Spanish singer Peret dies, 79
MADRID — Spanish singer-songwriter Peret, widely acknowledged as the creator of the Latin Pop beat known as “rumba catalana,” died yesterday at the Quirón Hospital in Barcelona, Spanish Culture Ministry sources reported. He was 79.
Best known for his songs Borriquito and Una lágrima, Peret, according to the Culture Ministry press release, “was a beloved, respected artist who not only created a new rhythm, the rumba catalana, but also reinterpreted this music to bring it closer to the audience.” One of Spain’s top rumba performers, Peret also composed and sang El gitano Antón and Canta y sé feliz. The latter was Spain’s entry for the 1974 Eurovision Contest. On July 30, Peret wrote on his web page that he was battling lung cancer with hope and optimism, and that he expected to be soon back on stage. “After all, wasn’t it me who used to sing that ‘you’d better laugh than cry, and that this is how it ought to be done,?” Peret wrote in reference to his signature tune Es preferible. Shortly after his web announcement, Peret started work on his first album sung entirely in Catalonian, and was also in the process of finishing a Spanish-language record.
Herald with Télam, online media