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Published on Nov 6, 2009
Julio Alfredo Jaramillo Laurido (October 1, 1935 February 9, 1978) was a notable Ecuadorian "Pasillo" performer. Jaramillo performed throughout Latin America where he achieved fame performing and recording boleros, valses, pasillos, tangos and rancheras. He recorded more than 4,000 songs in total. He recorded his most famous song Nuestro Juramento in 1956. Some years later the song's composer, Puerto Rican author Benito de Jesús, thanked him for the fame of the song. He recorded with Daniel Santos, Olimpo Cárdenas, and Alci Acosta, among others. Jaramillo died relatively young, at 42 years old. Thousands of Ecuadorians attended his funeral. His level of popularity in Ecuador could be compared to Frank Sinatra's in the United States or Carlos Gardel's in Argentina. Since 1993, his birthday has been commemorated as a national holiday for the pasillo: Día del Pasillo Ecuatoriano (Day of the Ecuadorian Pasillo).He has 20 children.