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Bobby Capo

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Félix Manuel Rodríguez Capó (January 1, 1922–December 18, 1989), better known as Bobby Capó, was an internationally known singer and songwriter from Puerto Rico. He usually combined ballads with classical music, Puerto Rican folk elements and even Andalusian music, as to produce many memorable Latino pop songs which featured elaborate, dramatic lyrics.

Capó was born in Coamo, one of Puerto Rico’s oldest settlements, located in the Island’s south quadrant. After earning a strong reputation as a likable, versatile singer, he adopted his stage name (Rodriguez is one of Puerto Rico’s most common surnames, and he opted to use his mother’s less common one instead) and emigrated to the city of New York, early in the 1940s. He then joined Xavier Cugat’s orchestra. From that moment on, he went on to become an idol all over Latin America.

Capó was a polifacetic entertainer. Apart from singing, he was also a television host, as well as technical and musical director. However, his somewhat intimate songs are what Capó was -and is- best known for.

Capó was not a prolific song writer (at least not compared to his contemporaries), but many of the few songs he wrote were smash hits in Puerto Rico, and occasionally in the rest of Latin America.

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