Júnior (Filipino singer)
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|Born||Antonio Morales Barretto
September 10, 1943
|Died||April 15, 2014
|Years active||1958 - 2014|
(1970 - 2006); her death
|Parents||Antonio Majó Morales Sr. (father)
Carmen Valdés Barretto (mother)
Júnior (born Antonio Barretto Morales Jr.; September 10, 1943 – April 15, 2014) was a Filipino singer and actor.
He was born in Manila, Philippines, the oldest of 5 sons, during World War II, when the Philippines was occupied by Japan. He was 15 years old when his family emigrated to Barcelona, then settled in Madrid.
In 1958, he became part of the group Jump, a pioneering Spanish electric guitar group. In the group's popularity, he was included in the movie Me Enveneno De Azules in 1969. His unstaked first themes Todo Porque Te Quiero (It's All Because I Love You) in 1969 and Perdóname with English theme The Snake in 1973.
He became part of the group Los Brincos with Juan Pardo. His brothers Miguel and Ricky Morales were invited to join the group. Later, he and Juan Pardo left their group as Juan y Júnior. One of their songs is a Spanish version of "Fool On The Hill" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney from LP titled Júnior in 1976.
In 1979, he interrupted his career to manage the career of his wife, the late singer Rocío Dúrcal with whom he had 3 children, including singer Shaila Dúrcal who is dedicated not only to her mother but also to her mother's namesake Rocío Jurado and Colombian diva Soraya who have been cancer victims.
His daughter is actress Carmen Morales.
In the 1980s, he starred in the Filipino movies Good Morning Sunshine with Vilma Santos, Bongga ka Day, and Disco Madhouse, and released three albums in Tagalog for the Philippines. One of his most popular songs that he wrote and produced was "Yakap". That song, which he sang in his movie with Vilma, became his signature song in the Philippines.
In 2006, his wife Rocío Dúrcal died of cancer. Her children became involved in controversial court battles over her inheritance. The family eventually reconciled after Carmen's wedding.
On April 15, 2014, Junior was found dead on his bed in Torrelodones, Spain. His daughter, Carmen, first arrived at the scene after he did not answer any of her repeated phone calls, and eventually asked his gardener to open his locked bedroom.
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