Joselito (singer)

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Joselito
Birth nameJosé Jiménez Fernández
Born (1943-02-11) 11 February 1943 (age 75)
Beas de Segura (Jaén), Spain
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1950-1972, 2009-2011

José Jiménez Fernández (born 11 February 1943), commonly known as Joselito, was a child singer and film star in Spain during the 1950s and 1960s.

Career[edit]

Joselito was born in Beas de Segura (Jaén), northeast Andalucia in Spain. Joselito made his film debut at the age of 13 and began making other films, including The Little Nightingale, The Song of the Nightingale, The Nightingale in the Mountains, Listen To My Song, The Little Colonel, Aventuras de Joselito en América, The Two Little Rascals, Lovely Memory, and The White Horse with Antonio Aguilar. Besides acting, Joselito was a popular child singer with a very distinguished voice having sung such songs as "La Campanera", "Dónde estará mi vida", "Gorrioncillo pecho amarillo", "En un pueblito español", "Clavelitos", "Doce Cascabeles", "Las Golondrinas", "El Pastor", "Granada" and "Ave María". He toured several countries in his youth.

He was out of the public eye until adulthood, when he became a media entrepreneur. In 1990, he was arrested by Angolan authorities on charges of gun and drug trafficking. Subsequently, he was deported to Spain, where he was jailed. In 2002 La Jaula del Ruiseñor was released, an authorized biography of Joselito's life.[1] There he wrote that jail was the best thing that had ever happened to him and that it had helped him to overcome his drug addiction as well as to give him a different outlook on life.[2][3]

Upon his release, he has participated in the Spanish version of the Survivor television series, and collaborated on the movie Spanish Movie, and he is currently living in Utiel (Valencia).

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

(Selective)

  • "El ruiseñor"
  • "La Campanera"
  • "Dónde estará mi vida"
  • "Gorrioncillo pecho amarillo"
  • "En un pueblito español"
  • "Clavelitos"
  • "Doce Cascabeles"
  • "Las Golondrinas"
  • "El Pastor"
  • "Granada"
  • "Ave María"

Filmography[edit]

(Selective)

Year Title Original Title Role Notes
1958 The Nightingale in the Mountains El ruiseñor de las cumbres Joselito
1959 Listen to My Song Escucha mi canción Joselito
1959 The Song of the Nightingale Saeta del ruiseñor Joselito
1960 The Little Colonel El pequeño coronel Joselito Alvear
1961 The Two Little Rascals Los dos golfillos
1961 Lovely Memory Bello recuerdo Joselito
1962 The White Horse El caballo blanco
1963 Tomy's Secret El secreto de Tomy Tomy
1965 Pedrito de Andía's New Life La vida nueva de Pedrito de Andía Pedrito de Andía

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manzano, M. (2002). La Jaula Del Ruiseñor: La Biografía Autorizada de Joselito. Ediciones Martínez Roca. ISBN 9788427029101. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  2. ^ "La juez dicta prisión incondicional para el excantante Joselito | Edición impresa | EL PAÍS". elpais.com. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  3. ^ Joselito: "La cárcel es lo mejor que me ha pasado"[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Joselito Jiménez on IMDb