Eurovision missed out on Manolo Escobar
MADRID, SPAIN – When in 1968, Spain won the Eurovision Song Contest, everything spoke about how Massiel singing La, la, la was originally meant to be Joan Manuel Serrat but that his desire to sing in Catalan meant that he was not going to be selected to represent Spain at the contest.
What was not discussed was the vision of Manolo Escobar, a Spanish singing legend being offered the opportunity to represent Spain. His nephew, manager and now biographer, Gabriel García Mármol has revealed that TVE approached Manolo Escobar, telling him of the serious opportunity of winning saying a top three was assured. However the singer turned down the opportunity. At the time he was at the peak of his success, performing in movies as well as music but that rejection meant that he was never approached again.
The new biography charting the career of Maolo Escobar, “Conversaciones con un hombre bueno” (Conversations with a good man) has been recently released and although not internationally renowned, the singer is fondly remembered in Spain where his lyrics and songs are part of Spanish folklore. Mi carro, El Porompompero and Que viva España are among the most recognised Spanish songs. Que viva España was originally entitled Eviva España and written in Dutch by Belgian duo Leo Caerts and Leo Rozenstraten. Unfortunately Maolo Escobar died on 24th October 2013 in Benidorm due to Colon Cancer.