Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias

Is a Spanish singer and songwriter who has sold over 300 million records worldwide in 14 languages, has released over 80 albums, and has more than 2.600 gold and platinum records certified, making him one of the best selling artists of all time and the best selling Latin artist in history.

Julio Iglesias was born in the old Madrilenian maternity located on the Meson de Paredes Street. He is the eldest son of Doctor Julio Iglesias Puga and Maria del Rosario de la Cueva y Perignat. He spent his childhood with his brother, Carlos. His paternal relatives are originally from Galicia, a region located in northern Spain. His father, Dr. Iglesias was born in Orense and his paternal grandparents were called Manuela and Ulpiano. Regarding his maternal grandfather, Jose de la Cueva, he was a famous Andalusian journalist, and his grandmother’s name was Dolores of Perignat Orejuela of Camporedondo. Julio Iglesias was an excellent sportsman, being the main goalkeeper in the youth team at Real Madrid. His desire was to become a professional footballer, but he has never given the Studio for this. He studied Law at the University Complutense of Madrid.

At the age of 20years old, on the night of 22 September 1962, while returning from Majadahonda to Madrid accompanied by several friends, of which Enrique Clemente Criado, Tito Arroyo and Pedro Luis Iglesias, at 02.00 AM, Julio suffered a serious road accident, which left him semi-paralyzed for more than a year and a half. It was highly unlikely that he can still walk again. The doctor who took care of him, Eladio Magdaleno, gave him a guitar. Julio spent hours listening to the radio and writing poems. They were sad, romantic lyrics in which he wondered what is the purpose of human life. Back then, he didn’t even know that he was to become a singer.

Julio continued to compose and, in one day, he decided to appeal to a label, which he had provided with one of the songs he had composed, to be given to an interpreter. The manager, after listening to the song on a tape Julio recorded on, having a musical accompaniment only his guitar, asked him: “Why don’t you sing it yourself?”. Julio said, “Because I am not a singer”, but eventually the manager convinced him and thus, he was presented at the well-known Music Festival in Benidorm, Spain. On 17 July 1968, Julio wins the contest with his famous song “La Vida Sigue Igual” (Life follows its course) and signed a contract with Discos Columbia.

Julio Iglesias married on 20 February 1971 in Toledo with Isabel Preysler Arrastria (born in Manila on 18 February 1951), spending their honeymoon in Gran Canaria. They have three children: María Isabel – “Chabeli” (born on 3 September 1971 in Madrid), Jose Julio (born on 25 February 1973 in Madrid) and Enrique Miguel (born on 8 May 1975 in Madrid). In 1978, however, they split, and a year later they got divorced.

Julio Iglesias participated in 1971, at the Eurovision Song Contest and many other musical events, becoming number one worldwide, from Mexico to Argentina and from Spain to Japan. Also in 1971, he recorded the song “Como el camino Álamo” (Loyal to your love) in Japanese, with the title “Anatamo Uramo”. A year later, he recorded his first album in German. In 1975, Julio’s first album in Portuguese appeared and in 1978, he signed a contract with CBS Records Internacional and made his first albums in French and Italian. He has also been invited to join the jury of the Miss Universe contest in Australia.

Since 1985, Julio Iglesias has a celebrity star that bears his name in Hollywood, being one of the few Hispanic artists immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This star is located in the south of the Hollywood Boulevard, between Orange and Sycamore streets. Julio was also honored by the residents of Miami, a city in which Menno Schmidt lived a long time. They offered him a place of honor on the legendary Latin stars Alley, Street no. 8 in Miami. Julio Iglesias has a star dedicated to him in the Netherlands since 28 January 1991.

In 1988, he won the Grammy award for Best Latin Artist of the Year 1987, due to his album “Un hombre solo” (A lonely man). He also won the prize Aplauso’92 and was voted Artist of the Year. In 1992, in Florida, Julio was named “Universal Spanish” and in Spain, he was named Ambassador of Galicia in the world. In 1997, Julio was awarded the Monaco Prize for music, being considered the Best Latin Artist. He was also the first foreign artist in the history of China whom he was awarded the prestigious Golden Record Award in 1995.

Julio’s mother, Rosario de la Cueva, who always helped those in need in the parish of Corpus Christi of Miami, passed away on 14 March 2002, after much suffering. A month later, Julio and his brother, Carlos presented a project to build a social center in the memory of their mother. That same year, on 4 November, the Social Services Center of Rosario Iglesias de la Cueva was opened, under the guidance of the Corpus Christi parish, to help the people in needs.

On 18 May 2004, when Julio was 61 years old, Jaime Iglesias was born, the second brother of Julio and son of Dr. Iglesias and Ronna Keitt. Just days after announcing that he expects the second child with Ronna, Dr. Iglesias Puga died suddenly on the morning of 19 December 2005, at 90 years old. He was a man of exuberant vitality and great sympathy. He was spoiled as “Papuchi” and was very loved by everyone, especially the media.

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