Juanito Valderrama

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Juanito Valderrama
Juan el de la Vara con Juanito Valderrama y Marchena.jpg
Valderrama, Juan el de la Vara and Pepe Marchena
Juan Valderrama Blanca

(1916-05-24)24 May 1916
Died12 April 2004(2004-04-12) (aged 87)
Spouse(s)Dolores Abril (1981–2004)

Juan Valderrama Blanca (24 May 1916 – 12 April 2004), better known as Juanito Valderrama, was a Spanish flamenco and folk singer. Although he was known for singing copla, he always claimed to be a flamenco singer.

Born in Torredelcampo, Juanito's recording career began in 1935 and lasted more than 60 years. Among his most famous songs is "El emigrante", written in 1949, a ballad for the millions of displaced Spaniards who fled the country in the years after the Spanish Civil War. In 1960 he appeared in the film of the same name.

He was romantically and professionally partnered with singer and actress Dolores Abril from 1954 until his death in 2004.[1] The couple had two children, Juan Antonio Valderrama [es] and Juana Dolores Valderrama, who both became singers.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1956 El rey de la carretera Rafael
1960 El emigrante Quino
1966 Gitana Manuel
1966 De barro y oro Juan
1967 La niña del patio Juanito Valderrama
1968 El padre Coplillas Don Fernando, el 'Padre Coplillas' (final film role)


  1. ^ Machio, Salome (13 April 2004). "La muerte de Juanito Valderrama enmudece al mundo de la copla" [The Death of Juanito Valderrama Mutes the World of Copla]. El Periódico Extremadura (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  2. ^ Martorell, Núria (3 May 2008). "La hija de Juanito Valderrama y Dolores Abril debuta en la copla" [The Daughter of Juanito Valderrama and Dolores Abril Debuts in Copla]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). Barcelona. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2018.

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