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Juan Gabriel

  • Birthplace: Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
  • Birthday: January 07
Date of passing: 
August 28, 2016

Juan Gabriel was a Mexican singer best known for his romantic and emotional ballads, over-the-top performances and flamboyant fashion. Following a recent career revamp the superstar performer was on a 22-city arena tour with sold-out crowds, when he passed away from a heart attack.

His most recent album, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. Gabriel performed both pop and mariachi styles of music, and charted 31 songs in all on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

At the time of his passing, Telemundo was scheduled to air a series based on his life. Gabriel also appeared in several Mexican television series, including Te sigo amando and La niñera, in addition to performances at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, the Latin Music Awards and the Annual Latin Grammy Awards. His music was also used regularly in both film and television, including an episode of The Sopranos.

Gabriel signed his first record contract with RCA Mexico in 1971. A year later he returned to his label with a slew of songs that, once recorded and released, made him an immediate success. He became a prolific artist and toured regularly; in early 2015, he released Los Duo, which became an immediate success. He also had the highest-grossing Latin tour of 2015.

Juan Gabriel was a Mexican singer best known for his romantic and emotional ballads, over-the-top performances and flamboyant fashion. Following a recent career revamp the superstar performer was on a 22-city arena tour with sold-out crowds, when he passed away from a heart attack.

His most recent album, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. Gabriel performed both pop and mariachi styles of music, and charted 31 songs in all on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

At the time of his passing, Telemundo was scheduled to air a series based on his life. Gabriel also appeared in several Mexican television series, including Te sigo amando and La niñera, in addition to performances at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, the Latin Music Awards and the Annual Latin Grammy Awards. His music was also used regularly in both film and television, including an episode of The Sopranos.

Gabriel signed his first record contract with RCA Mexico in 1971. A year later he returned to his label with a slew of songs that, once recorded and released, made him an immediate success. He became a prolific artist and toured regularly; in early 2015, he released Los Duo, which became an immediate success. He also had the highest-grossing Latin tour of 2015.

Gabriel was nominated for six Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

He died August 28, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. He was 66.

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