Manitas de Plata
|Manitas de Plata|
Manitas de Plata in 1968
|Birth name||Ricardo Baliardo|
|Died||5 November 2014 (aged 93)|
|Associated acts||Los Reyes, |
|Website||Website on Manitas de Plata|
Manitas de Plata (born Ricardo Baliardo; 7 August 1921 – 5 November 2014) was a
Ricardo Baliardo was born in a
Manitas de Plata ("Little Hands of Silver" in Spanish) only agreed to play in public ten years after the death of
Manitas de Plata garnered fame in the United States only after a photography exhibition in New York, organized by his friend
Manitas de Plata was the father of Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo and uncle to Paul, François (Canut), Patchaï, Nicolas and André Reyes (the sons of his cousin, flamenco artist
José Reyes (1928-1979), all members of the
Manitas de Plata died in a retirement home in Montpellier on 6 November 2014. The cause of death was not disclosed, although it was reported that de Plata had been in poor health since suffering a severe heart attack in April 2013.
Many members of his own family were also well known flamenco musicians, including his younger brother Hippolyte Baliardo (1928-2009), and his eldest son Manero Baliardo (1940-2012). Another son, Bambo Baliardo, is still an active musician and performer as of 2015.