Mexican musician Armando Manzanero died December 28 in a Mexico City hospital just three weeks after his 85th birthday.  Reports are that Manzanero died either as a result of the Covid-19 virus or complications from a kidney issue.

He balladeer had been hospitalized for the virus and at one time was placed on a ventilator.

His song “Somos Novios” was translated into English back in the 70’s and became the Grammy nominated hit “It’s Impossible” for American crooner Perry Como.

While not a household name in the United States, Manzanero was a prolific songwriter that has had his songs recorded by numerous artists and has seen his music appear on nearly 100 film and television productions including “Even the Wind is Afraid”, “The Shadow of the Bat”, “The Perry Como Christmas Show”, “The Bob Hope All Star Christmas Comedy Special”, “Chances Are”, “The Sopranos”, “Mission Impossible III”, the mini series “Sharp Objects”, and “House of Flowers”.

Born Armando Manzanero Canché on December 7, 1935 in Merida, Yucatan; he was very proud of his Mayan heritage, saying, “I am a Mayan Indian.”

Manzanero is survived by a number of ex-wives, seven children, and 16 grandchildren.

Armando Mazanero discography:
“Mientras Existas Tu”
“Canto Solo Para Enamorados”
“Carinosamente Manzanero”
“Las Cancoines Que Quise Escribir”
“Amor en Piano”
“El Piano”
“Manzanero: Su Voz Su Piano Y Sus Mejores Interpret”
“Nada Personal” (Original TV Soundtrack)
“Manzanero Y la Libertad”
“Verdad de la Bohemia”
“Somos Novios”
“Duetos Armando Manzanero”
“Duetos 2”
“Mis Canciones Favoritas”
“20 Exitos”
“El Gran Romantico”
“Amor Mio”
“Duetos lo Mejor de Armando Manzanero”
“Master Class”
“A Mi Amor Con Mi Amo”
“De la A a la Z”
“Manzanero Big Band Jazz de Mexico”
“Ni Antes Ni Despues”
Canciones Que Enamoran”
“Armando Un Pancho”
“La Magia de tu Amor: Fernando de la Mora Interpreta a Armando Manzanero”
“Para Mi Si Siempre A”
“Dos Voces”

feature photo credit: By Angel Abril Ruiz from Cehegín, España – Armando Manzanero V, CC BY 2.0,