Camilo Sesto

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Camilo Blanes Cortés (born September 16, 1946), better known as Camilo Sesto, is a Spanish singer and composer who enjoyed fame during the 1970s and the 1980s. Probably the most prominent male voice of Spanish pop music at that time, he became famous for his powerful, carefully arranged ballads, pop and rock. He has the world record of more number ones in the world; 52 overall and 18 in the list of 40 Principales.[citation needed]

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Life

Camilo Sesto was born in Alcoi, a city located in the province of Alicante on September 16, 1946. Sesto sang in two pop bands during the 1960s and won a contest in a Madrid TV show. He also played a part in the Spanish filming of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Later, he teamed up with singer and producer Juan Pardo.

Camilo Sesto took a rest in 1987 to take care of his newborn son.

Camilo has or had homes in Torrelodones, near Madrid and Coconut Grove (Miami area), Florida.

Career

In 1970, Sesto moved to Los Angeles and started to learn English. After successfully starring in the Spanish version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar in 1975, Sesto began to gain fame as a singer and composer. Year after year, he reached the top of the charts all over Latin America and in Spain, leaving us classics like Algo de mí (Something of me) (1972), Amor...Amar (Love.. to be Loved) (1972), Melina (1975), a song about Melina Mercouri, ¿Quieres ser mi amante? (Do you want to be my lover?) (1974), Jamás (Never) (1975), El Amor de mi Vida (The Love of my Life ) (1978), Perdóname (Forgive me) (1981), the latter being his most successful hit and other as Donde estés, con quien estés, Amor de mujer (1984) and the classic Amor mio ¿que me has hecho? (My love, what have you done to me?) (1991), number one in the Billboard magazine, plus several hits around the whole world. During the 70s, Sesto created many hit songs and a great fortune, and almost every song came from his sole inspiration, being the author, interpreter, composer, and producer of all his works. They catapulted him as a consummate multi-talented artist. With an extraordinary reputation between the years 1980 and 1991 he composed the song and sang the theme for Colorina with Lucía Méndez. Being Colorina one of the most successful telenovelas in the 80s, he also produces for it a pop ballad hit album named Cerca de ti. It was a smash hit.

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