Copla Española – Antonio Molina


Antonio Molina
Antonio Molina de Hoces was born in Malaga on March 9 1928. He was a singer of Copla and Flamenco with a singular, falsetto voice and wonderful natural technique that led him to star in several shows and films.

Given his humble background, he worked through his childhood in a series of menial jobs singing to himself and falling in love with La canción Española. At the age of fourteen he moved to Madrid to seek his fortune and after winning a talent contest in 1949 he made his first record, which included the songs “El Agua del Avellano” and “El Macetero”, which was used in the short of the same name and was his first contact with the cinema.

El Macetero

In 1952 he made his début in the Teatro Fuencarral with the show Así Es Mi Cante. His crystal clear voice and unmistakable falsetto were very popular on the radio and immediately the public took him to their hearts.

Between 1954 and 1965 he starred in several films, amongst them El Pescador de Coplas, Esa Voz es Una Mina and El Cristo de los Faroles. He also made Café de Chinitas and Puente de Coplas with the great Rafael Farina.

El Pescador de Coplas

One of his best remembered songs is Soy minero

But his repertoire was very broad, including hits such as:

Adiós a España

Soy un Pobre Presidiario

Cocinero, Cocinero

Una Paloma Blanca

When singing Flamenco he excelled with Fandangos

And also had his own, personal take on the Colombianas

In 1986 he returned to the stage and in 1990 alongside other figures such as Juanito Valderrama, receieved a Platinum Disc in recognition of his artistic career. He had had to stop performing the year before for health reasons.
He had been married to Ángela Tejedor since 1952, and had eight children. Five of them followed him into the arts – most noticeably, perhaps, his daughter Ángela one of the greatest living Spanish actresses. His granddaughter, Olivia, carries on the family tradition.

Antonio Molina died in Madrid on March 18 1992 and is buried in the cemetry in Fuencarral. His funeral was a attended by thousands who came to pay their respects.

In 2002 to mark the tenth anniversary of his death, a statue was raised in his honour in a square in the centre of Malaga.

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