I was searching for a good recording of El Farruco dancing a soleá and I came across this very special one, with the added bonus of having Luis Habichuela on the guitar and El Chocolate singing:
Antonio Montoya Flores, El Farruco, (1936–1997) was born in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid. He was the son of the dancer, La Farruca, from whom he took his name, and grand-nephew of the flamenco guitarist, Ramón Montoya (1880–1949). His grandson is the flamenco dancer, Farruquito (b. 1963), whom he used to perform with often; they performed together in Carlos Saura’s film Flamenco when Farruquito was just 11 years old.
The flamenco singer, El Chocolate, Antonio Núñez Montoya (1931–2005) was from Jerez de la Frontera but spent his formative years in Seville, visiting the flamenco venues of the Alameda de Hércules, soaking up the flamenco of the Pavón family, among others.
Luis Habichuela (1947–1993), Luis Carmona Carmona, was the brother of Juan and Pepe Habichuela. Although Luis started out as a flamenco singer, the change in his voice meant that he lost some of the original quality and so moved (very successfully) onto the guitar.
© 2010 Thérèse Wassily Saba