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    (February 17, 1948-September 28, 2019)
    Born in Mexico City, Mexico
    Birth name was Jose Romulo Sosa Ortiz
    Recorded the albums ‘La Nave del Olvido’ (1970), ‘El Triste’ (1970), ‘El Principe’ (1976), ‘Reencuentro’ (1977), ‘Volcan’ (1978), ‘Lo Pasado, Pasado’ (1978), ‘Amor, Amor’ (1980), ‘Romantico’ (1981), ‘Mi Vida’ (1982), ‘Secretos’ (1983), ‘Reflexiones’ (1984), ‘Promesas’ (1985), ‘Siempre Contigo’ (1986), ‘Sabor a Mi’ (1988), ‘En las Buenas…. y en las Malas’ (1990), ’40 y 20’ (1992), and ‘Distancia’ (1998)
    Portrayed Erasmo Padilla in ‘La Fea Mas Bella’ (2006-07)
    Nicknamed ‘El Principe de la Cancion’ (‘The Prince of Song’)
    He was married three times, divorced twice.
    After his second divorce, he ended up sleeping in a taxi on the outskirts of Mexico City.
    He abused alcohol and cocaine.
    Heavy drinking, over exertion, and various illnesses caused his voice to deteriorate so badly it affected not just his singing, but also his speech.
    A proposed duet album with Frank Sinatra never came about because their record labels were unable to come to terms for the project.
    He was nominated for a Grammy nine times without winning.
    Because of his phrasing and breathing techniques, he was described as ‘a singer who sings as a musician.’
    His album ‘Secretos’ was certified gold or platinum in twenty-two countries.
    The Mexican network Televisa broadcast a five-hour long special to celebrate his 25th year in show business (1990).
    He received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2004).
    He won a TVyNovelas Award for best supporting actor for ‘La Fea Mas Bella.’ (2007)

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