Perry Como, Luis Miguel, Franck Pourcel, Paul Mauriat, Ray Conniff, María Martha Serra Lima, Mina, Claudio Nicoletti, Raphael, Roberto Carlos, Christina Aguilera, Manoella Torres, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Angelica Maria, José José, Tania Libertad, Lucero, Cristian Castro, and Il Divo, Carmen París, as well as with pianist Raúl di Blasio and others.

Manzanero has composed more than four hundred songs, fifty of which have given him international fame[clarification needed]. He has participated in numerous radio and television shows, recorded more than thirty albums, and composed the musical scores of several[vague] movies. During the fifty years of his musical career, Manzanero has given performances all over Latin America, particularly in São Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), El Metropolitan (Mexico), the Teresa Carreño Theater of Caracas (Venezuela), Madison Square Garden (New York), and many other prestigious cities of Europe and Asia.[6]

His most famous songs include Voy a apagar la luz (I'm Going to Turn Off the Lights), Contigo Aprendí ( With you I Learnt... ), Adoro (I Adore), No sé tú (I don't know if you...), Por Debajo de la Mesa (Underneath the Table) Esta Tarde Vi Llover (English version "Yesterday I Heard the Rain"), Somos Novios (English version "It's Impossible"), Felicidad (Happiness) and Nada Personal (Nothing Personal).[citation needed]


Manzanero was presented with the Excellence Award at the 1993 Lo Nuestro Awards.[9] He received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.[10][11] Manzanero was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2000,[12] the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2003,[13] and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.[14]

Selected discography[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Armando Manzanero talks about his grandmother on YouTube
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason Archived 12 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine. AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Reeligen a Manzanero en la SACM". Sipse. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b Armando Manzanero | terra
  5. ^ a b Compositores Yucatecos – Armando Manzanero
  6. ^ a b Biomusica Epoca De Oro: Biografia De Armando Manzanero
  7. ^ Manzanero y El General recibiran distinciones Billboard latino | terra
  8. ^ Solana, José Luis Archived 22 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Mexico Desconocido Online
  9. ^ "Lo Nuestro – Historia". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Joao Donato, Armando Manzanero, Las Hermanas Marquez, Joseito Mateo, Jorge Onate, and Susana Rinaldi to Receive the Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award". PR Newswire. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  11. ^ Roiz, Jessica Lucia (25 January 2014). "Armando Manzanero To Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award". HuffPost. AOL. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  12. ^ "International Latin Music Hall of Fame Announces Year 2000 Inductees". 1 March 2000. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Chayanne, Montenegro Take Billboard Latin Honors". Billboard. 2003. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  14. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (28 January 2013). "Julio Iglesias in First Class to Enter Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2017.