In 1952, a superhero motion picture serial was made entitled "The Man in the Silver Mask", which was supposed to star Santo, but he declined to appear in it, because he thought it would fail commercially. The film was made instead with well-known luchador El Medico Asesino in the lead role, wearing a white mask similar to Santo's silver one. A villain named "The Silver-Masked Man" was introduced into the plot at the last minute, thus the title of the film strangely became a reference to the villain, not the hero.
Manitas de Plata, born Ricardo Baliardo, August 7, 1921, is a French Gitano flamenco guitarist. He had recorded his first official album in the chapel of Arles in France, in 1963, for the Phillips label. This was a popular LP that brought him to the attention of an American audience. An American manager obtained a booking for him to play a concert in Carnegie Hall in New York in December 1965. Manitas de Plata is the father of Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo and also uncle to Nicolas and Andre Reyes, all members of the Gipsy Kings.
Compilation album released in Spain, remastered reissue from the original launched in 1958 dedicated to French-born flamenco guitarist -although Catalan gypsy- Ricard Baliardo (Sète, 1921), aka "Manitas de Plata '. He started to become famous playing annually in the region of the Camargue (France), where he soon was recognized among his people as a man of 'silver hands'. Only agreed to play in public 10 years after the death of the famous guitarist, also gypsy, Django Reinhardt. His popularity soared after his performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, which later catapulted him to travel the world with his guitar and his people. Manitas de Plata, a man who is illiterate, did not need to learn anything but to move his hands on the guitar. 'Manitas' probably has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He plays his music as he breathes, as living, naturally and simplicity, but with virtuosity. The universal language of music, threshed with his fingers, has allowed him to cross all borders and let admired -as happened to Picasso to hear- over the world.
He was born in a Manouche Gypsy Gitano caravan in Sète in southern France. He became famous by playing each year at the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Gypsy pilgrimage in Camargue, where he was recorded live by Deben Bhattacharya. Manitas de Plata only agreed to play in public ten years after the death of Django Reinhardt, unanimously considered the king of gypsy guitarists. One of his recordings earned him a letter by Jean Cocteau acclaiming him as a creator.