Manzanita

Real Name:
José Manuel Ortega Heredia
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Spanish rumba/flamenco singer, composer and guitarist (Madrid, 1956 - Málaga, 2004).

Manzanita is an artist with lineage: the son of cantaor and bailaor Rafael Ortega García and bailaora Trinidad Heredia Jiménez; and the nephew of Manolo Caracol. At nine years of age, he began playing the guitar at the Madrilenian tablaos where his father used to sing - Café de Chinitas and Los Canasteros -, becoming one of the most sought-after guitarists for accompaniment. When he was just 11, he accompanied cantaor Enrique Morente on his world tours.

In 1974, he formed the group 'Los Chorbos' together with Alfonso Veneno, Miguel and Amador Losada, contributing to the so-called ‘Caño Roto sound’ which gave a “flamenco quality” to the rumba. Three years later he began his solo career, and in 1978 his first album appeared, ‘Poco ruido y mucho duende’, which was a big hit. Other albums came afterwards such as ‘Caja de música’, ‘Sueño de amor’, ‘Espíritu sin nombre’, among many other titles. Upon setting up residence in Catalonia, his career slowed down, although in Barcelona his guitar was called on by artists such rumbero Gato Pérez and cantaor Duquende.

In 1995, he returned to the stage to star along with the group Ketama in the party closing the film ‘Flamenco’ by Carlos Saura, performing the song ‘Verde’ with lyrics by Lorca. By the hand of producer Paco Ortega, around 1998 he revised his greatest hits and his extensive discography was published once again. Manzanita died at the age of 48 in Alhaurín de la Torre (Málaga) on December 6th, 2004.
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Albums

Manzanita - Poco Ruido Y Mucho Duende album art Manzanita Poco Ruido Y Mucho Duende (Album) CBS Spain 1978 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Espiritu Sin Nombre album art Manzanita Espiritu Sin Nombre (Album) CBS Spain 1980 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Talco Y Bronce album art Manzanita Talco Y Bronce (Album) CBS Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85398 Manzanita - Gipsy Power album art Manzanita Gipsy Power(LP) CBS CBS 85398 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 32552 Manzanita - Talco Y Bronce album art Manzanita Talco Y Bronce(LP, Album) CBS CBS 32552 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Cuando La Noche Te Envuelve album art Manzanita Cuando La Noche Te Envuelve (Album) CBS Spain 1983 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Mal De Amores album art Manzanita Mal De Amores (Album) CBS Spain 1984 Sell This Version
S 26716 Manzanita - La Quiero A Morir album art Manzanita La Quiero A Morir(LP, Album) CBS S 26716 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Echando Sentencias album art Manzanita Echando Sentencias (Album) RCA Spain 1986 Sell This Version
462511 2 Manzanita - Grandes Éxitos album art Manzanita Grandes Éxitos(CD, Album) CBS 462511 2 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
PL-71726 Manzanita - En Voz Baja A Las Rosas album art Manzanita En Voz Baja A Las Rosas(LP, Album) RCA Victor PL-71726 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
EPC 465063 Manzanita - Cañorroto Ataca De Nuevo album art Los Chorbos Con Manzanita Los Chorbos Con Manzanita - Cañorroto Ataca De Nuevo(LP, Album) Epic EPC 465063 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
41.092 Manzanita - Sueño De Amor album art Manzanita Sueño De Amor(LP, Album) Horus 41.092 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
32.015 Manzanita - Sueño De Amor album art Manzanita Sueño De Amor(CD, Album) Horus 32.015 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Caja de Musica album art Manzanita Caja de Musica (Album) Horus Spain 1993 Sell This Version
32-468 Manzanita - Duquende Con Manzanita album art Duquende, Manzanita Duquende, Manzanita - Duquende Con Manzanita(CD, Album) Divucsa 32-468 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
3984 24599 2 Manzanita - Por Tu Ausencia album art Manzanita Por Tu Ausencia(CD, Album) WEA 3984 24599 2 Spain 1998 Sell This Version
857382840 2 Manzanita - Dimelo album art Manzanita Dimelo(CD, Album) WEA 857382840 2 Spain 2000 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Gitano Cubano album art Manzanita Gitano Cubano (Album) WEA Germany 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CBS 6691 Manzanita - Verde album art Manzanita Verde(7", Single) CBS CBS 6691 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
CBS 7718 Manzanita - Gitana / El Pasotas album art Manzanita Gitana / El Pasotas(7", Single) CBS CBS 7718 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Paloma Blanca album art Manzanita Paloma Blanca (Single) CBS Spain 1980 Sell This Version
CBS 9505 Manzanita - Ni Contigo Ni Sintigui / Gitano album art Manzanita Ni Contigo Ni Sintigui / Gitano(7", Single) CBS CBS 9505 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Por Tu Ausencia album art Manzanita Por Tu Ausencia (Single) CBS Spain 1981 Sell This Version
Manzanita - Ramito De Violetas album art Manzanita Ramito De Violetas (Single) CBS Spain 1981 Sell This Version