Photo: Johnny Laboriel
Johnny Laboriel, a popular singer during Mexico’s 1960s rock and roll era, died in this capital of prostate cancer. He was 71.
Juan Jose Laboriel Lopez recently underwent surgery at the National Cancer Institute and he was allowed to go home a few days ago, the National Auditorium announced in a communique.
Since his start as a singer at age 14, Laboriel stood out because of his unique and powerful voice as well as his great versatility, characteristics that allowed him to become the vocalist with the Mexican group Los Rebeldes del Rock in 1958, a band with which he popularized hits such as “Rock del angelito” and “Melodia de amor.”
The artist had been scheduled to offer a concert last month at the National Auditorium to celebrate his musical career lasting more than half a century, but that performance had to be postponed because of his delicate health.
Via the social networks, dozens of fans and friends lamented the death of Laboriel, who was one of Mexico’s emblematic figures of rock and roll in the ‘60s, along with performers like Cesar Costa, Enrique Guzman and Angelica Maria.