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Paco de Lucia Memorial. RIP 1947 - 2014

Paco de Lucia, the master guitarist who helped promote flamenco to a global audience, has died in Mexico of a heart attack aged 66, officials in his Andalusian hometown said Wednesday.

Paco de Lucía was considered a master of rasgueados and picados and wass capable of playing with blinding speed on the flamenco guitar.

Born Francisco Sánchez Gómez in Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain on December 21, 1947 and died on February 26th 2014, he was the youngest of five children. The son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sánchez, and brother of flamenco singer Pepe de Lucía and flamenco guitarist Ramón de Algeciras, he adopted the stage name Paco de Lucía in honor of his Portuguese mother, Lucía Gomes.

In 1958, at age 11, de Lucía made his first public appearance on Radio Algeciras, and a year later he was awarded a special prize in the Jerez flamenco competition. In 1961, he toured with the flamenco troupe of dancer José Greco. In 1964, de Lucía met Madrilenian guitarist Ricardo Modrego with whom he recorded three albums: Dos guitarras flamencas, Dos Guitarras Flamencas En Stereo, and 12 Canciones De Garcia Lorca Para Guitarra. Between 1968 and 1977, he enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with fellow New Flamenco innovator Camarón de la Isla. The two recorded 10 albums together.

In 1979, de Lucía, John Mclaughlin and Larry Coryell formed “The Guitar Trio” and together made a brief tour of Europe and released a video recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall entitled Meeting of Spirits. Coryell was later replaced by Al Di Meola, and since 1981, the trio have recorded three albums under that line-up.

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