Talk:Raphael (singer)

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Uranium Disc?[edit]

This claim seems absurd. Awarding a recording artist a potentially hazardous material? Perhaps if the article cited sources this could be verified but Googling the artist (using both his real and stage names) provided no information on copies of the record sold or uranium discs awarded (to anyone). I am leaving the claim in as it stands, as I said I cannot completely rule it out. Chet nc 19:45, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

Dude, Raphael himself makes the claim constantly, and he even made it in his autobiography. Yes, it seems a bit odd... but chances are that it is, indeed, true(!), since mentions of this are made occasionally in both Spanish and Latin American media. I promise to back it up and restore it, or -if it needs be- delete it for good. OTOH, whoever followed us in the revision is probably a big fan, most probably a native of Spain (since some of the facts mentioned would only be known to someone from there), and most definitely a non-native English speaker. I'll gradually polish this one up. Some mention has to be made about Raphael's style. Elvis Presley or Tom Jones (singer) compared to him are catatonic, to say the least. Not as, uh, flamboyant as, say, Iggy Pop, but a bit close... demf 20:37, 11 June 2006 (UTC)
Here are a few links to the "uranium disc" reference. Don't shoot the messenger(!). You can look those up yourself by Googling "disco de uranio" and "Raphael" in the same search:
From what I can recall from hearsay, the disc itself is tiny, not more than an inch in diameter, mounted on top of an old-style vinyl one. There's rumors that you can actually take a Geiger counter to it and drive it haywire... but those are rumors, of course. Should we research for extra proof? demf 20:49, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks to those who have contributed to the discussion, you've convinced me :) The links you provided will make an excellent addition to the article references section (hint, hint). -- Chet nc (talk)(contrib) 17:22, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

Not made of real Uranium[edit]

The Uranium disc is not made of real Uranium. Same thing for Platinum Disc and Gold disc: They're not made of Gold or Platinum. It's just a name.


I expanded on the formatting that demf started, I hope I've actually improved things a bit. I added a "band" Infobox to help contain pertainant information, but now that I look at the precedence with other solo recording artists, I'm going to change my mind and remove it. -- Chet nc (talk)(contrib) 18:40, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

Misleading sentence[edit]

Ref: Awards and Accomplishments
This statement cannot be right:

“Raphael can be singled out as one of the most important singers in the Spanish language for the second half of the Twentieth century, along with Joan Manuel Serrat, Julio Iglesias, Rocío Dúrcal, Karina, Marisol and Rocío Jurado.”

Since there is no mention of Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, or Montserrat Caballe, I can only presume you are refering to the pop music genre.

A better statement could be: “Raphael Martos can be singled out as one of the most important singers, in the spanish pop music genre, for the second half of the Twentieth century. Moshe-paz 03:32, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

Not Superstitious[edit]

Raphael was never superstitious!!!. He likes number 13, so you can see. I´ll add an anecdote about why he usually is dressed in black on stage, later. Acuareladelrio 12:52, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

¡'ale! Demf 16:02, 19 April 2007 (UTC)