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Estelle Fletcher
Estelle Fletcher
Personal information
Name Estelle Marie Fletcher
Sex Female
Life 1928-2005
Spouse Luis Benitez 1953-1956
Jose Campanes 1959-1970
Anthony Grant 1981-1987
Occupation Singer
Home Koningstad, Cape Cross Parish

Estelle Fletcher (1928-2005) was a Brunanter singer famous in the 1950s and 1960s.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Fletcher was born in Coral Gables, Florida to a Cuban mother and an American father. Fletcher started singing from the age of nine and in 1948 was recording some material; much of it had Cuban influences but was mostly based on jazz. Most record companies she went to did not want to release her material, finding it unsuitable for their tastes. After two years of bad luck, she decided to move to Brunant, where she had an aunt in Koningstad.

Early careerEdit

Fletcher moved to Koningstad in 1951 and was able to get in contact with Cuban-Brunanter songwriter Luis Benitez, who had her audition for a song he was writing. Impressed by her performance, Benitez had her record We're off to Cuba with Stereophone Records, where he worked. This would be the song that launched her career. It was a hit that summer and Brunanters danced to it all the time.

Personal lifeEdit

Fletcher was romantically linked to Luis Benitez during the time they worked together. She married Benitez in 1953, soon after his divorce from his first wife. They would have one son together, Jose Benitez, in 1955. They divorced in 1956 due in a large part to his infidelity and other drinking problems.

In the late 1950s she became involved with Barzuna singer Jose Campanes. The two had a daughter out of marriage, which shocked many traditional Brunanters.[1] In 1959 she married Campanes and they had three children: Maria (1958), Juan (1960) and Carmanza (1963). Campanes shockingly died in a Barzona Libre attack, as he was against their violent means[2].

Fletcher remarried in 1981 to Anthony Grant, a younger man. The couple separated in 1987. Since then, she has largely remained in private and has rarely given concerts, the last one being in 1990.

DiscographyEdit

The Blues Fletcher

The Blues, 1962

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

Were off to cuba

NotesEdit

  1. There were indeed attempts by traditional and Church groups to ban her music from the radio.
  2. He was only the fourth casualty of BL attacks.
  3. Martin Carlotti and Carlos Banderas wrote the music for the album, and Fletcher sung most of the songs (except for instrumental pieces).
  4. This was an attempt at re-creating the success of We're off to Cuba, but Jamaica was an unsuccessful song, only charting at 57 on the Hit Parade charts and it didn't chart at all in the US.
  5. Sung with Bert Fransen

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