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La Paquera de Jerez

  • La Paquera de Jerez © EFE

    La Paquera de Jerez © EFE



Flamenco, Music



Date of birth

May 20, 1934

Date of death

Apr 26, 2004

" Flamenco singer. She was the owner of one of the most passionate flamenco voices of all time, and was especially renowned for singing fandangos and bulerías."

Born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1934, Francisca Méndez Garrido, known as La Paquera de Jerez, belonged to one of most celebrated families of flamenco singers, the Méndez family from the San Miguel neighbourhood. She began to sing at the gatherings of the Jerez bourgeoisie when she was 16 years old, and made her first recording in the early 1950s. In 1957, she made her debut in Madrid, at the famous Madrid tablao, El Corral de la Morería. Francisca performed in all the main flamenco venues in Madrid and Seville. She sang with some of the biggest names in flamenco such as Camarón, Manolo Caracol and Lola Flores, and was accompanied on the guitar by masters like Manolo Sanlúcar. Her passionate and heartfelt performance was captured by Carlos Saura in his film 'Flamenco'. She died in the town of her birth in April 2004.


National Flamenco Singing Award (1980)
Copa de Jerez Award from the Chair of Flamencology in Jerez.
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, awarded posthumously (2004)

Highlighted works

  • Maldigo tus ojos verdes
  • Tu pintura
  • Flamenco, by Carlos Saura
  • Sevillanas del Cante Jondo
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