|Birth name||Eduardo Bort Garcera|
|Born||January 2, 1948|
|Died||February 26, 2020 (aged 72)|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
Eduardo Bort Garcera (January 2, 1948 – February 26, 2020) was a Spanish progressive rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Life and career
Born in Valencia, Bort started his career in the late 1960s as guitarist in such bands as Los Exciters, Los Bodgies, and La Oveja Negra, before working as a session musician in Switzerland, Germany, Britain and France. After an unsuccessful collaboration with the Paris band Out, he returned to Spain.
In the early 1970s, Bort began to compose songs, inspired by the writings of H. P. Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany. He founded the band Yann with musicians Vicente "Fony" Font (lead vocals), José Soriano (keyboards), Marino Hernández (bass), and Vicente Alcañiz (drums). In Madrid in 1974, they recorded Bort's songs, with some lyrics by Juan Beltrán Pilato, for a demo version of what was intended to be the band's debut album. With Alcañiz, Bort took the tapes to London, where they were heard by EMI's A&R director and musician Joop Visser, who was impressed and suggested that the album be re-recorded in London, and then promoted widely. However, none of the other musicians wished to move to Britain, and Visser lost interest. The album, self-titled Eduardo Bort and with re-recorded vocals by Bort, was eventually released on the Movieplay label in Spain in 1975. The release was poorly promoted, though Bort did perform its songs at several European music festivals.
In 1983 Bort recorded his second album, Silvia, dedicated to his daughter who had died at a young age. It was released on his own label, Bambule. He continued to perform and tour in Spain and in Latin America, and performed for American Marines heading for Vietnam on an aircraft carrier moored at Valencia.
Over several decades, Bort's debut album acquired a cult reputation, and copies changed hands for high prices. In 2019, the Teatro Principal de València hosted a tribute concert in his honor..
Bort died in Valencia in 2020, aged 72, from lung cancer.
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