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Julio Jaramillo
Also known as J. J. (Jota Jota)[1]
El Ruiseñor de América (The Nightingale of the Americas)
Born October 1, 1935(1935-10-01)
Origin Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died February 9, 1978 (aged 42)
Genres Pasillo, Bolero, Corrido, Valse, Tango, Ranchera
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1950 - 1978

Julio Alfredo Jaramillo Laurido (October 1, 1935 – February 9, 1978) was a notable Ecuadorian "Pasillo" performer. Jaramillo performed throughout Latin America[2] where he achieved fame performing and recording boleros, valses, pasillos, tangos and rancheras. He recorded more than 4,000 songs in total.[1] [3]

He recorded his most famous song Nuestro juramento in 1956. Some years later the song's composer, Puerto Rican author Benito de Jesús, thanked him for the fame of the song. He recorded with Daniel Santos, Olimpo Cárdenas, and Alci Acosta, among others.



Jaramillo died relatively young, at 42 years old. Thousands of Ecuadorians attended his funeral.[1] His level of popularity in Ecuador could be compared to Frank Sinatra's in the United States or Carlos Gardel's in Argentina.[1] Since 1993, his birthday has been commemorated as a national holiday for the pasillo: Día del Pasillo Ecuatoriano (Day of the Ecuadorian Pasillo).[2]He has 20 children.

Famous songs

  • Nuestro juramento
  • Ódiame
  • Reminiscencias
  • Un disco más
  • Aunque me duele el alma
  • ¿Para qué se quiere?
  • Amor se escribe con llanto
  • Soñar y nada más
  • Cenizas
  • Esposa
  • Guayaquil de mis amores
  • Tú y yo
  • Te esperaré
  • Dos Años
  • Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Handelsman, Michael (2000). Culture and customs of Ecuador. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. pp. 116. ISBN 0-313-30244-8.  
  2. ^ a b "Julio Jaramillo". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  
  3. ^ "Biografía de Julio Jaramillo Laurido" (in Spanish). Museo de la Música Popular Guayaquileña Julio Jaramillo. Retrieved 2009-03-25.  
  • Enciclopedia del Ecuador

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