Júnior (Filipino singer)

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For the British singer, see Junior Giscombe.
Born Antonio Morales Barretto
(1943-09-10)September 10, 1943
Manila, Philippines
Died April 15, 2014(2014-04-15) (aged 70)
Torrelodones, Spain
Occupation Singer, actor
Years active 1958 - 2014
Spouse(s) Rocío Dúrcal
(1970 - 2006); her death
Children Carmen Morales
Antonio Morales
Shaila Dúrcal
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.

Early life[edit]

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,[1] 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.

Movie career[edit]

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".[2] That song, which he sang in his movie with Vilma, became his signature song in the Philippines.[3]

Later life[edit]

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.[4]

On November 22, 2007, Junior's father, Antonio Morales Majó died of anemia at the age of 91.[5] His mother, Carmen Barretto Valdés died in 2012 at the age of 97.[6]

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.[7]




  1. ^ ""Junior", una carrera musical marcada por su amor a Rocío Durcal". ABC.es. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Lycos". Pobladores.lycos.es. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  3. ^ "FunFare with Ricardo F. Lo". philstar.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  4. ^ Tinoco, Armando. "Antonio Morales 'Junior' Dies: Rocío Dúrcal Widower Found Dead At 70". 15 April 2014. Latin Times. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "ABC (Madrid) - 23/11/2007, p. 71 - ABC.es Hemeroteca". Hemeroteca.abc.es. 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  6. ^ "¡Qué mamá tan cool! | Slide 6" (in Spanish). Peopleenespanol.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Aparece muerto Antonio Morales Junior, viudo de Rocío Dúrcal" (in Spanish). Lavozlibre.com. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 

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