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Camilo Sesto - Biography
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Birth name Camilo Blanes Cortés
Born September 16, 1946 (1946-09-16) (age 62)
Origin Alcoy, Spain
Camilo Blanes Cortés (born September 16, 1946) better known in the entertainment world 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 is the artist with the world record of more number ones in the world; 52 successes in whole and 18 in the 40 principal ones.
Camilo Sesto was born in Alcoy (Alcoi), a Valencian 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 son, especially after his son was born in 1983 by a Mexican fan.
Camilo has or had homes in Torrelodones, near Madrid and Coconut Grove(Miami area), Florida.
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 from 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 estes, con quien estes, 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 70's, 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 year 1980 and 1991 he composed the song and sang the theme for Colorina with Lucia Mendez. Being Colorina one of the most successful telenovelas in the 80's, he also produces for her a pop ballad hit album named Cerca de ti. It was a smash hit.
His reputation penetrates the borders and reaches the apex of the success in countries as The United States, Japan, Germany, Latin América, Italy, Portugal and everywhere in Europe where the quality of his shows are classified by the critique like majestic, from this moment the world already acclaims it like "Camilo Sesto Superstar".
During the last decades Sesto recorded some of the most beautiful ballads. Camilo sings mostly in Castillan (Spanish), but has also recorded songs in Catalan - Valencian, English, Italian and Portuguese as well. He has also recorded some albums in English.
After recovering from a liver transplant, in 2003 he managed to make a successful comeback with his album Alma, surprising the audience with the song Mola mazo (It rules) in an exercise of self-assertion. The Alma CD includes some songs in English: Selections from The Phantom of the Opera and a duet with Andrea Bronston. Camilo Sesto returned to the scenario back in 2004 in to the International Festival Viña del Mar in Chile. His old fans and new ones cheered the great Spaniard as he sang songs from his amazing catalog. By the end of the Festival Camilo Sesto left Viña del Mar 2004 with many awards.
His last musical work was the singing of Bujalance football team hymn (a Spanish football team). Til this day, Camilo Sesto has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.
1971: Algo de mí
1972: Sólo un hombre
1973: Camilo Sesto
1975: Amor libre
1975: Jesucristo Superstar
1977: Entre Amigos
1977: Look in the Eye
1979: Horas de Amor
1981: Más y más
1982: Camilo (en inglés)
1983: Con Ganas
1986: Agenda de Baile
1991: A Voluntad del Cielo
1992: Huracán de Amor
1994: Amor sin Vértigo
2000: El Fantasma de la Ópera
Also released several compilations of hits, including some double CDs.