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Wednesday
May072014

Paco de Lucía: 21 December 1947 - 25 February 2014

It was with great sadness that I learned last night (belatedly) about the passing of one of the true greats: Paco de Lucia died by the sea, on his favourite beach, Playa del Carmen, whilst I was in the middle of the desert, somewhere between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. My time with the original Gitanos has been very valuable for me, and I saw Paco as the greatest guitar player on the planet after Hendrix had passed. Although I am no flamenco musician, I continue to be moved and inspired by the entire body of Paco's work - right from seeing him perform live in London recently, all the way back to the incredible music he co-created with the voice of my heart, Camarón, in the 1970s. Click on the picture of them below to see and hear a magical example of their artistry in full flow. Alas! Another huge, great, glowing star has fallen from the artistic firmament. Alas.