José José

World Music Singer

Birthday February 17, 1948

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace Mexico City, Mexico

DEATH DATE Sep 28, 2019 (71)

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Balladeer, musician and actor also known as El Príncipe de la Canción whose 1983 album Secretos sold in excess of seven million copies. He sold out live performances at several of the world's leading concert venues including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall

Before Fame

His mother gave him his first piano at the age of 15 in 1963. He got his big break in March 1970 when he performed the song "El Triste" at the II Festival de la Canción Latina competition where, despite getting a standing ovation, he finished in third place. 


His stage name was originally "Pepe Sosa," but after his father's death, he began going by "José José" to honor his memory. He earned more than 200 gold and platinum records for all his music productions throughout his career. 

Family Life

He married his third wife Sara Salazar in 1995; they shared a daughter together named Sarita. He also had two children with his first wife, actress Anel Noreña, named José Joel and Marysol. His full name was José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz. He was born to opera singer José Sora Esquivel and concert pianist Margarita Ortiz Pensado. 

Associated With

He collaborated musically with fellow distinguished artists such as Juan GabrielArmando ManzaneroMarco Antonio MuñizVicente Fernández and José Feliciano