The brother of 'El Sol' says goodbye to the Yucatecan composer on social media, while Luis Miguel remains silent.
Alejandro Basteri said goodbye to the Yucatecan composer Armando Manzanero, after he died in the early morning of Monday, December 28 at the age of 85, after being infected with COVID-19 and being hospitalized for more than a week. With a message on social media, the brother of 'El Sol', Luis Miguel, expressed his grief and admiration for the master Manzanero.
"Success is almost easy to obtain. The difficult thing is to deserve it," wrote Alejandro Basteri with a black and white photo of the Yucatecan musician and composer. In the photo, Armando Manzanero is holding a hat and wearing a white shirt. The acclaimed performer was captured smiling at the camera, as he did on many occasions.
Over the portrait of the Mexican composer, Alejandro Basteri placed an illustration with a broken heart. On the other hand, his brother, Luis Miguel, has not given his condolences for the sensitive death of the composer nor has he made any comment about it.
After some followers of 'El Sol' made comments on his official Instagram account recommending him to give his condolences to Armando's family and dedicate some words to him, the singer decided to disable the comments.
Some of the comments made by the singer's followers in a video he shared a few months ago on social media were: "You're not going to put anything by Armando Manzanero?" and "You're not going to put a picture with #Manzanero?", interpreting 'Somos novios' with soprano Celine Dion, a song composed by the recently deceased Armando Manzanero.
The relationship between the composer and Luis Miguel began in 1991 when Armando Manzanero produced the album "Romance" for the singer. In the singer's discography, this album represented an evolution, with which he managed to establish himself as a serious figure of the music scene. 'El Sol' left behind his facet of youthful pop artist and reached worldwide fame by the hand of Manzanero.
Initially, Luis Miguel's production house was opposed to the singer performing romantic songs, however, Manzanero saw the potential in the great youth star to sing romantic ballads once they shared a camera on Veronica Castro's show in 1981.
Although the songs on the album were boleros that originally became popular in the 1940's, Luis Miguel added freshness to the performance and "Romance" achieved exorbitant success. It was placed as number 1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums list and reached more than 7 million copies sold worldwide.
The relationship between the Yucatecan composer and Luis Miguel also led to the recording of the albums "Segundo Romance" and "Romances", recorded in 1994 and 1997 respectively. Finally, in 2001 the duo worked on the album "Mis Romances".
The relationship between the two was so strong that Luis Miguel defended the composer when Alvaro Salas, host of the Chilean program 'Viva el Lunes', questioned the composer's stature: "How tall is Armando Manzanero really? Is he so small?" he asked. "Well, look, if you can measure his height from his head to the sky, I think he is taller than you," answered Luismi.
However, the successful relationship between the singer and the composer ended suddenly. "There are people who do not know gratitude. I don't want to talk about it, but I think it's a shame. It is easier for an elephant to enter through the eye of a needle than for Luis Miguel to do something for his fellow man," said maestro Armando Manzanero when asked if Luis Miguel would participate in a tribute to the composer held in Chichen Itza in 2018.
In the world of entertainment, Luis Miguel's silence before the sad departure of the musician and composer is a real pity. "I hope that someone will tell Luis Miguel that he is doing very badly", said journalist Flor Rubio in the special coverage of 'Venga la Alegría' about the death of the composer.