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Tio Gregorio lived and died (at 73) in Jerez de la Frontera, "never wanting to leave his province". He began as a farm laborer and then gradually devoted himself to singing. He was what was called a cantaor de ventas, a "tavern singer" who could be called upon at the last minute because he was always free, when a traveler was in town and could pay for entertainment. In an interview he told the following story: "One day when I was in a caseta de feria in Seville, I met La Pastora (the nickname of La Nina de los peines) with her husband, Pinto. Somebody carried us off to go and ring 'de fiesta' in a venta. The cante [that came from me] was perfection, so much so that even today, twenty years later, those who were there still talk to me about it." In 1967 El Borrico caused such a sensation with a Buleria por Soléa at a very official "International congress of Flamenco Art" that he was awarded "La Copa de Jerez", and was entreated to make recordings, which are reissued here. Ortiz Nuevo and Blas Vega wrote frequently of his talents, claiming, "El Borrico's cante belongs to that type of great singing that can never die."
Personnel: Diamante Negro, Terremoto de Jerez (vocals); Paco Cepero (guitar).
Liner Note Authors: Mario Bois; Alexis Weissenberg .
Director: Mario Bois.
Illustrator: Henri Galeron.