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Julio Iglesias
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This article is about the singer Julio Iglesias. For his father, see Julio Iglesias, Sr.. For
his son, see Julio Iglesias, Jr.. For other uses, see Julio Iglesias (disambiguation).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the rst or paternal family name is
Iglesias and the second or maternal family name is De la Cueva.
Julio Iglesias (Spanish pronunciation: [xuljo
ilesjas] born Julio Jos Iglesias de la Cueva;
September 23, 1943) is a Grammy Awardwinning Spanish singer and songwriter who has
sold 120300 million records worldwide in 14
languages and released more than 80 albums,
and more than 2,600 gold and platinum records
certied, making him one of the best selling
artists of all time.[2][3][4][5]

Julio Iglesias


Early life
Entertainment career
Personal life
External links

Background information

Early life

Julio Jos Iglesias de la Cueva

September 23, 1943
Madrid, Spain

Genres Latin Latin pop dance-pop

adult contemporary
Iglesias was born Julio Jose Iglesias de la Cueva
on September 23, 1943 in Madrid. He is the son
of Julio Iglesias, Sr., a medical doctor from
Ourense who became one of the youngest
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gynecologists in the country, and Mara del
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Rosario de la Cueva y Perignat (1919-2002).
Iglesias' paternal ancestry comes from
Galicia, his paternal grandparents were
named Manuela Puga Noguerol and Ulpiano
Iglesias Sarria. His maternal grandparents were Jos de la Cueva y Orejuela
(1887-1955),[7] and Dolores de Perignat y Ruiz de Benavides,[8] who was a native of
Puerto Rico.[9] Iglesias is of Jewish ancestry from his maternal side, having mentioned
his mother's name "de la Cueva y Perignat" (literally "of the cave"), referring to Jewish
people in hiding, is a very common Jewish name.[10][11] He alternated playing
professional football with studying law at the CEU San Pablo University in Madrid. In

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the earliest years of his young adulthood, he was a goalkeeper for Real Madrid Castilla.
His professional football career ended when he had a serious car accident, due to which
Afterwards, he said of those years, "I had more
he was unable to walk for two years.
courage and attitude than talent." These were sorely tested when he was involved in
that car crash that smashed his lower spine; his legs were permanently weakened as a
direct result, and they still required therapy several years later. During his
hospitalization after the accident, a nurse gave him a guitar that he might have
something to do with his hands. In learning to play, he discovered his musical talent.
After his rehabilitation, Iglesias studied for three months at Bell Educational
Trust's Language School in Cambridge, UK. After that, he went back to obtain his law
degree at Complutense University of Madrid.[15]

Entertainment career
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 lm 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 rst studio album titled "Yo Canto" (I Sing). The album spent 15 weeks in the
Spanish charts, and peaked at #3. [14] He represented Spain in the 1970 Eurovision
Song Contest, nishing in fourth place,[16] behind Ireland's winning entry performed by
Dana.[17] 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
In 1979 he moved to Miami, Florida, in the United States, signed a deal with CBS
International, and started singing in dierent languages such as English, French,
Portuguese, German and other languages to his music. Iglesias released the album, De
Nia a Mujer (1981), dedicated to his daughter (who shared the cover photo with him),
from it came the rst 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). In 1984, he released 1100 Bel Air Place, the hit album which established him as
a star in the English-speaking entertainment industry. It sold over three million albums
The rst single "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", a
in the United States alone.
duet with Willie Nelson, hit #1 on the Country charts and went Top Five in the Billboard
Hot 100.[18] It also featured "All of You", with Diana Ross, a Top Twenty Pop hit, that
climbed to #2 on the Adult Contemporary Chart with the help of a popular video. [19]
Iglesias made a cameo appearance as himself, on The Golden Girls as Sophia Petrillo's
date on St. Valentine's Day 1989. In 1984 he recorded the previously mentioned duets
with Diana Ross and Willie Nelson. Iglesias won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop
Album in the 1988 Grammy Awards for the album Un Hombre Solo (A Man Alone). He

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recorded a duet with Stevie Wonder on "My Love", in his Non Stop album, a crossover
success in 1988. In the 1990s Iglesias returned to his original Spanish melody in Tango
(1996), nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards, losing to the
Romances album by Mexican singer, Luis Miguel.[20]
In 2003 he released his album Divorcio (Divorce). In its rst day of sales Divorcio sold a
record 350,000 albums in Spain, and reached the number 1 spot on the charts in Spain,
Portugal, France, Italy, and Russia. In 2003 and 2004, aided by the success of his
Divorcio album, Iglesias went on a ten-month world tour which took him from Europe to
Asia and then on to North America, South America and Africa. More than half the shows
on that tour sold out within days of going on sale. In December 2004, his Dutch
girlfriend Miranda Rijnsburger and Iglesias himself recorded a duet of the Christmas
song "Silent Night". The song, which was not ocially released, also included a voice
message from Iglesias, Rijnsburger and their 4 young children of that time. The song
was released online through the singer's ocial website and a CD was included on their
Christmas card as a holiday gift from the Iglesias family to their friends and fans around
the world.
In 2008 Iglesias recorded another song as a gift to his fans. The family recorded "The
Little Drummer Boy" in Spanish and English and included it in the family's Christmas
card. Iglesias also made investments in the Dominican Republic's eastern town of Punta
Cana, a major tourist destination, where he spends most of the year. In fact, he has
been a Dominican citizen since 2005.[21]
In September 2006 a new English album titled Romantic Classics was released. "I've
chosen songs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that I believe will come to be regarded
as the new standards", Iglesias stated in the album's sleeve notes. The album features
the hits "I Want to Know What Love Is", "Careless Whisper", and "Right Here Waiting".
Romantic Classics was Iglesias's highest debut on the Billboard charts, entering at
number 31 in the United States, 21 in Canada, 10 in Australia, and top spots across
Europe and Asia. He returned to the studio to record songs in Filipino and Indonesian
for his Asian releases of Romantic Classics which helped propel record sales in the
Asian entertainment industry. Iglesias promoted Romantic Classics in 2006; it was seen
all over the world on television shows. In the United States (for example) he appeared
on Dancing With The Stars (where he sang his hit "I Want To Know What Love Is"),
Good Morning America, The View, Fox and Friends, and Martha Stewart.
In 2008 Iglesias made a music video with Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek
dictator Islam Karimov.[22]
In March 2011 the artist launched a new studio album called Numero 1.
Iglesias' performance of the song La Mer ("The Sea") is featured in the soundtrack of
the 2011 lm Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (lm). The performance comes from a live
album, currently out-of-print, recorded live at the Olympia theater in Paris in 1976. At
the beginning and the end of the recording, Iglesias introduces the song, and his
backing musicians, in uent French.
In October 2012 Iglesias performed a concert in Equatorial Guinea, where tickets were
reportedly $1,000 each.[22]
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On April 1, 2013, in Beijing, he received two historic awards: First & Most Popular
International Artist of All Time in China, an award given by Sony Music China and
which was presented to Julio by the world-renowned Chinese artist Lang Lang, and the
Guinness World Records for the Best-selling Male Latin Artist. [23] On April 23, 2013, he
was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, alongside Armando Manzanero
and Jos Feliciano.
In 2015, he will perform a concert (complete show) for the rst time with his son Julio
Iglesias, Jr. in a tour in Romania, on 22 May at Sala Polivalent in Cluj-Napoca and 2
July at Sala Palatului in the capital Bucharest.

Personal life
On 29 January 1971 Iglesias married Mara Isabel Preysler Arrasta (born 18 February
1951 in Manila), better known as Isabel Preysler, a Filipina journalist and television
host. Preysler is a Filipino of Spanish ancestry and member of the wealthy and
aristocratic Perez de Tagle family, a Filipino cadet branch of the Spanish dynasty that
has held the Marquisate of Altamira since the 1600s. Together, they had three children:
Chabeli Iglesias (born 3 September 1971), a Spanish socialite; Julio Iglesias, Jr. (born 25
February 1973), a Spanish singer; and Enrique Iglesias (born 8 May 1975), an
internationally well-known Spanish singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. In the
1970s Iglesias and his family were extensively depicted on the front pages of
international newspapers and magazines. The marriage of Iglesias and Preysler ended
in divorce in 1979.
When not on tour he spends the rest of his time at his Miami residence. He bought the
home in 1978 for $650,000. The south Florida mansion on the exclusive, private, Indian
Creek Island property was placed on the market in 2006 for a quoted $28 million,
making it one of "Ten Most Expensive Homes in the South" in 2006 according to Forbes
After his divorce, Iglesias lived together with the 23 years younger Dutch model
Miranda Rijnsburger, whom he married on 26 August 2010 in a small church in
Marbella, Spain. They had ve children: Miguel Alejandro (born 7 September 1997),
Rodrigo (born 3 April 1999), the twins Cristina and Victoria (both born 1 May 2001),
and Guillermo (born 5 May 2007). They live in the Dominican Republic, where Iglesias
owns several hotel complexes. Among his possessions is also the Punta Cana
International Airport, which he owns along with other investors (fashion designer Oscar
de la Renta was also an investor).[12][28]
On 19 December 2005, his father Julio Iglesias Sr. died from a heart attack at the age of
90. A week before his death it became known that the 42-year-old wife of Julio Iglesias
Sr., Ronna Keith, was pregnant with their second child. Their rst child, Jaime, was
born on 18 May 2004. The second child, a daughter, Ruth, was born on 26 July 2006.
In 2008, after his house in Indian Creek did not sell at his asking price, he razed it to
the ground and said he planned to build another on that lot.[29] In 2012 he purchased
the property next door for $15 million and announced he planned to build a new home

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on the combined properties.[30][31]

Main article: Julio Iglesias discography
Albums certicated Platinum or Diamond

El Amor
A mis 33 aos
Aimer La Vie
vous les femmes
De nia a mujer
14 Suosituinta Svelm
Et l'amour crea la femme
En Concierto


1100 Bel Air Place
Starry Night
La Carretera
Mi Vida: Grandes xitos
Noche De Cuatro Lunas
L'Homme que je suis
Romantic Classics
Quelque chose de France

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