Feb 26, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Paco de Lucia has died.

He was one of the world’s greatest guitarists – dazzling audiences with his speedy flamenco rhythms and finger work.

Spansih officials say de Lucia died in Mexico at the age of 66 – after a heart attack.

A spokeswoman for the southern Spanish city of Algeciras where de Lucia grew up and maintained strong ties said he had several houses, including one in Mexico.

De Lucia’s real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez. He was best – known for flamenco but also experimented with other genres of music. One of his most famous recordings was “Friday Night in San Francisco,” recorded in 1981 with fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola.

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, he formed an extremely popular duo with late flamenco singer legend Camaron de la Isla, with the two working together on 10 records.

His 1973 rumba “Entre Dos Aguas” (Between Two Waters) became one of the most popular recordings in Spain.

De Lucia was awarded the Culture Ministry’s Fine Arts Gold Medal in 1992 and the prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize For The Arts in 2004.

His last studio album “Cositas Buenas” (Good Things) earned him his first Latin Grammy in 2004 while his 2012 live recording “En Vivo” (Live) received a second.

In 1995 he played with Bryan Adams on the song “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman.”

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