Adela Fernández Jiménez, "Adela La Chaqueta"
Adela Fernández Jiménez, also well know as the flamenco singer "Adela La Chaqueta", but she liked to be called "La Gitana" (the gipsy). Born in Cadiz in 1918 and died in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) in 1995.
Descendant of a huge flamenco family of "chalecos" and "pantalones", daughter of "El Mono", sister (because of her father) of Tomás "El Chaqueta", José "El Chaleco", Antonio "El Chaqueta", Imperio de Granada and Salvador "El Pantalon", cousin of Juan Doblones and Canono, aunt of "El Chaqueton" and "El Flecha". Also related to the "Tio Juan" from Jerez, father of Nano de Jerez.
On October 12. in 1933, with 15 years old, she arrived in Madrid, meking her debut in "Las Calles de Cadiz" show, presented by La Argentinita.
Almost during all her career she performed in different tablaos accompanied by famous artists as Manolo Caracol, Pepe Marchena, Manuel Vallejo, Tomás and Pastora Pavón.
She lived many years in Madrid, working in "Los Canasteros", "La Venta del Gato" and "La Zambra".
She had a voice with a young and nice tone, she was an expert in the festive singings and the singings called "ida y vuleta".
There are not many recordings but she is one of the fundamental singers of her time.
In 1986 and 1987, she starded showing "El Sur y la Petenera" leaded by Manuel Vargas.
In 1986 she also performed in New York together with Fernanda de Utrera, El Chocolate, Juan Habichuela and El Farruco, in the show "Flamenco Puro".
Before her death in 1995, she performed in Cadiz, during the Alegrias competition.