|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
José Romulo Sosa Ortiz, 1948, Mexico City, Mexico. One of the truly traditional artists working in the Latino music firmament, José José, dubbed The Prince Of Songs by his supporters, has recorded gentle, romantic ballads in his affecting baritone for over four decades. The son of opera tenor José Sosa Esquivel and concert pianist Margarita Ortiz, he grew up listening to the music of Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis in addition to native balladeers. His debut single for Orfeon Records was released in 1965, when he was just 17 years old. Following his first appearance on television, he formed the trio Los Peg. Eventually he was offered a solo contract by composer Rubén Fuentes with RCA Records. His first album was credited to his new stage name, José José, adopted in tribute to his father, who had recently died. That album, and practically every subsequent recording bearing his name, became a sizeable national hit....