El Príncipe Gitano

Enrique Castellón Vargas (7 April 1928 – 22 April 2020), better known as El Príncipe Gitano ("The Gypsy Prince") was a Spanish flamenco singer, actor and dancer. He was the brother of rumba singer Dolores Vargas "La Terremoto".

El Príncipe Gitano
Birth nameEnrique Castellón Vargas
Born(1928-04-07)7 April 1928[1]
Valencia, Spain
Died22 April 2020(2020-04-22) (aged 92)
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1946-2000s


At the age of 14 he made his debut at the Teatro Calderón in Madrid in the same show as Lola Flores and very soon after he performed his first show, “Pinceladas”, becoming a great figure in Spanish song in the 1950s, despite the fact that his real passion was bullfighting, but he did not have success in that field.[2]

His most famous song is "Obí, obá". He also made a peculiar version of the Elvis Presley song "In the Ghetto".[3]

He died due to COVID-19.[4]



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