Augusto Algueró

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Augusto Algueró
Born Augusto Algueró Dasca
(1934-02-23)23 February 1934
Barcelona, Spain
Died 16 January 2011(2011-01-16) (aged 76)
Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain
Occupation Composer and music director
Spouse(s) Carmen Sevilla (1961-1974)
Natividad Benito (1986-2011)

Augusto Algueró Dasca (Barcelona, February 23, 1934 - Torremolinos, January 16, 2011) was a Spanish arranger, composer and music director.[1]

Algueró studied both music and medicine.[1] Among his most famous songs are "Penélope", which he wrote specially for Joan Manuel Serrat, as well as "Noelia" (Nino Bravo), "Tómbola" (Marisol) and "La chica yé-yé" (Concha Velasco).[2]

In 1961, Algueró wrote the debut entry of Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest, "Estando contigo" by Conchita Bautista.

He was the musical director for the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Madrid. He also conducted "Catherine", sung by Romuald Figuier, representing Luxembourg and "Vivo Cantando", sung by Salomé, representing Spain. "Vivo Cantando" tied for first place with other three songs with 18 points. This win marked Spain's second win in the contest and the first time a country wins two years in a row.

In all, during the course of his career, Algueró wrote more than 500 songs and about 200 musical scores for films and television.[3]

Algueró died at his home in Torremolinos, at the age of 76, after suffering a heart attack.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1950 Criminal Brigade
1952 Persecution in Madrid
1952 Forbidden Trade
1952 The Pelegrín System
1953 The Dance of the Heart
1954 One Bullet Is Enough
1955 Closed Exit
1955 Three are Three
1958 The Nightingale in the Mountains
1958 Red Cross Girls
1959 Listen To My Song
1960 An American in Toledo
1962 Tómbola
1965 Television Stories
1966 Road to Rocío
1974 Cabaret Woman


Preceded by
United Kingdom Norrie Paramor
Eurovision Song Contest conductor
Succeeded by
Netherlands Dolf van der Linden