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Juan García Esquivel

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Juan García Esquivel (born January 20, 1918 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, died January 13, 2002 in Jiutepec, Morelos) often referred to as the Father of Lounge, he was a mexican arranger, pianist and composer. He created a unique original style that has aptly been referred to as “Lounge” or “Space Age Pop”.

By the age of 10, he and his parents moved to Mexico City. Four years before this, he was already pianist for the XEW radio station. Four years later he directed his own Orchestra (22 musicians). By that time many of his ‘jingles’ became popular, appearing in commercial ads. He graduated as engineer, fact which would led him to experiment on electronic arrangements.

Many of his music pieces are in fact, covers, the special thing about them was the unusual arrangements thathe made. He used xylophone, piano, bongos, acoustic and electric guitars. His music scored some mexican films.
By the sixties he compossed and recorded short pieces for Universal Studios, they were called “sonoramic arrangements”. These themes had been used in hundreds of TV show as: The Flinstones, Quincy Alfred Hitchcock, Ironside, Kojak, Charlie’s Angels, Bionic Woman, Charlie’s Angels, The Six Million Dollar Man. Later on TV shows as: Miami Vice, McMillan and Wife, Magnum, Lost in Space, Harry and the Hendersons, Baywatchers.

In 1979 he returned to Mexico to record the score for the children’s TV show “Odisea Burbujas” (Bubbles Odyssey).

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