Remembering Manitas de Plata
We remember the popular Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who passed away on Thursday. He made his American debut at Carnegie Hall on November 21, 1965, and went on to perform here eleven times, making his final Carnegie Hall appearance on January 30, 1977. His November 1966 performance was recorded by Vanguard Records. Manitas de Plata often performed with the singer José Reyes, whose sons are part of the popular flamenco group the Gipsy Kings.
Reviewing a 1967 Carnegie Hall performance, critic Robert Sheldon wrote in The New York Times, “Manitas de Plata, the Gypsy guitarist who works with the bravura of a matador, took over the Carnegie Hall bull ring at midnight Saturday and won 2,600 pairs of ears.”
Pictured below are the front and back sides of a flyer promoting a series of Carnegie Hall performances, courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.