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José José

Jose Jose
On stage
Personal information
Birth nameJosé Rómulo Sosa Ortiz
Also known asEl Príncipe de la Canción
(The Prince of the Song)
BornFebruary 17, 1948(age 69)
Mexico City
GenresLatin pop, Mexican pop, bolero, bossa nova, jazz
OccupationSinger, musician, producer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, Bass, Double bass, Guitar, Piano
Years active1963 present
LabelsRCA Victor
Ariola Records
Sony BMG
Associated actsArmando Manzanero, Manuel Alejandro, Paul Anka, José Feliciano, Lani Hall, Yanni
SpouseNatalia Herrera Calles (1971 1974)
Ana Elena Noreña (1974 1991)
Sara Salazar (1995 present)

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José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz (born February 17, 1948), known by his artistic name José José, is a Mexican singer.

Referred in the entertainment world as "El Príncipe de la Canción" ("The Prince of Song"), José José is best known for his romantic ballads and renowned for his vocals. He is recognizable by his pure vocal tone and his ability to sustain high and low notes.

Born into a family of musicians, José José started his musical career in his early teens playing guitar and singing in serenades. He later joined a jazz and bossa nova trio where he sang and played the bass and double bass. José became a successful solo artist in the early 1970s. Demonstrating his vocal ability with a masterful performance of the song "El Triste" in a Latin music festival in 1970, he climbed the Latin charts during the decade.

In the 1980s, after signing with Ariola Records, he gained international fame as a talented and successful performer. His 1983 album Secretos has sold over 11 million copies around the world. With a series of huge hits, he received several nominations to the Grammy and numerous recognitions worldwide. He sold out in venues such as the Madison Square Garden and the Radio City Music Hall. His music has reached non Spanish-speaking countries like Japan, Israel and Russia. During the 1990s, after several hits, his career began to decline as his voice started to falter due to alcoholism and health issues. José has also forged a career as an actor, starring in movies like Gavilán o Paloma and Perdóname Todo.

In a career that has spanned more than four decades, his performance and distinctive vocal style have influenced a big number of Latin pop artists. Due to his wide-range vocals, his talent, his performance and the high popularity he achieved, he is considered by the media, the press and the people as an icon of the Latin pop music.

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