Latin star José José (born José Romulo Sosa Ortíz) started participating in festivals and contests around Mexico City at a young age, teaming up with Paco Ortíz and Alfredo Benítez after taking guitar lessons. "El Mundo" and "Mi Vida" were the songs featured on his first single, released in 1965. Around the same time, José José joined los Peg, playing double bass. "Nave del Olvido" became his first hit in 1969, and he won the OTI festival a year later with a song called "El Triste." He then climbed the most important Latin charts with "De Pueblo en Pueblo," 1973's "Hasta Que Vuelvas," 1974's "Déjame Conocerte," 1975's "Sentimientos," 1976's "Paloma," and the 1977 smash "Gavilan o Paloma,."