Paco de Lucía is an internationally recognized Spanish flamenco guitarist, and leading exponent of the New Flamenco style. He is the son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sánchez, and brother of flamenco singer Pepe de Lucía and flamenco guitarist Ramón de Algeciras.
He was born Francisco Sánchez Gómez, in Algeciras, a city in the province of Cádiz, in the southernmost tip of Spain on December 21st, 1947, the youngest of five children. He adopted the stage name, Paco de Lucía in honor of his mother, Lucía Gómez.
In 1958, at only age 11, de Lucía made his first public appearance on Radio Algeciras and a year later he was awarded a special prize in the Jerez flamenco competition. In 1961 he toured with the flamenco troupe of dancer José Greco. Between 1968 and 1977 he enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with fellow New Flamenco innovator Camarón de la Isla. The two recorded 10 albums together.
He has toured and recorded with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin as well as his own Paco de Lucía Sextet (which includes his brothers Ramón and Pepe).
He has released several albums of both classical guitar and modern flamenco. Through his wide discography he has given rise to a new way of understanding flamenco and has launched his music and his instrument to a level comparable to modern jazz performers.
Being a very talented guitarist, he is known to many as the master of rasqueados and picados.
He is the winner of 2004 Prince of Asturias Awards in Arts.
- "Dos guitarras flamencas" (1965) with Ricardo Modrego
- "Dos guitarras flamencas en stereo" (1965) with Ricardo Modrego
- "Doce canciones de García Lorca para guitarra" (1965) with Ricardo Modrego
- "Dos guitarras flamencas en America Latina" (1967) with Ramón de Algeciras
- "La fabulosa guitarra de Paco de Lucía" (1967)
- "Hispanoamerica" (1969)
- "Fantasía flamenca" (1969)
- "Recital de guitarra" (1971)
- "El duende flamenco" (1972)
- "Entre Dos Aguas" (1973)
- "En vivo desde el teatro real" (1975)
- "Fuente y caudal" (1975)
- "Almoraima" (1976)
- "Interpreta a Manuel de Falla" (1978)
- "Castro Marín" (1981)
- "Friday Night in San Francisco" (1981) with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin
- "Solo quiero caminar" (1981) The Paco de Lucía Sextet
- "Passion, Grace and Fire" (1983) with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin
- "Live One Summer Night" (1984) The Paco de Lucía Sextet
- "Siroco" (1987)
- "Zyryab" (1990)
- "Concierto de Aranjuez" (1991)
- "Live in America" (1993) The Paco de Lucía Sextet
- "The Guitar Trio" (1996) with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin
- "Luzia" (1998)
- "Cositas Buenas" (2004)
- Paco de Lucía Official Web Page (http://www.pacodelucia.org/)