Mercedes Sosa

1935 - 2009

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Haydée Mercedes Sosa (Spanish pronunciation: [meɾˈseðes ˈsosa]; 9 July 1935 – 4 October 2009), sometimes known as La Negra (literally: 'The Black One'), was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the region. With her roots in Argentine folk music, Sosa became one of the preeminent exponents of La nueva canción. She gave voice to songs written by many Latin American songwriters. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mercedes Sosa has received more than 566,903 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Mercedes Sosa is the 94th most popular singer (up from 95th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Argentina and the most popular Argentinean Singer.

Mercedes Sosa is a famous Argentine singer and songwriter. She was a major figure in the Latin American New Song Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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  • 46

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  • 4.71

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  • 4.02

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Among singers, Mercedes Sosa ranks 94 out of 3,541Before her are Jenny Lind, Dolly Parton, Gwen Stefani, Kenny Rogers, Lys Assia, and Diana Ross. After her are Morrissey, France Gall, Yma Sumac, Mirella Freni, Donna Summer, and Roy Orbison.

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Among people born in 1935, Mercedes Sosa ranks 28Before her are John Cazale, Ágota Kristóf, Fairuz, Bibi Andersson, Omar Sívori, and Faisal II of Iraq. After her are Mirella Freni, Gherman Titov, Jerry Lee Lewis, Omar Bongo, William Friedkin, and Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Among people deceased in 2009, Mercedes Sosa ranks 17Before her are Maurice Jarre, Farrah Fawcett, Ted Kennedy, Corazon Aquino, Les Paul, and Robert McNamara. After her are Vivian Maier, Maurice Druon, Ralf Dahrendorf, Omar Bongo, Bobby Robson, and Abdurrahman Wahid.

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In Argentina

Among people born in Argentina, Mercedes Sosa ranks 18 out of 900Before her are Jorge Rafael Videla (1925), José de San Martín (1778), Daniel Barenboim (1942), Lionel Messi (1987), Omar Sívori (1935), and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (1953). After her are Mario Kempes (1954), Leopoldo Galtieri (1926), Guillermo Stábile (1905), Helenio Herrera (1910), Carlos Menem (1930), and Gabriel Batistuta (1969).

Among SINGERS In Argentina

Among singers born in Argentina, Mercedes Sosa ranks 1After her are Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908), Facundo Cabral (1937), Sandro de América (1945), Luis Alberto Spinetta (1950), Ricardo Montaner (1957), Roberto Goyeneche (1926), Gilda (1961), León Gieco (1951), Andrés Calamaro (1961), Marcelo Álvarez (1962), and Diego Torres (1971).