Júnior (Filipino singer)

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Born Antonio Barretto Morales
(1943-09-10)10 September 1943
Manila, Philippines
Died 15 April 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
Parent(s) Antonio Majó Morales (father)
Carmen Valdés Barretto (mother)

Junior (born Antonio Barretto Morales; 10 September 1943 – 15 April 2014) was a Spanish Filipino singer and actor based in Spain.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Manila, Philippines, the eldest of five brothers, during World War II, when the Philippines was occupied by Japan. He was 15 years old when his family emigrated to Barcelona, Spain, then settled in Madrid.


In 1958,[1] he became part of the group Jump, a pioneering Spanish electric guitar group. During the group's popularity, he was included in the film Me Enveneno De Azules in 1969. His unstaked first themes were 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 Junior. One of their songs is a Spanish version of "Fool on the Hill" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney from the LP titled Junior 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 films Good Morning Sunshine with Vilma Santos, 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" (1979).[2] That song, which he sang in his movie with Santos, became his signature song in the Philippines.[3] Another of his hit songs there is "But If You Leave Me" (1977).

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 22 November 2007, his father, Antonio Morales Majó is a Spanish, died of anemia, aged 91.[5] His mother, Carmen Barretto Valdés is a Filipino, died in 2012, aged 97.[6]


On 15 April 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. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lycos". Pobladores.lycos.es. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "FunFare with Ricardo F. Lo". philstar.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Tinoco, Armando. "Rocío Dúrcal's Widower Found Dead At 70". 15 April 2014. Latin Times. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hemeroteca". Hemeroteca.abc.es. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "¡Qué mamá tan cool!" (in Spanish). Peopleenespanol.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Aparece muerto Antonio Morales Junior, viudo de Rocío Dúrcal" (in Spanish). Lavozlibre.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Júnior". WhoSampled. 1911-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 

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