José Ortega Heredia

Also known as José M. Ortega Heredia, José Manuel Ortega Heredia "Manzanita", José Ortega, Jose Ortega
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Discography of Manzanita:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Poco Ruido Y Mucho Duende 10 Audio 1978 CBS
2 Espiritu Sin Nombre 10 Audio 1980 CBS
3 Espiritu Sin Nombre 10 Audio 1980
4 Por Tu Ausencia 12 Audio 1998 WEA
5 Paloma Blanca 2 Audio 1980 CBS
6 Lo Mejor De Manzanita 17 Audio 2005 WEA
7 30 Grandes Éxitos Y Un Ramito De Violetas 30 Audio 1998
8 Oro 20 Audio 1995 CBS
9 Sus Tres Primeros Albumes En CBS (1978-1981) 33 Audio 2003 Rama Lama Music
10 Verde 2 Audio 1978 CBS
11 Sueño De Amor 2 Audio 1991 Horus
12 Gipsy Power 10 Audio 1981 CBS
13 Talco Y Bronce 10 Audio 1981 CBS
14 Lo Mejor De Manzanita 29 Audio 2005
15 Echando Sentencias 10 Audio 1986 RCA
16 El Nuevo Sonido De Manzanita 12 Audio 1973 Virrey
17 Ramito De Violetas 2 Audio 1981 CBS
18 Escúchame / El Amor Que Soñé Para Tí 2 Audio 1985 CBS
19 Paloma Blanca 2 Audio 1980 CBS
20 Quien Fuera Luna / El Rey De Tus Sueños 2 Audio 1982 CBS
21 Espiritu Sin Nombre 10 Audio 1988 CBS

José Manuel Ortega Heredia, Manzanita (Madrid, 1956 - Málaga, 2004). Singer, composer and guitarist

Manzanita is an artist with lineage: the son of cantaor and bailaor Rafael Ortega García and bailaora Trinidad Heredia Jiménez; and the nephew of Manolo Caracol. At nine years of age, he began playing the guitar at the Madrilenian tablaos where his father used to sing - Café de Chinitas and Los Canasteros -, becoming one of the most sought-after guitarists for accompaniment. When he was just 11, he accompanied cantaor Enrique Morente on his world tours.

In 1974, he formed the group 'Los Chorbos' together with Alfonso Veneno, Miguel and Amador Losada, contributing to the so-called ‘Caño Roto sound’ which gave a “flamenco quality” to the rumba. Three years later he began his solo career, and in 1978 his first album appeared, ‘Poco ruido y mucho duende’, which was a big hit. Other albums came afterwards such as ‘Caja de música’, ‘Sueño de amor’, ‘Espíritu sin nombre’, among many other titles. Upon setting up residence in Catalonia, his career slowed down, although in Barcelona his guitar was called on by artists such rumbero Gato Pérez and cantaor Duquende.

In 1995, he returned to the stage to star along with the group Ketama in the party closing the film ‘Flamenco’ by Carlos Saura, performing the song ‘Verde’ with lyrics by Lorca. By the hand of producer Paco Ortega, around 1998 he revised his greatest hits and his extensive discography was published once again. Manzanita died at the age of 48 in Alhaurín de la Torre (Málaga) on December 6th, 2004.

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