Madrid, Spain – José Antonio Díaz Fernández, known as “Chaquetón,” one of Madrid’s best-known flamenco singers, died of cancer in a Madrid hospital. He was 58.
Born in 1945 in the southern town of Algeciras, he was part of a dynasty of flamenco singers called “los chaqueta,” (the jackets). He was the son of El Flecha de Cádiz, nephew of Tomás El Chaqueta, Antonio El Chaqueta, Adela La Chaqueta, El Chaleco and Salvador Pantalón; and brother of El Flecha.Chaquetón began his career as a child, singing in the bar owned by his father, el Flecha de Cadiz. Later in his career, he performed with other famous flamenco singers, including the legendary Camarón de la Isla.
He is survived by his wife, flamenco dancer Lina Fonteboa.