April 04, 2019 -- 3:23 pm PDT

Alberto Cortez was an Argentine and Spanish musician, singer-songwriter and poet who began writing songs at the age of 12. Cortez was part of the 1960s movement of singers and songwriters, winning the hearts of Ibero-American audiences with his boleros and ballads, such as "Cuando un amigo se va," "En un rincón del alma," "Mi árbol y yo" and "Te llegará una rosa," which have become Latin American musical standards. During his extensive artistic career, he performed and collaborated with distinguished musicians on successful tours. In 2007, The Latin Recording Academy® recognized him with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and during the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, he was nominated in the Best Singer-Songwriter Album category.

Borrowing from one of his better-known poems, we say to Alberto, "Friend, how fortunate we were that you were born…"

Our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.

Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
Latin Recording Academy