Amaya Sáizar, main vocalist of the group Bravo, has announced on social media that her group partner Esteban Santos passed away on 1st November. Bravo represented Spain in Eurovision 1984, achieving third place.
“Nobody is prepared for the departure of a friend. I’m sorry to give the sad news that my friend and colleague from the Bravo group, Esteban Santos, has passed away. Thank you for your friendship, thank you for your voice, thank you for your laughter and your good humor. Thank you for being part of our lives. We will never forget you. I will never forget you. Rest in peace”, Amaya posted on her Facebook account. The causes of Esteban’s death have not been made public.
Esteban Santos was 69 years old when he passed away. He was born in Tolosa (Guipúzcoa) in 1951 and was a business science student, although he was a good guitarist and percussionist. He and his friend Luis Villar, a medical student who played the piano, had made music together on several occasions. That is why, in 1982, they created “Bravo” together with Amaya Sáizar and Yolanda Hoyos.
The quartet became known two years later when they were designated internally by RTVE as Spanish representatives in Eurovision 1984. They sang the song “Lady, Lady”, achieving third place in the contest. As a curiosity: The group was accompanied on the Eurovision stage by a fifth person. Amaya commented in an interview in 2012 that they didn’t know who that man was, that he was an extra that Luxembourg television put on stage.
The song “Lady, Lady” was a success, reaching number 1 in European countries such as Germany. Their international tour after Eurovision was tremendously profitable and included several Latin American countries, where they would become highly regarded.
From the Eurovoxx team we send our condolences to the artist’s family and friends.