With his matinee-idol demeanor and velvety voice, Chilean singer Lucho Gatica earned the title of Latin America's "King of Bolero," the traditional Spanish and Cuban slow-tempo dance genre, in the 1950s. The legend grew through the decades: through Gatica's recording heyday, which lasted until the 1960s; through performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Perry Como Show"; through being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and even when Gatica stopped recording in the late '60s, but continued to tour Latin America.

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