Luis Miguel or just Micky, is a Mexican singer and record producer often referred to as El Sol de México -The Sun of Mexico- and El Sinatra Latino -The Latin Sinatra-.
He is an international icon of music, especially in the Latin Music World, who has sung in a variety of genres, from pop, ballads, boleros, tangos, and jazz to big band and mariachi. In fact, it is said that Luis Miguel has been recognized for being one of the primary reasons for the popularity of the bolero genre.
He has become a blueprint of what a successful child star and pop ballad singer is and how a person with so many personal struggles has managed to be so successful.
Starting his musical career, he was catapulted on a small television show at the age of eleven in “The Andres Garcia Show” in Juarez, where his young and powerful voice captivated many while he sang the song “La Malaguena”, where he sang alongside his father on the guitar.
Throughout his nearly four-decade-long career, Luis Miguel has put out twenty-two studio albums, two live albums, eight compilation albums, nine video albums, forty-three music videos, two extended plays, sixty-four singles, and two soundtrack albums. He has won six Latin Grammys and five Grammys. Luis Miguel has been linked with some of the greats, from dating vocal legend Mariah Carey to singing with Frank Sinatra and Celine.
His career and achievements are often outshined by a complicated upbringing. The relationship between him and his father, who was obsessed with fame, was very rocky and often known by the media as an exploitative relationship between a manager and an artist instead of a father and son. The most devastating and traumatic scandal in Luis Miguel’s life was the abrupt disappearance of his mother Marcela Basteri.
But one of the biggest scandals in Luis Miguel’s life that briefly affected his career was the whereabouts of his nationality.
Luis Miguel’s dad moved his whole family from Spain to Mexico where he knew the Mexican market had more potential for his son. The Sun of Mexico was marketed as a Mexican child star and identified himself as a Mexican native of Veracruz because his father pushed him to say he was Mexican. Embracing all Mexican cultures, Luis Miguel lived and went to school in Mexico so at a young age Mexicans embraced him and were proud of his voice and talent Luis Miguel had.
Later on in his career around the late 90s, close sources to the singer and his management knew that Luis Miguel had fired his father as a manager and knew the truth about his nationality.
For Mexicans, their national pride is a big thing and they embrace their own singers, artists, boxers and national team players as they claim they have some of the best, so to their disbelief that is one of the best vocalists of that era was not Mexican it was heartbreaking.
The media accepted his apology and his attempt to make amends and he was handed his Mexican birth certificate and citizenship by Mexico’s former President Carlos Salinas de Gatori.
He was born as Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri on April 18, 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Luis Miguel: The Series is an authorized version of the life of the Mexican Singer where you can find more about the hallmark of his career, what lies behind this reality is how fame and fortune can impact a family.
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