Tuesday, 11 April 2017

El Lute (Boney M)

The only song that I remember from my childhood days that caught my attention for its lyrics was El Lute (Boney M).  The two things that caught my attention then (and even now) were:
He taught himself to read and to write...
With a price on his head, people still gave him bread...

Eleuterio Sanchez Rodriquez, known as El Lute, was at one time listed as Spain's 'most wanted' criminal.  He was a legendary Spanish outlaw who escaped several times from prison after being convicted and sentenced at age 23 to 30 years for murder.  While in prison, he learned to read, earned a law degree, and became a writer, continuing to protest his innocence of the charges.  He was pardoned and released on June 20, 1981, at the age of 39.  

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