Camarón de la Isla, José Monje Cruz, was born on 5 December 1950.
To mark the 60th anniversary of his birth, Universal have released a recording of his final concert, which was held on 25 January 1992 at the Club de Música y Jazz of the Colegio Mayor Universitario San Juan Evangelista in Madrid; he was accompanied by Tomatito on guitar, part of the annual festival Flamenco por Tarantos.
His opening piece was a soleá por bulerías Salud es lo que yo quiero (My health is what I want).
Then the taranta/cartagenera Nunca llueve como truena; bulerías De oro y marfil; tangos El pelo de mi Dolores; and fandangos Fandangos en el Johnny. (the college of San Juan Evangelista is affectionally known as El Johnny).
© 2010 Thérèse Wassily Saba