Singer Manolo Escobar died Thursday at his home in Benidorm, the city in southeastern Spain where he had been hospitalized recently for treatment of cancer, sources close to his family told Efe. He was 82.

The singer, who had been battling the disease for several years, entered a clinic in early October due to kidney and other problems.

He was released a few days ago and had been recuperating at home.

Escobar's family said in the past few days that he was doing well and had recovered from his recent health problems.

Escobar, known for songs like "Mi carro" and "Viva España," turned 82 on Oct. 18.

The singer planned to resume performing "next year," his nephew and agent, Gabriel Garcia, said recently.

Escobar, born Manuel Garcia Escobar in Las Norias de Daza, El Ejido, Almeria, moved at the age of 14 with his brothers, guitar players who accompanied him on stage at the start of his career, to the northeastern region of Catalonia and lived in Barcelona and Badalona until 1963.

The singer, who had more than 80 albums under his belt, was one of the best known performers of Spanish folk songs and music both inside and outside Spain, thanks to such hits as "Mi carro," "Porompompero," "La minifalda" and "Viva España."

Escobar joked that he was not sure which songs from his catalog he liked most, but he knew he disliked the songs he sang every day.

"I'm up to here from singing them 5,000 times," the singer said, referring to "Porompompero," "Mi carro," "La minifalda," "Viva España" and "Madrecita Maria del Carmen."

Escobar said he once decided at a concert in Benalmadena, Malaga, not to sing his standards, prompting fans to complain so vehemently that he never conducted "experiments" again and stuck to "the same thing." EFE