Rocío Dúrcal

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Rocío Dúrcal
Rocio Durcal 2004.jpg
Dúrcal in 2004
Background information
Birth name María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz
Born (1944-10-04)4 October 1944
Madrid, Spain
Died 25 March 2006(2006-03-25) (aged 61)
Torrelodones, Autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1959–2006
Associated acts Juan Gabriel
Enrique Guzmán
Lola Beltrán
Vicente Fernández
Antonio Morales
Palito Ortega
Marco Antonio Solís
Joan Sebastián
Lucha Villa
Amalia Mendoza
Daniela Romo
Shaila Dúrcal
Camilo Sesto
Kany García
Joaquín Sabina

María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz (4 October 1944  – 25 March 2006) better known by her stage name, Rocío Dúrcal (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈθi.o ˈðurkal]) was a Spanish singer and actress.

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.[2]


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. In 1959, 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]


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 became the star of Rocío de La Mancha. Following this, she 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.[citation needed]

In her third film, Tengo 17 años (1964), Dúrcal put aside her role of "child star". That same 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, she shared the spotlight with Enrique Guzmán in the film Acompáñame. She began to perform duets with such singers as 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. In 1968 she filmed Cristina Guzmán, the first of her films that was aimed at an audience over 18.[citation needed]


In 1970 Dúrcal married Filipino-born musician Antonio Morales (known professionally as 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 decided to give up his career to devote time to their children. Dúrcal meanwhile continued her film and singing career. In 1979 she had her third child, Shaila Morales de las Heras, who took up a singing career under the stage name of Shaila Dúrcal and is also a successful singer.[citation needed]

In 1977, Dúrcal signed a contract with Ariola Eurodisc (with singer-songwriter Camilo Sesto supporting her in her projects) dedicating herself to the musical career. That year, while in Mexico, she met the Mexican singer-songwriter Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known as Juan Gabriel, who decided to record a whole album of rancheras performed by Rocío Dúrcal entitled Rocío Dúrcal canta a Juan Gabriel. Without further advertising, the LP received high levels of sales, so Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel considered the possibility of a new recording 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. Dúrcal's album 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 received her first Grammy Award nomination.

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 continued 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). In 1988 she recorded 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 offered a concert at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, recorded in a double disc El Concierto... En Vivo. Between 1992 and 1993 she recorded the album Desaires, produced by the Mexican singer and songwriter Joan Sebastián. In this album she reprises ranchera. With this album, released simultaneously in Mexico, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela and Spain, she made a promotional world tour.[citation needed]

In 1995 she launched 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 brought 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 returned to ranchera music with the album Caricias, under the production of songwriter and producer Bebu Silvetti. In 2001 Rocío Dúrcal recorded Entre Tangos Y Mariachi, again produced by Bebu Silvetti, an album that includes 10 of the most famous Argentine tango arrangements interpreted with ranchero/bolero style like her 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 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 received another Latin Grammy Award nomination for her album Caramelito, produced by Kike Santander. In May 2004 she returned 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]

Rocío Dúrcal's crypt

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, and came back to her tours in 2002. In 2003, from Spain, she collaborated with the Mexican singer Julio Preciado for a duet in the song "Si nos dejan" included in his album Que me siga la tambora.[citation needed]

Rocío Dúrcal died on 25 March 2006 at 61 years old from uterine cancer at her home in Madrid.[3]

Select discography[edit]



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


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 Good Morning, Little Countess María Luis César Amadori
1967 Love in Flight Clara Luis César Amadori
1968 Cristina Guzmán Cristina / Mara Luis César Amadori
1969 Las Leandras Patricia Eugenio Martín
1971 The Rebellious Novice Gloria Luis Lucia
1972 Marianela Marianela Angelino Fons
1974 Díselo con flores Úrsula Pierre Grimblat
1977 Me siento extraña Laura Enrique Martí Maqueda


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


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


  1. ^ La última entrevista Univision (Univision Communications)
  2. ^ "Grammy a la Excelencia Musical". Archived from the original on 6 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rocío Dúrcal biodata at". London, UK: 28 March 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Overall Popularity Top. "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Overall Popularity Top. "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Overall Popularity Top (22 June 2013). "Charts". Billboard. 
  7. ^ "Que Esperabas de Mi". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Overall Popularity Top. "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Overall Popularity Top. "Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "La Balanza",; accessed 6 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Desaires",; accessed 6 March 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Mi Credo",; accessed 6 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Para Toda La Vida",; accessed 6 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Infiel",; accessed 6 March 2015.

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