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"Y Viva Espana" singer Manolo Escobar dies in Spain, aged 82
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 8:38 AM EDT
Singer Manolo Escobar, whose "Y Viva Espana" became a best-selling single during Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the mid-1970s, has died. He was 82.
Culture Minister Jose Ignacio Wert described him as a "fundamental reference of popular Spanish music."
Born in the southern village of El Ejido, Escobar became famous with his own TV show, "Canta Manolo Escobar" in the 1960s.
"Y Viva Espana," released in 1973, sold an estimated 6 million copies, making him one of Spain's best-selling recording artists.
He is survived by his wife, Ana, and daughter, Vanessa.