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Paco de Lucia By Cornel Putan

Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez (21 December 1947 – 25 February 2014), known as Paco de Lucía was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer, and record producer. A leading proponent of the new flamenco style, he was one of the first flamenco guitarists to branch into classical and jazz. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a “titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”, and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as “one of history’s greatest guitarists”.

This mini series The Guitar Talkers is dedicated to Di of Pensitivity 101. Below in the table are also fans of brilliant guitarists and Spanish music!

Jeanne of a Jeanne in the KitchenGary of Bereaved Single Dad
Omatra7 of Learning LifeSuzanne of Ellie894
Angie of King Ben’s GrandmaJennifer of Paperkutz
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I have always had an eclectic musical ear and a love for genres other than the norm or convention and l first heard Paco de Lucía play when l was a teenager listening to of all things Classical Arabian and also Flamenco up in my bedroom when l was 14. I am not quite sure where l picked up the cassette but it stayed with me for a good many years kicking around in a box of bits of my life that l had. This series is about guitarists that can make their guitars talk and this artist can do just that – here are 7 of my all time favourites!

Almoraima (Bulerias) 1976
Tico Tico  – 1969
Fuente y Caudal (Tarantas) – 1973
La Barrosa (Alegrias) – 1987
Camarón (Rondena) – 1998
 Playa Del Carmen
Monasterio De Sal – 1981

So they are my personal Paco de Lucía Top 7 – what are yours? Have you heard of him – have you ever seen him play?

If you were to select your favourite guitar player/talker – who would yours be? So far in the series we have had 6 they are as you see below ..

The Guitar Talkers – Brian MayThe Guitar Talkers – Mark Knopfler
The Guitar Talkers – Pete TownsendThe Guitar Talkers – Hank Marvin
The Guitar Talkers –
Rory Gallagher
The Guitar Talkers –
Paco de Lucía


So there we go folks – Paco de Lucía – The Guitar Talker 5# – Fan or Not?

12 thoughts on “Theme Times –The Guitar Talkers 6#

  1. Oh Rory, I adore flamenco! Paco de Lucia is superb. But it’s not just the amazing guitar playing. The singing, the dancing…
    I was lucky enough to see Carmen de Linares at the opera house in Seville some years back. Fantastic, her voice sends a shiver down the spine – true ‘duende’! I’ve also been to a authentic tablao in Madrid, which was beyond spectacular. For something more modern I’d recommend Ojos de Brujo, great energy!
    Have you read ‘ Duende: A Journey Into the Heart of Flamenco’ by Jason Webster? An interesting insight into the world of flamenco guitar.

    1. Hey Chris, well l am glad you enjoyed the Flamenco guitar and l can see you are a truly passionate 🙂

      Yes, l do agree the dancing and the singing make up further for this wonderful genre and no, l haven’t read the book.

  2. Thank you! I’d not heard of him but I’m always looking for new music and I do like the flamenco I’ve heard. It’s awe inspiring watching a person coax such incredible sounds out of an instrument!

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