Jose Jose was one of the most successful, popular and troubled artists in the entirety of Latin music. First breaking through with his song “El Triste” in 1970, Jose was soon dubbed “El Príncipe de la Canción” (“The Prince of Songs”) by Mexican media. Into the 80s, his music began to achieve popularity outside of Mexico, both in South America and in the burgeoning ex-pat community in the United States. He racked up multiple gold albums and Grammy nominations, and promptly spent all the money earned on cocaine, alcohol and a string of short-term wives. Despite his fame, he spent most of the final 30 years of his life in precarious financial straights, issues that weren’t helped by health problems and a bout of pancreatic cancer towards the end of his life.