Julio Iglesias – Guantanamera
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Julio Iglesias (Spanish pronunciation: born Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva; September 23, 1943) is a Grammy Award-winning Spanish singer and songwriter who has sold 120–300 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released more than 80 albums, and more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified, making him one of the best selling artists of all time.
In 1968 he won the Benidorm International Song Festival, a songwriter’s event in Spain, with the song “La vida sigue igual” (meaning “Life Goes On The Same”) which was used in the film La vida sigue igual, about his own life.
After this event he signed a deal with Discos Columbia, the Spanish branch of the Columbia Records company and released his first studio album titled “Yo Canto” (I Sing). The album spent 15 weeks in the Spanish charts, and peaked at #3.
He represented Spain in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in fourth place, behind Ireland’s winning entry performed by Dana. His entry was the song “Gwendolyne.” Shortly after he had a number one hit in many European countries with “Un Canto A Galicia”, sung in Galician, in honour of his father, who hailed from Galicia.
That single sold 1 million copies in Germany. In 1975 he found success in the Italian market by recording a song exclusively in Italian called “Se mi lasci non vale” (“If You Leave Me, It Can’t Be”). Notable albums from this decade are A Flor de Piel (1974, with the European hit “Manuela”), “El Amor” (1975), and “Soy” (1973). He also sang in French. One of his popular songs is “Je n’ai pas changé”.
In 1979 he moved to Miami, Florida, in the United States, signed a deal with CBS International, and started singing in different languages such as English, French, Portuguese, German and other languages to his music.
Iglesias released the album, De Niña a Mujer (1981), dedicated to his daughter (who shared the cover photo with him), from it came the first English-language hit, a Spanish cover of “Begin the Beguine” which became number 1 in the United Kingdom; he also released a collection, Julio (1983).
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