Recording artists Jorge Ben Jor, Rocío Dúrcal, Generoso Jiménez, Sergio Mendes, Johnny Pacheco, and Sandro de América will receive the 2005 Latin Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award. Pierre Cossette, Eduardo Magallanes and Rafael Pérez Botija will be honored with the Trustees Award. Recipients of these awards will be acknowledged at a special ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
"Honoring the legends of Latin music is one of the most important endeavors we can undertake," said Gabriel Abaroa, Latin Recording Academy President. "The recipients of these awards are a diverse group of inspired and magnificent creators who have contributed some of the most distinctive and seminal recordings in Spanish, English, and Portuguese of the past century."
For the Lifetime Achievement Awards: This Special Merit Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy's Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
Jorge Ben Jor was a key representative of the Rio wing of Brazil's tropicalia movement, which blended American blues and rock and roll into the already potent musical stew of Brazilian pop. Ben Jor's first big hit as a singer/songwriter came at the age of 23 with "Mais Que Nada." (performed internationally by Sergio Mendes' Brasil 66). He has worked with all the prominent Brazilian artists and also has worked with King Sunny Ade. Fed by his never ending energy, Ben Jor career is still going strong and has spanned four decades of successes with in the musical genres, from samba to rock to bossa nova, passing through tropicalismo, jazz and reggae.
Rocío Dúrcal is an internationally renowned singer and actress from Spain. She started her career at the age of 10 when she participated in a popular radio program of the time, "Conozca A Sus Vecinos" (Get To Know Your Neighbors), and her surprisingly powerful vocal performance - given her tender age - was well received by the audience and ultimately opened the doors of opportunity. Her breakout performance in the movie Cancion De Juventud launched her into international stardom. Throughout her illustrious 40-year career she has worked with the best in theater, television, movies and music. Her early collaboration on five albums with famed singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel served to cement her place in music history as one of the best-known voices in Mexican music.
The most celebrated trombonist in the history of Cuban music, Generoso Jiménez was born in the small town of Cruces in 1917 and started playing the trombone at an early age. As with any aspiring musicians from the provinces, his path eventually took him 150 miles northwest to Havana, where the legendary
prerevolutionary nightlife had attracted musicians and music lovers from all over the world. Jiménez thrived in this environment, eventually winning a coveted spot with Benny Moré's wildly popular orchestra in 1955. He stayed with the band as a composer and lead soloist until 1959 before going on to record several albums with his own orchestra including El Trombón Majadero, which was rereleased in the United States in 1997.
For most of the second half of the 1960s, Brazilian Sergio Mendes was a top-selling artist in the United States and in fact, throughout the world, charting huge hit singles and LPs that regularly made the Top 5. His records with his group, Brasil '66, and Brasil' 77 straddled the domestic pop and international markets in America, getting played heavily on the radio and turning Mendes into an international music star and one of the most popular musicians of South America. But Mendes is much more than a pop entertainer. In 1992, his Brasileiro album paid tribute to the soulful folklore of his homeland. Mendes continues to prove that you can be authentic and unabashedly enterta