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Lucho Gatica Releases New Album with Some of Today’s Most Popular Artists

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Lucho Gatica's new album, Historia de un Amor, is now available.

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Today, legendary musician Lucho Gatica releases Historia de un Amor, his new album featuring duets of modernized versions of his greatest hits with some of today’s most popular artists.

Known as the “King of Bolero,” Lucho Gatica has managed to reinvent himself at the age of 85, and has released a magnificent album of ballads, in which he revisits his long and illustrious career.

After many years away from the stage, Lucho Gatica recently gave exclusive interviews. And he spoke about his reservations of releasing a duets album for younger generations, and reliving that golden age of ballads, a genre that launched him to stardom. It transformed him into one of the most iconic singers of his generation.

“I always wanted to release an album of duets, but the opportunity did not present itself until I spoke about it with my nephew, Humberto Gatica, who’s a great producer and sound engineer – the likes of which no longer exist – and he had the idea of doing the album with these artists,” he said with no hesitation.

Historia de un Amor features 11 songs from his 70-year-old career, which is known all over the world. And although they are modern arrangements, they still conserve that old ballad essence that alludes to nostalgia and romance. Historia-de-un-amor-1

Humberto Gatica produced and mixed the album along with KC Porter and Robert S. Guillo. He’s worked with music greats such as Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion and Michael Buble.

Lucero (“Perfidia”), Michael Buble (“Quizás Quizás”), Laura Pausini (“Historia de un Amor”), Nelly Furtado (“Bésame mucho”), Beto Cuevas (“No me Platiques Mas”), Il Volo (“Reloj”), Luis Fonsi (“La Barca”), Pepe Aguilar (“Somos”), Miguel Bosé (“Sabor a Mi”), Olga Tañon (“Sin Ti”) and Ricardo Montaner (“Contigo en la Distancia”) are the great artists and songs featured in the album.

Lucho Gatica himself made some of these selections. Prominent songwriters from Lucho Gatica’s generation such as Consuelo Velasquez, Roberto Cant oral, Alvaro Carrillo and José Guízar, among others, composed the songs.

Lucho Gatica said that these songs in particular were chosen because he considered them the most successful of his career as an artist.

On the requisites these artists needed to have to participate in this album, he added, “Just to learn their respective parts, that’s it. They’re all professionals and so it wasn’t difficult for them.”

Without pretense and with all the humility in the world, he stated that it was an honor working with these artists who brought life and a fresh perspective to his career, and he hopes that this project is a positive for their own careers as well.

Lucho Gatica, originally from Chile, turned 85 years young on August 11. He’s one of the very few artists with lengthy careers yet to retire, unlike most of his contemporaries. He remembers his past proudly and embraces the present enthusiastically, including the advancements in modern technology in the music industry.

“I feel that all epochs were good,” he said. “In the old days, you would record the orchestra and the vocals separately. Now with all the technology available, people can record however they feel like. I admire all the technology. To think that one day a person would be able to literally send a song over the phone…it was something I could have never imagined. All this is very new to me.”

Lucho Gatica has many memories and anecdotes throughout the course of his very long and respectful career about his beginnings in Chile and his accomplishments in Brazil and several Spanish-speaking countries.

“I started singing with my brother. In those days, we sang together all the time. He later married and moved to Europe to sing with his wife. From then on, I began to sing and record solo work, and started to get popular in Chile,” he said. “After that, I became big in Brazil with the song, ‘Sinceridad’, which I didn’t think would happen, being a country where they mainly speak a different language. With ‘Besame Mucho’, I have visited great countries over the last 50 years such as Chile, Argentina and Paraguay, alongside Consuelo Velasquez. She wrote it, and it would become the most translated song in the world.”

Despite all of his success in Latin America, Lucho Gatica holds Mexico in a special light, because he considers that to be the place where his career was shaped.

“In Mexico, I was very successful, and from there, I was able to reach all of Latin America, Spain, and the U.S.,” he said. “Mexico means everything to my career, and it’s where I truly became a success.”

It’s in Mexico where Lucho Gatica met his first wife, the late Puerto Rican actress Mapita Cortes, and he assures us they were very much in love. Curiously enough, he said he didn’t woo her through music or by singing ballads to her.

Another city worth mentioning is Los Angeles, because it was also very instrumental to his career. He said it brought him fame.

“I have to tell you, here in Los Angeles, I have done things I never thought possible, like performing at the Kart Hall. Carlos Gardel was the only other Spanish-singing artist to have performed there,” he acknowledged. “Also, I gave a concert with Nat King Cole. I also appeared on TV shows. But the best thing from Los Angeles was performing at the Kart Hall. I was the second-ever Latin artist after Carlos Gardel.”

Lucho Gatica still sings as if it were yesterday, with his exquisite voice that’s always characterized his music. His new album is evidence of that.

Historia de un Amor is a Vene Music production.

Lucho Gatica hopes younger generations not familiar with his music will become interested in ballads through his albums, and the popular artists he sings with.

“Hopefully the album sells and promotion goes well. I think young people should have it not so make them sing ballads, but to inspire them to sing those songs with their modern perspective. There are many talented young musicians out there who are also magnificent composers,” he said.

Ramon Aviles is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment.
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