Famous Spanish Guitarists

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Paco de Lucía
(Spanish Virtuoso Flamenco Guitarist, Composer, and Record Producer)
Paco de Lucía
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Birthdate: December 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain
Died: February 25, 2014

Paco de Lucía was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer, and record producer. Often counted among history’s greatest guitarists, he was one of the first flamenco guitarists to branch into classical and jazz. He was a master of contrast known for his fast and fluent picados and rasgueados. He was a recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award.   

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Andres Segovia
(Spanish Guitarist Known for His Expressive Performances, Broad Tonal Palette, and Distinct Musical Personality)
Andres Segovia
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Birthdate: February 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linares, Spain
Died: June 2, 1987
Classical guitarist Andres Segovia is remembered for revolutionizing the use of the guitar in concerts. As a child, he had also learned the piano and the cello. He was mostly self-taught due to the lack of quality guitar teachers. He earned 10 honorary doctorates and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Francisco Tárrega
(Spanish Composer and Classical Guitarist Known for His Work During the Romantic Period)
Francisco Tárrega
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Birthdate: November 21, 1852
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villarreal, Spain
Died: December 15, 1909

Francisco Tárrega was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist active during the Romantic period. He is often considered the father of classical guitar and is counted among the greatest guitarists of all time. He loved music from an early age and was able to build a successful career with his father’s encouragement. He died at the peak of his career. 

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Fernando Sor
(Spanish Classical Guitarist and Composer of the Early Romantic Era)
Fernando Sor
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Birthdate: February 14, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: July 10, 1839

Fernando Sor was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist best remembered for writing solo classical guitar music. Widely regarded as the best classical guitarist of his generation, Fernando Sor also composed an opera, two ballets, and three symphonies. Many of his works have been studied by students and guitar enthusiasts all over the world.

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Manny Charlton
(Guitarist Founding Member of the Scottish Hard Rock Band 'Nazareth')
Manny Charlton
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Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Línea de la Concepción, Spain
Died: July 6, 2022

Manny Charlton is a Spanish guitarist. He is credited with co-founding the popular hard rock band Nazareth where he served as the lead guitarist between 1968 and 1990. Manny Charlton played a major role in the worldwide success of the band. Apart from playing the guitar, Manny Charlton also served as the band's producer for several years.

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Narciso García Yepes
(Spanish musician)
Narciso García Yepes
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Birthdate: November 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lorca, Spain
Died: May 3, 1997

Narciso García Yepes was a Spanish guitarist best remembered for his work with conductor and pianist Ataúlfo Argenta. Yepes is credited with popularizing a classical guitar concerto named Concierto de Aranjuez. Over the years, Narciso García Yepes went on to become one of the 20th century's finest virtuoso classical guitarists.

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Tomatito
(Guitarist)
Tomatito
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Birthdate: August 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Almería, Spain

Tomatito is a Spanish guitarist best known for his association with the popular singer Camarón de la Isla. Tomatito has made six solo albums and several collaborative albums, winning Latin Grammy Awards for two of his albums. Although he is renowned for his Roma flamenco style, Tomatito often incorporates elements of jazz in his music.

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Pablo Espinosa
(Actor)
Pablo Espinosa
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Birthdate: March 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Villajoyosa, Spain

Pablo Espinosa is a Spanish musician, actor, and singer. Espinosa is best known for portraying Ramiro in the popular series El Secreto De Puente Viejo. He is also known for portraying Tomás in Disney Channel's Violetta

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Gaspar Sanz
(Composer, Guitarist)
Gaspar Sanz
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Birthdate: April 4, 1640
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calanda, Bajo Aragón, Spain
Died: 1710 AD

Initially a theologian, Gaspar Sanz later went to Italy to study music and later also focused on literature. Best remembered for his works such as Instruccion de musica sobre la guitarra Espanola, he also developed the use of the classical guitar. He had also been an organist to the viceroy of Napoles.

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Pepe Romero
(Guitarist)
Pepe Romero
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Birthdate: March 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Pepe Romero is a Spanish guitarist who has performed as a classical and flamenco soloist around the world. Counted among the best, Romero has also played for influential personalities like James Earl Carter Jr., Richard Nixon, and Pope John Paul II. His contributions have inspired composers to write exclusively for him. Romero has won several prestigious awards around the world.

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Sabicas
(Guitarist)
Sabicas
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Birthdate: March 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain
Died: April 14, 1990

Spanish gypsy guitarist Sabicas is remembered as one of the greatest flamenco musicians of all time. His personal and professional relationship with flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya was also part of gossip magazines. He had started playing the guitar at age 5 and began performing publicly at age 8.

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Paco Peña
(One of the World’s Foremost Traditional Flamenco Players and Composer)
Paco Peña
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Birthdate: June 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain

One of the world’s most significant flamenco musicians, Paco Peña is remembered for his albums such as Azahara and Flamenco. He has also collaborated with the likes of the Flamenco Dance Company and Argentine guitarist Eduardo Falu. Starting to play the guitar at 6, he began his musical career at a London restaurant.

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Vicente Amigo
(Composer)
Vicente Amigo
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Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guadalcanal

Vicente Amigo is a Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer whose album Ciudad de las Ideas was named the Best Flamenco Album at the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards. The album was also named best Flamenco work at the 2002 Ondas Award. Vicente Amigo has worked as an accompanying guitarist for popular singers like Luis de Córdoba and Camarón de la Isla.  

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Pablo Sáinz Villegas
(Classical guitarist)
Pablo Sáinz Villegas
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Birthdate: June 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Logroño, La Rioja, Spain

Touted by the media as a representative of Spanish culture in the global music scene, classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas has performed in over 40 countries. He has also earned awards such as the Radio Nacional de España’s Ojo Crítico Award and has performed for the Spanish royal family.

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Carlos Montoya
(Spanish Flamenco Guitarist and a Founder of the Modern-Day Popular Flamenco Style of Music)
Carlos Montoya
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Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: March 3, 1993

Largely known as the man whom popularized flamenco guitar as a mainstream and serious form of music for concert audiences, Carlos Montoya began his musical career playing at various Madrid cafes. He also became the first flamenco guitarist to have appeared as a soloist with popular orchestras.

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Luis de Milán
(Composer)
Luis de Milán
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Spain
Died: 1561 AD

Luis de Milán was the first to publish music on the vihuela, which is a Spanish version of the lute. His best-known work remains El Maestro, which was the first in a series of books on the vihuela. Some of his works were also dedicated to King John III of Portugal.

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Roi Méndez
(Singer Guitarist)
Roi Méndez
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Birthdate: September 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Roi Méndez is a Spanish guitarist and singer who achieved national recognition when he appeared in the ninth season of the popular reality television series Operación Triunfo. His popularity increased when he released his single Por una vez más in 2018. The following year, he came up with his album Mi Lógico Desorden which became popular in Spain.

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Celedonio Romero
(Spanish Guitarist and Composer Best Known as the Founder of 'The Romeros' Guitar Quartet)
Celedonio Romero
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Birthdate: March 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Died: May 8, 1996

Known as the man behind the formation of the Romeros guitar quartet, Celedonio Romero had begun playing the guitar at age 5. Apart from being a guitarist, he was a composer and poet, too. He later settled in the US with his family. He eventually lost his battle with lung cancer.

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Felipe Pedrell
(Spanish Composer, Guitarist and Musicologist)
Felipe Pedrell
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Birthdate: February 19, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tortosa, Spain
Died: August 19, 1922

Initially a choirboy, Felipe Pedrell later became known as the founder of modern Spanish musicology. He was not just the first Spanish musician to develop traditional music but also the first Catalan Modernist musician to contribute to foreign music movements. His works include collections of operas and folk songs.