José José's Legacy Remembered by Daddy Yankee, Banda El Recodo & More Artists

José José
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José José performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Dec.16, 2012 in Hollywood, Fla.

The "Prince of Song" died in Southern Florida at 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to published reports.

José José may be Mexico's "Prince of Song," but for fans around the world his mastery of the romantic pop ballad are bar none. Following the news of his death, tributes lit up social media, broadcasts and music platforms across the U.S., Mexico and beyond, from Colombia to Puerto Rico to Japan.   

"Respect forever," Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee posted on his Twitter account. "Rest in peace."  

The iconic Mexican singer, who died Saturday (Sept. 28), trended mightily through newscasts, radio stations and social media platforms everywhere as admirers in Mexico and other places filled the streets to sing his compositions.

The revered group Banda El Recodo are expected to pay a tribute to José José tonight as part of the 200 Years of Mexican Music Tour with Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show chronicles Mexican music through a timeline. For the L.A. show, a tweaked set list was created on Saturday to honor the late singer, according to a spokesperson with the band.

"Today we say goodbye to the #PríncipeDeLaCanción, but we will always remember him with the great musical legacy he left us," read Recodo's official Instagram post with the words "How sad it is to say goodbye," along with an image of the singer. "We extend our condolences to his family from the entire Banda el Recodo."

José José's peers around the globe continued to pay tribute throughout the weekend.

Guatemalan singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona:

"The last time I saw him, José was in the audience in Miami, at the American Airlines concert. I took the guitar and sing a couple of his songs. The best performer I’ve met and a noble man. Hugs to his family and his followers. You will recover the miracle of your voice wherever you are."

Spanish singer/songwriter Natalia Jiménez:

"Deeply regretting the death of the grand José José who enlightened us in life with his voice and his wonderful and unforgettable songs that will endure in the history of music and in our hearts. Rest in peace.”

Mexican entertainer Carlos Rivera:

“The most prodigious voice in our country is gone. Loved and admired by all who were fortunate to meet him. So much to learn and so much that leaves us with his legacy of interpretations. How sad it is to say goodbye ... Rest in Peace Maestro.”

 Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solis:

"Waking up with the unfortunate news of the departure of our beloved prince of song @JoseJoseOficial. God receive him in his lap and rest in peace."

Peruvian singer/songwriter Gian Marco:

“I was always your fan, I always had you in the highest place because your voice and the way you interpreted was unique. I was lucky to be your friend, to talk and give me advice about this career. I will never forget that day that we met on a radio station in Mexico and I was on a promotion ... you asked me:

-  Mi ... how are you doing with the promo?

- From here to there teacher, tired but happy (I replied).

- Son ... how is the promo going?

He looked me in the eyes and smiling wisely, he said:

-Son ... the album is round and for it to make sound one has to spin it.

Since that day I have not stopped paying attention.  Years later I would fulfill the dream of my life: singing with him. He invited me to be part of his duets album Duetos Vol. 1, a song titled #YQué.

Every time I listen to him, like today, I can only thank life for having been able to share with him. #JoséJosé, teacher ... thank you for so much, for that giant heart, the echo of your voice remains engraved in the soul of thousands of people. Goodbye #PrincipeDeLaCanción. Until forever teacher!!”


Siempre fui tu fan, siempre te tuve en el lugar más alto porque tu voz y tu forma de interpretar eran únicas. Tuve la suerte de ser tu amigo, de conversar y me dieras consejos sobre esta carrera. Nunca olvidaré aquel día que nos encontramos en una radio en Mexico y yo andaba de promoció preguntaste: -Mijo...cómo le va con la promo? -De aquí para allá maestro, cansado pero contento (le respondí) Me miró a los ojos y sonriendo con mucha sabiduría me dijo: -Mijo...el disco es redondo y pa’ que suene hay que darle vueltas. Desde ese día no he dejado de hacerle caso. Años más tarde cumpliría el sueño de mi vida: cantar con él. Me invitó a formar parte de su disco de Duetos Volumen 1, una canción titulada #YQué Cada vez que la escucho, como hoy, solo puedo dar gracias a la vida de haber podido compartir con él. #JoséJosé, maestro...gracias por tanto, por ese corazón gigante, el eco de su voz se queda grabado en el alma de miles de personas. Adiós #PrincipeDeLaCanción Hasta siempre maestro!!!----?----

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