10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Secreto de Amor was one of the mighty balladeer's first releases after his 1999 diagnosis of bone cancer, which would ultimately claim his life. Yet his tenor was as powerful as ever, and his leading-man appeal was undiminished. With its flamenco guitars and slow-burning passion, the title track is one of Sebastian’s best, as well as the theme for a long-running Venezuelan soap opera. The mariachi horns and festive feel of "El Toro" give a taste of Sebastian's longtime career as a rodeo performer.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Secreto de Amor was one of the mighty balladeer's first releases after his 1999 diagnosis of bone cancer, which would ultimately claim his life. Yet his tenor was as powerful as ever, and his leading-man appeal was undiminished. With its flamenco guitars and slow-burning passion, the title track is one of Sebastian’s best, as well as the theme for a long-running Venezuelan soap opera. The mariachi horns and festive feel of "El Toro" give a taste of Sebastian's longtime career as a rodeo performer.

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2:46
3:19
3:12
3:15
3:27
3:29
3:26
3:23

About Joan Sebastian

Joan Sebastian was recognized by critics and colleagues for his contribution to Mexican culture, getting his lyrics performed by prominent Latin artists. After leaving a local seminary at the age of 17, the young man started to get involved in popular music, dedicating his first composition, called "Juliantla," to his native town. In 1977, José Manuel Figueroa, Sr. decided to call himself Joan Sebastian -- paying tribute to San Sebastian, where he used to work. He embarked on a successful career, having the opportunity to play a role in the Latin series Tú y Yo and receiving the title of King of Jaripeo. In 1999 the popular artist was diagnosed with bone cancer, but he didn't stop working. A year later, Secreto de Amor received awards for song and album of the year in the Regional/Mexican category. Joan Sebastian died in July 2015 at the age of 64. ~ Drago Bonacich

  • ORIGIN
    Juliantla, Mexico
  • GENRE
    Latino
  • BORN
    08 April 1951

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