Remembered for such hit songs as "Mi Primera Grabacion," "Nada Personal," and "Somos Novios," Manzanero rose to international fame as a songwriter and also had a career as a CBS International executive.
He wrote his first song, "Nunca en el Mundo," when he was just fifteen years old. The composition was later recorded in over twenty languages. He released his debut album, the aptly titled Mi Primera Grabación (My First Record), in 1959.
He served as President of the Mexican National Association of Authors and Composers.
Born Armando Manzanero Canche, he grew up in Ticul, Yucatan, Mexico in a family of Mayan descent.
"It's Impossible," the English version of his single "Somos Novios," was performed by Perry Como in the early 1970s and was nominated for a Grammy award.