Rocío Dúrcal

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Rocío Dúrcal
Rocio Durcal 2004.jpg
Background information
Birth name María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz
Also known as La española más mexicana
La reina de las rancheras
Marieta
Born 4 October 1944
Madrid, Spain
Died 25 March 2006(2006-03-25) (aged 61)
Madrid, Spain
Occupations Singer, actress
Years active 1959–2006
Associated acts Juan Gabriel
Enrique Guzmán
Antonio Morales
Palito Ortega
Raphael
Marco Antonio Solís
Joan Sebastián
Cecilia
Shaila Dúrcal
Raphael
Kany García
Joaquín Sabina
Website www.rociodurcal.net

Rocío Dúrcal (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈθi.o ˈðurkal]; 4 October 1944 – 25 March 2006), born as María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz, was a Spanish singer and actress. Regarded as the "Queen of Ranchera", she is one of the best-selling Spanish solo artist to date with more than 100 million records sold.

Rocío Dúrcal died in 2006 from uterine cancer.[1] A year before her death (2005) she received a Latin Grammy Award for musical excellence, a prize that is awarded by the Governing Board of the Recording Latin Academy to artists who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance during their careers.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

She began her artistic career by participating in various radio song festivals and competitions, secretly supported by her paternal grandfather, who always believed in her talent and became her first fan. When she was 15 years old (1959) and with the approval of her parents, she participated in the television program "Primer Aplauso" broadcast by Televisión Española. The theme that she chose for the contest was the traditional song "La sombra vendo". Luis Sanz, a Madrid manager who watched the show, was impressed by her talent and personality. Sanz contacted the program for the name and the address of the young contestant.[citation needed]

Acting[edit]

Her first film was Canción de Juventud (1961) directed by Luis Lucia. The plot of the film portrayed a teenager with her own personality. The movie scored huge box office and critics success. This success was repeated in other Spanish-speaking countries where the movie was shown. Immediately Dúrcal becomes the star of Rocío de La Mancha, a film that also got the public favor. Following this, the young performer got her first record deal with transnational Phonogram (now Universal Music). The songs the artist played in both films served to make her first album, "Las películas de Rocío Dúrcal" (1962). This first album was the start of her successful recording career. She traveled to Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States where she appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In her third film, Tengo 17 años (1964), Dúrcal put aside her role of "child star". This year she appeared in her first theater play, Un domingo en Nueva York, in which she was revealed as a great theatrical actress. In 1965 she filmed Más bonita que ninguna; the band Los Brincos wrote some songs for the movie.

In 1966, according to her maturity, Dúrcal shares the spotlight with the then young Mexican actor and singer Enrique Guzmán in the film Acompáñame. By that time it had become the custom to release an album for each movie of hers, and by then she began to perform duets with various singers like Jaime Morey and Amalia de Isaura. Then she co-starred in the film Amor en el Aire (1967) with the then young Argentine singer-songwriter Palito Ortega.[citation needed]

In 1968 she filmed Cristina Guzmán, the first of her films that was aimed at an audience over 18. This film broke the carefree and lightened-up image of her initial tapes.

Singing[edit]

In 1970 Dúrcal married Filipino-born musician Antonio Morales (Júnior), who would manage her singing career. In 1972, Antonio Morales began a series of television shows in Spain and Latin America singing with his wife as a duet. Their first child, Spanish actress Carmen Morales de las Heras, was born in December 1970. After the birth of their second child, Antonio Morales de las Heras, in April 1974, Morales decides to give up his career to devote to their children. Dúrcal meanwhile continued her film and singing career. In 1979 she had her third child, Shaila Morales de las Heras, who has taken singing career under the stage name of Shaila Dúrcal and is also a successful singer.

In 1977, Dúrcal signs a contract with Ariola Eurodisc (and with singer-songwriter Camilo Sesto supporting her in her projects) definitely dedicating herself to the musical career. That year, while in Mexico, she meets the Mexican singer-songwriter Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known as Juan Gabriel, who decides to record a whole album of rancheras performed by Rocío Dúrcal entitled "Rocío Dúrcal canta a Juan Gabriel". Without further advertising, the LP gets high levels of sales, so Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel consider the possibility of a new recording to do together. They ended up doing 5 LPs, marking the revival of Rocío Dúrcal as a singer. The final collaboration between Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel emerged in 10 albums. The album of Dúrcal named "Canta A Juan Gabriel Volumen 6" (1984) is among the top ten best-selling albums in the history of Mexico. For this album Rocío Dúrcal gets her first Grammy Award nomination.

Statue of Rocio Dúrcal in the Spanish village of Dúrcal

The collaboration of Dúrcal with Juan Gabriel was interrupted by disagreements between the artists and because of problems of Juan Gabriel with his record label, so Dúrcal continues to record albums with other songwriters such as Marco Antonio Solís and Rafael Pérez Botija (with whom under his leadership in 1981 she recorded the album of ballads Confidencias), which makes her worthy of artistic recognition. In 1988 she records the album Como Tu Mujer with producer Marco Antonio Solis.

In 1990, she recorded her first album on CD format entitled "Si Te Pudiera Mentir". In 1991, Durcal offers a concert at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, the concert is recorded in a double disc El Concierto... En Vivo. Between 1992 and 1993 she records the album Desaires, album produced by the Mexican singer and songwriter Joan Sebastián. In this album she reprises ranchera. With this album, released simultaneously in Mexico, the USA, Colombia, Venezuela and Spain, she made a promotional world tour.[citation needed]

In 1995 she launches her production Hay Amores Y Amores, with songs written and produced by the Argentine Roberto Livi. For this album she is nominated again to the Grammy Awards in the category "Best Latin Pop Album". In 1997 the double album Juntos Otra Vez brings Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel together again for the last time. That album was made by an engagement with the record company and not by the desire of both artists to continue to cooperate.

In 1998, under the direction of her discoverer Luis Sanz, she starred in the Spanish TV Show "Los negocios de mamá" broadcast by Televisión Española. In 2000, she celebrated 40 years in the industry. In that year she returns to ranchera music with the album "Caricias", under the production of songwriter and producer Bebu Silvetti. In 2001 Rocío Dúrcal records Entre Tangos Y Mariachi record again produced by Bebu Silvetti, an album that includes 10 of the most famous Argentine tango arrangements interpreted with ranchero/bolero style like previous album. In the summer of 2001 Dúrcal made a successful tour in Spain, after 13 years of no shows in Spain. In October 2001 Dúrcal recorded "Dama, Dama" for the album "Mujer", an album released by BMG Music Spain as part of a campaign to raise funds for an organization against breast cancer.[citation needed]

After a year and a half absence, she returned to the stage on 19 September 2002 with a concert at the National Auditorium in Mexico, which was recorded in a double album that was released on CD and then on DVD on 22 October 2002, "En Concierto... Inolvidable". The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award. In 2003, the artist gets another Latin Grammy Award nomination for her album Caramelito, produced by Kike Santander. In May 2004 she returns to Spain to record what would be her last album Alma Ranchera, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, but did not win.[citation needed]

Illness and death[edit]

In 2001, after recording her album "Entre Tangos y Mariachi" Dúrcal was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Dúrcal canceled her tours while subjected to medical treatments, only for coming back to her tours in 2002. In 2003, from Spain, she collaborates with the Mexican singer Julio Preciado to do duet for the song "Si nos dejan" included in his album "Que me siga la tambora".[citation needed]

Rocío Dúrcal's crypt

Rocío Dúrcal died on 25 March 2006 at 61 years old from uterine cancer at her home in Madrid.[2] Spending her last days with her family; her body was taken to the morgue of Tres Cantos in Madrid, where fans and friends flocked to the singer. The day after her death, her body was cremated. Later some of her ashes were distributed between Spain and Mexico, where they rest in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.[citation needed]

Select discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Philips-Phonogram
  • 1962: Las Películas de Rocío Dúrcal
  • 1962: Canción de Juventud
  • 1963: Rocío de la Mancha
  • 1963: La Chica del Trébol
  • 1963: Rocío, Canta Flamenco (EP)
  • 1964: Tengo 17 Años
  • 1964: Villancicos de Rocío
  • 1964: Villancicos con Rocío Dúrcal
  • 1965: Más Bonita Que Ninguna
  • 1966: Acompáñame
  • 1966: Buenos Días, Condesita
  • 1967: Amor En El Aire
  • 1968: Cristina Guzmán
  • 1970: Las Leandras
  • 1972: La Novicia Soñadora (La Novicia Rebelde)
Ariola Eurodisc
BMG
Sony BMG
  • 2005: Me Gustas Mucho
  • 2006: Amor Eterno
  • 2007: Rocío Dúrcal Canta a México
  • 2009: El Concierto ... En Vivo
  • 2009: Duetos
  • 2010: Mis favoritas
  • 2012: Como dos gotas de agua
  • 2012: Canciones de amor
  • 2012: Eternamente

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Latin US Latin Pop
1986 "La Guirnalda"[3] 1 - Siempre
"Quédate Conmigo Esta Noche"[4] 4 -
1987 "Siempre"[5] 10 -
"Infidelidad"[6] 22 -
"Obligado" - -
1988 "Como Tu Mujer"[7] 1 - Como Tu Mujer
1989 "¿Qué Esperabas De Mí?"[8] 4 -
"El Amor Más Bonito"[9] 9 -
"Extrañándote"[10] 8 -
1990 "Ya Te Olvidé" 12 -
"Te Amo"[11] 5 - Si Te Pudiera Mentir
1991 "La Balanza"[12] 10 -
"Falso"[13] 33 -
1994 "Desaires"[14] 4 - Desaires
"Mi Credo"[15] 14 -
1995 "Vestida De Blanco"[16] 3 6 Hay Amores y Amores
"Como Han Pasado Los Años"[15] 17 4
"Qué De Mí"[17] - 7
1997 "El Destino"(with Juan Gabriel)[18] 1 6 Juntos Otra Vez
"La Incertidumbre"[19] 11 -
1999 "Para Toda La Vida"[20] 22 10 Para Toda la Vida
2000 "Porque Te Quiero"[21] 26 19 Caricias
2001 "Infiel"[22] 3 5
"Sombras...¡Nada Más!"[21] 16 9 Entre Tangos y Mariachis

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1961 Canción de Juventud Rocío Luis Lucia
1962 Rocío de La Mancha Rocío Luis Lucia
1963 La chica del trébol Rocío Sergio Grieco
1964 Tengo 17 años Rocío José María Forqué
1965 Más bonita que ninguna Luisa / Luisito Luis César Amadori
1966 Acompáñame Mercedes Luis César Amadori
1966 Buenos días, condesita María Luis César Amadori
1967 Amor en el Aire Clara Luis César Amadori
1968 Cristina Guzmán Cristina / Mara Luis César Amadori
1969 Las Leandras Patricia Eugenio Martín
1971 La novicia rebelde Gloria Luis Lucia
1972 Marianela Marianela Angelino Fons
1974 Díselo con flores Úrsula Pierre Grimblat
1977 Me siento extraña Laura Enrique Martí Maqueda

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Director TV Channel
1977 Mujeres insólitas
(La sierpe del Nilo)
Cleopatra Cayetano Luca de Tena Televisión Española
1997 Los negocios de mamá Ana Luis Sanz Televisión Española

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Author
1963 Un domingo en Nueva York Adolfo Marsillach
1974 Contacto peculiar Adolfo Marsillach
1977 La muchacha sin retorno Santiago Moncada

References[edit]

  1. ^ La última entrevista Univision (Univision Communications)
  2. ^ "Rocío Dúrcal biodata at". London, UK: NNDb.com. 28 March 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Overall Popularity Top (2013-06-22). "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  4. ^ Overall Popularity Top (2013-06-22). "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ Overall Popularity Top (22 June 2013). "Charts". Billboard. 
  8. ^ "Que Esperabas de Mi". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  9. ^ Overall Popularity Top (2013-06-22). "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  10. ^ Overall Popularity Top (2013-06-22). "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/latin-songs?chartDate=1991-01-19
  13. ^ [4][dead link]
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/song/rocio-durcal/desaires/802555
  15. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/#/song/rocio-durcal/mi-credo/802557
  16. ^ [5][dead link]
  17. ^ [6][dead link]
  18. ^ [7][dead link]
  19. ^ [8][dead link]
  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/song/rocio-durcal/para-toda-la-vida/1646313
  21. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/#/song/rocio-durcal/porque-te-quiero/2279294
  22. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/song/rocio-durcal/infiel/2279293

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