The music and theater producer José María Cámara, who was president of several record companies –among them SONY Music–, died this morning, as confirmed by several figures close to the iconic manager. He worked side by side with Joaquín Sabina and is considered the discoverer of Mecano.
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This has been confirmed by the former president of the General Society of Authors, Eduardo “Teddy” Bautista: “This morning José María Cámara left us, in peace and surrounded by his family. I can prove, without a doubt, that his loss is irreparable , but also that his undying mark on music was an innovative shakeup that changed the industry. Goodbye dear friend, “it said in a statement.
“Today is a sad day because José María Cámara, an essential figure in Spanish music and a friend for so many years, has left us. A big hug to his family,” said the singer Ana Belén. The current Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, has defined him as “an essential figure in the recording industry in Spain”. The Delegate for Culture, Tourism and Sports of Madrid, Andrea Levy, said of him: “With his ingenuity and overflowing energy, José María Cámara was a fundamental man in promoting musical theater in Madrid. Fans of the genre are indebted to he”.
Cámara has been one of the most relevant figures in the Spanish music industry in recent decades and was president in Spain of Sony Music, BMG, Ariola and RCA. In his career he promoted the careers of artists such as the Mecano group, Radio Futura, Joaquín Sabina and Isabel Pantoja.
“We met José María during the years as president of Sony. He shattered the cliché of the multinational executive: passionate, respectful with the artistic and affectionate like a good father. You were key in our history, friend. Goodbye”, has published by its part the group La Oreja de Van Gogh.
In recent years, Cámara had retired from the world of the music industry but continued to work as a theatrical producer of musicals such as “Billy Elliot” or “West Side Story”.