|Birth name||María del Rocío Trinidad Mohedano Jurado|
|Also known as||La más grande (The Greatest)|
|Born||18 September 1946
Chipiona, Andalucia, Spain
|Died||1 June 2006 (aged 59)
Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
|Genres||Copla, Spanish Chanson (Canción española)|
María del Rocío Trinidad Mohedano Jurado (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈθi.o xuˈɾaðo], born 18 September 1944 – died 1 June 2006) was a Spanish singer and actress. She was born in Chipiona, Cádiz and nicknamed "La más grande" ("The Greatest").
She was once married to boxer Pedro Carrasco, with whom she had a daughter, Rocío Carrasco. Divorced, she married bullfighter José Ortega Cano, and they adopted two children, Gloria Camila Ortega Mohedano and José Fernando Ortega Mohedano.
Childhood and youth
She was born to an artisanal family in 1944. Her father, Fernando Mohedano, was a shoemaker and flamenco singer in his spare time; her mother, Rosario Jurado, was a housewife and amateur performer of Spanish music.
At home, Rocío learned to love music; her first public performance was at the age of eight, in a play at Colegio La Divina Pastora. After her father's death, she helped the precarious family finances. She worked as a shoemaker and as a fruit picker, and still had time to show up to Radio Sevilla contests. She came to be known as the "The Girl of the Awards" after winning every radio station contest she entered. A friend of her mother introduced her to teacher Manolo Caracol.
On 21 May 1976, she married boxer Pedro Carrasco. The couple had a daughter, Rocío Carrasco Mohedano. After their divorce in July 1989, and getting an annulment, Jurado married bullfighter José Ortega Cano on 17 February 1995 at "Dehesa Yerbabuena" with more than 1,600 guests. In late 1999, the couple adopted two children in Colombia, José Fernando Ortega Mohedano, and Gloria Camila Ortega Mohedano.
Illness and death
In 2004, Jurado was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and treated in Houston, Texas. In April 2006, she was treated for acute liver failure in a hospital in Madrid. On 26 May 2006, Spain's Culture Minister Carmen Calvo announced that Jurado had suffered a stroke, an assertion denied by Jurado's personal physician as well as her own brother/manager, Amador Mohedano.
On 1 June 2006 she died, aged 59, at 5:15 a.m. at her home in La Moraleja, Alcobendas, Madrid. Her body was taken to the Centro Cultural de la Villa in the Plaza de Colón in a Madrid chapel for a public viewing. Eventually her body was transferred to her native Chipiona, where it remains in the local cemetery of San José.
- 1969 - Rocío Jurado (Columbia)
- 1970 - Proceso a una estrella (Columbia)
- 1971 - Rocío Jurado (Columbia)
- 1973 - Soy de España (Columbia)
- 1974 - Rocío Jurado (Columbia)
- 1975 - Rocío (RCA)
- 1976 - Rocío Jurado (A que no te vas) (RCA)
- 1976 - Rocío Jurado (Columbia)
- 1977 - Amor Marinero (RCA)
- 1978 - Rocío Jurado (Columbia)
- 1978 - De ahora en adelante (RCA)
- 1979 - Por Derecho (RCA)
- 1979 - Señora (RCA)
- 1980 - Canta a México (RCA)
- 1981 - Ven y Sígueme (RCA)
- 1981 - Canciones de España (RCA)
- 1981 - Como una Ola (RCA)
- 1983 - Canciones de España II: Y sin embargo te quiero (RCA)
- 1983 - Desde dentro (RCA)
- 1985 - Paloma Brava (EMI)
- 1987 - ¿Dónde estás amor? (EMI)
- 1988 - Canciones de España Inéditas (EMI)
- 1989 - Punto de Partida (EMI)
- 1990 - Rocío de Luna Blanca (EMI)
- 1990 - Nueva Navidad (Sony)
- 1991 - Sevilla (Sony)
- 1993 - Como las alas al viento (Sony)
- 1993 - La Lola se va a los puertos B.S.O (Sony)
- 1995 - Palabra de honor (Sony)
- 1998 - Con mis cinco sentidos (Sony)
- 2001 - La más grande: Con la Orquesta Sinfónica de Bratislava (Bat Records)
- 2003 - Yerbabuena y Nopal (Sum Records)
- 2006 - Rocío Siempre (Sony-BMG)
- 2013 - Romances
- La Lola se va a los puertos (1993)
- Sevillanas (1992)
- El amor brujo (1986)
- La querida (1976)
- Una chica casi decente (1991)
- Lola la piconera (TV film, 1991)
- Una chica casi decente (1971)
- En Andalucía nació el amor (1966)
- Proceso a una estrella(1966)
- Los Guerrilleros (1962)
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- Plaque Company De Castilla, beating box office record for both public attendance, as revenue at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, with its series of "Rocío Jurado Brava" concerts (1986)
- ABC Gold Award (1987)
- Humanity Award, awarded by ASPACE (Spanish Confederation of Federations and Associations of Care for People with Cerebral Palsy and Allied; 1992)
- Gold Medal of Fine Arts from Don Juan Carlos I, King of Spain (1995)
- Ambassador of Cadiz (1996).
- Pimiento de Oro (Ciudad de Murcia; 1999)
- Honorary member of the American Forum of the Arts (July 2002 – death)
- Golden Star Press (2004)
- Gold Medal of Merit of Labor (2006)
- Adoptive Daughter of the Province of Seville (2007)
- Best Female Voice of the Twentieth Century - "The Voice of the Millennium Prize" (2000; New York)
- Reuters India "Spanish singer Rocio Jurado dies, age 61", 1 June 2006; accessed 18 May 2014.
- Rocío Jurado at the Internet Movie Database
- Spanish flamenco biography
- ROCÍO JURADO Official Fan Club
- Rocío Jurado Memorial Website from Chipiona
- Obituary, elmundo.es; accessed 18 May 2014.
- "Rocío Jurado confiesa que tuvo cáncer y anuncia su recuperación". El Mundo. 17 September 2004. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- "Rocio Jurado - Lo mas grande". Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- "Jose Fernando, el hijo descarriado". ABC. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- "La herencia maldita de Rocío Jurado". AB. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- "Rocío Jurado regresa a España tras dos meses en Houston y es ingresada en una clínica madrileña". El Mundo. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- Rocío Jurado's brother denies she died of a stroke, canada.com; accessed 18 May 2014.
- "Muere Rocío Jurado en su casa de Madrid". El Mundo. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 25 December 2013.