José José

Bolero, Bassist

1948 –


Who is José José?

José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, known by his stage name José José, is a Mexican singer.

Also known in the entertainment world as El Príncipe de la Canción, he is recognized for his romantic ballads and praised for his vocals. His voice garnered acclaim from musical peers and media.

Born and raised in Mexico City into a family of musicians, José José started his musical career in his early teens playing guitar and singing in serenades. He later joined a jazz and bossa nova trio where he sang and played the bass and double bass. José became a successful solo artist in the early 1970s. Demonstrating his vocal ability with a stunning performance of the song "El Triste" in a Latin music festival held in Mexico City in 1970, he climbed the Latin charts during the decade.

In the 1980s, after signing with Ariola Records, he gained international fame as one of the most talented performers in Latin America. His 1983 album Secretos has sold over 7 million copies. With a series of huge hits, he received several nominations to the Grammy and numerous recognitions worldwide. He sold out in venues such as the Madison Square Garden and the Radio City Music Hall. His music has reached non Spanish-speaking countries like Japan, Israel and Russia. During the late 1990s, after several hits, his career began to decline as his voice started to falter due to alcoholism and health issues. José has also forged a career as an actor, starring in movies like Gavilán o Paloma and Perdóname Todo.


Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:


"José José." STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 18 Feb. 2020. <>.

Discuss this José José biography with the community:

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Feb 17, 1948
Azcapotzalco, D.F.
Also known as
  • Jose Jose
  • José-José
  • Jos Jos
  • José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz
  • El príncipe de la Canción
  • Prince of Songs
  • Pepe Sosa
  • José Romulo Sosa Ortíz
  • The Prince of Song
  • Mexico
Lived in
  • Mexico City

on July 23, 2013