Lo Pasado Pasado: A Tribute to José José


Lo Pasado Pasado: A Tribute to José José

Lo Pasado Pasado is a song by the late Mexican singer José José, who was known as “El Príncipe de la Canción” (The Prince of Song). The song was released in 1978 as part of his album of the same name, which featured collaborations with Juan Gabriel and José María Napoleón. The song became one of his most popular hits, reaching the top of the charts in Mexico and Latin America.

The song is a ballad that expresses the singer’s gratitude for finding a new love after overcoming a painful past. He asks for applause for the love that has arrived in his life, and says that he has forgotten everything that happened before. He sings: “Ya lo pasado, pasado / No me interesa / Si antes sufrí y lloré / Todo quedó en el ayer / Ya olvidé” (The past is past / I don’t care / If I suffered and cried before / Everything stayed in the past / I forgot).

The song has been covered by many artists, such as Cristian Castro, Juan Gabriel, and Marc Anthony. It is also a popular choice for karaoke and romantic occasions. The song is considered a classic of Mexican pop music and a tribute to José José’s legacy.

José José was born in Mexico City in 1948. He began his musical career as a teenager, singing in cafes and bars. He rose to fame in 1970, when he participated in the Latin Song Festival with his song “El Triste” (The Sad One), which received a standing ovation from the audience. He went on to record more than 30 albums, selling over 100 million copies worldwide. He was known for his expressive voice, his romantic style, and his ability to sing in different genres, such as bolero, ballad, pop, and rock.

José José faced many challenges in his personal and professional life. He struggled with alcoholism, drug addiction, financial problems, and health issues. He was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2007 and with pancreatic cancer in 2017. He died in Miami, Florida, on September 28, 2019, at the age of 71. His death caused a national mourning in Mexico and a wave of tributes from fans and fellow artists. He was buried in his hometown of Mexico City, where thousands of people attended his funeral.

Lo Pasado Pasado is one of the songs that best represents José José’s musical legacy and his message of hope and resilience. The song is a reminder that no matter how hard the past was, there is always a chance to find happiness and love in the present. The song is also a celebration of the power of music to heal and inspire people. As José José once said: “La música es el mejor remedio para el alma” (Music is the best remedy for the soul).

To honor José José and his song Lo Pasado Pasado, many artists have performed their own versions of the song. Some of the most notable covers are:

  • Cristian Castro: The Mexican pop singer recorded a duet with José José in 1994, as part of his album El Deseo De Oir Tu Voz (The Desire To Hear Your Voice). The song was a hit in Latin America and the United States, and was nominated for a Billboard Latin Music Award.
  • Juan Gabriel: The legendary Mexican singer-songwriter included Lo Pasado Pasado in his album Juan Gabriel Con La Banda… El Recodo (Juan Gabriel With The Band… El Recodo) in 1998. He also performed the song live with José José in 2008, as part of his concert series Celebrando 25 Años De Juan Gabriel En El Palacio De Bellas Artes (Celebrating 25 Years Of Juan Gabriel At The Palace Of Fine Arts).
  • Marc Anthony: The Puerto Rican-American singer sang Lo Pasado Pasado in 2016, during a tribute concert to José José at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He dedicated the song to José José, who was watching from his home in Miami. He said: “This is for you, my brother. You are a legend. You are an inspiration.”

These are just some of the examples of how Lo Pasado Pasado has transcended time and borders, becoming a universal anthem of love and forgiveness. The song is a testament to José José’s musical genius and his influence on generations of singers and fans.