For all the girls he loved before...

Julio Iglesias, born Julio José Iglesias De La Cueva, is a Spanish singer-songwriter whose particularity, apart from his particularly prosperous artistic career, is to have also been a professional footballer as a goalkeeper for Real Madrid, just that !

But he can also boast of being the artist who has sung in the greatest number of languages ​​to date and of being also the artist of Latin origin who has sold the most records in the world with no less than 250 million of records sold in 14 different languages !

It is a road accident that will ruin his sporting career and force him to convert to singing, a road accident that will prevent him from walking for 2 years and will leave him with many consequences. It is during his convalescence that a nurse will give him a guitar to help him regain the dexterity of his hands. And it is by learning to play it that he will discover a certain talent for music.

His artistic career really started in 1968 when he won the Benidorm International Song Festival with a song called "La vida sigue igual". A title that allows him to be noticed by the label Discos Columbia, the Spanish subsidiary of the world famous label Columbia Records. Label which allows him to release a year later in 1969 his first album called "Yo canto".

Album which will be a real hit in Spain and propel the young singer on the front of the stage in a shattering way. So much so that he was chosen to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970, where he finished in the very honorable 4th place with a title called "Gwendolyne". The same title that will finish N°1 of the Spanish Charts that year.

It was in 1971 that his fame began to reach beyond the Spanish borders when the title "Un canto à Galicia" was released, a title which would make him known throughout the Old Continent. A title that will sell more than a million copies in Germany alone ! European success confirmed in 1972 with the title "Rio Rebelde" which, too, will be popular with the public.

A major turning point took place in 1974 when the title "Manuela" was released, a title that would propel him to a level of global notoriety unprecedented for him. New notorious successes with the release of the albums "A put 33 anos" in 1977 and "Emociones" in 1978, two albums which will work mainly in all the countries with Hispanic language. Two albums which, paradoxically, will not produce any major hits.

The very end of the 1970s saw him change his strategy, a much more globalist strategy that saw him begin to sing in different languages, including French. A reorientation which benefits him in particular on titles like “Pauvres Diables” but also, and especially, “Je n'ai pas changé”, two enormous singles taken from the album “A vous les femmes”, which both come out in 1979 and which allowed him to become a real star in France.

The early 1980s saw him release the album "Hey !", album which became his first big success across the Atlantic. Album which will mainly produce the single of the same name. At the same time, he released the album "Sentimental", an album which saw him triumph once again in France with the title "Il faut toujours un perdant".

The year 1981 saw the release of 2 albums : "De niña a mujer", an album in tribute to his daughter and "Begin the beguine", two albums which enabled him to record his first big hits across the Channel. Albums which will mainly produce the titles "Begin the beguine" and "Quiéreme mucho (Yours)".

Success confirmed and amplified a year later in 1982 with the release of the album "Momentos", an album which took the artist to an unprecedented level of worldwide popularity. The singer becomes one of the biggest phenomena of the moment, notably thanks to the title "Amor".

But that's without counting on the album “1100 Bel Air Place” which came out in 1984, an album which was to be a huge success throughout the Anglo-Saxon sphere, selling over 3 million copies nothing than in the United States and produce the mega hit “To all the girls I've loved before”. The flagship single of the album, which he performed as a duet with Willie Nelson.

The album will produce another top hit with the track "All of you" which he will always perform as a duet but this time with a woman and not least since it will be Diana Ross.

New successful album in 1985 with "Libra", album which paradoxically will not produce any hit worthy of the name. We will therefore have to wait for the release of the album "Un hombre solo" in 1987 to see it make a resounding return to the race thanks to the singles "Lo mejor de tu vida" and "Que no se rompa la noche".

New luxury duo in 1988 with Stevie Wonder on the track "My love", track taken from the album "Non stop". Album and singles which give him a new star of high class to his already fairly extensive track record.

The end of the 80s saw the release of a new album "Raices", an album that will struggle with difficulty and which will only produce a minor hit with the title "Caballo viejo". A decade of the 1980s that will end in a much less brilliant way than it started.

The following decade began in a much more favorable way with the release in 1990 of the album "Starry night", an album with certain success but which, once again, struggled to produce any hit.

The album "Calor" which came out 2 years later in 1992 will not do much better and it will therefore be necessary to wait for the release of the album "Crazy" in 1994 to see him finally return to success on the singles side thanks to the huge single which bears the name of the album.

New big hits on the album side with the releases of "La carretera" in 1995 but also, and above all, "Tango" in 1996. But like most of the previous albums, they hardly produced any global class hits.

Despite this, the great adventure will continue for the next decade, but that's another story ...

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • La vida sigue igual 1968

  • No llores, mi amor 1968

  • Yo canto 1969

  • Chiquilla 1970

  • Gwendolyne1970

  • En un rincón del desván 1971

  • Un canto a Galicia 1971

  • Rio Rebelde 1972

  • Minueto 1973

  • A flor de piel 1974

  • Manuela 1974

  • Abrázame 1975

  • Quiero 1975

  • El amor 1975

  • Júrame 1976

  • Soy un truhán, soy un señor 1977

  • Le monde est fou, le monde est beau 1978

  • Me olvidé de vivir 1978

  • Quiéreme 1978

  • Pauvres diables 1979

  • Où est passé ma bohème ? 1979

  • Je n'ai pas changé 1979

  • Il faut toujours un perdant 1980

  • Begin the beguine 1981

  • De niña a mujer 1981

  • Quiéreme mucho (Yours) 1981

  • Amor 1982

  • All of you 1984

  • Moonlight lady 1984

  • To all the girls I’ve loved before 1984

  • Ni te tengo, ni te olvido 1985

  • Intentando otra vez enamorarte 1987

  • Lo major de tu vida 1987

  • Que no se rompa la noche 1987

  • I know it's over 1988

  • My love 1988

  • Caballo viejo/Bamboléo 1989

  • Crazy 1994

  • Fragile 1994

  • When you tell me that you love me 1994

  • Agua dulce, agua salá 1995

  • Baila morena 1995

  • La carretera 1995

  • El dia que me quieras 1996

  • Pudes llegar 1996

  • La gota fria 1998

Clips :

1968 ... end of professional football career, welcome to singing career. And the least we can say is that fate gave him a hell of a gift by making him stop playing football ...

1968 ... it is clear that he was always made to be a singer. His talent bursts the screen, just like his physique of the most advantageous. And this is only the beginning !

1969 ... a decade of the 60s which saw him blossom and during which he quickly established himself as one of the big revelations of the moment ...

1970 ... a positioning on the register romantic ballad more and more obvious. And which will very quickly become its trademark ...

1970 ... the competition that will allow him to appear for the first time on the international scene. Even if he will not win this Eurovision Song Contest, he will still have won everything in terms of notoriety ...

1971 ... a year of transition which will allow him to capitalize on Eurovision and especially to start to make seriously talk about him internationally ...

1971 ... and his first international success, here it is. We felt that he really did not lack much to pass in the big leagues ...

1972 ... the rise in power is obvious but it still lacks THE title that will explode its notoriety. Patience, patience ...

1973 ... it won't be that time yet. But it is clear that everything is now ready for the big fireworks display ...

1974 ... a year 1974 which started quietly and which was to end in apotheosis. It's all really starting to smell good ...

1974 ... the end of the year in apotheosis, here it is ! He delivers here an enormous title which will literally explode his career, both literally and figuratively. The Julio legend is now on !

1975 ... nothing and no one can stop the singer's rise to the top from now on. Especially when we see, especially when we hear, the melodic quality of the titles he now produces. MA-GIC !

1975 ... even if his goodwill will always remain the high-end Intimist, it is clear that he also ensures particularly in the Festive register with this for the less astonishing cover of Narciso Yepes' flagship title "Romance" (which will forever remain the incredible soundtrack of the film 'Forbidden Games'). Versatility displayed worthy of the greatest !

1975 ... when Julio revisits Daniel Guichard dating from 1973. And yes, at this stage, the first is a little less well known than the second. Thing that will not last of course ...

1976 ... the 'Julio' style is now perfectly in place. All that remains is to unroll and to unroll, that will unroll. And the word is weak...

1977 ... a truly unique 'Latin lover' style that will forever be his strong point. What is certain is that no one will ever be able to compete with him ...

1978 ... the French version of its title 'A veces tu, a veces yo' dating from 1975. A French version which will almost supplant the original. It is to say ...

1978 ... this time Julio revisits Johnny Hallyday from the previous year. This version of 'J'ai oublié de vivre' holds up perfectly, to say the least !

1978 ... here he is even trying his hand at Disco, the latest trends oblige. And my faith, even in this area, he ensures. A style versatility worthy of the greatest ...

1979 ... THE title which will literally explode its notoriety in France. He becomes with this title the darling of housewives under 50 years old and it is set to last a few years. HU-GE !

1979 ... every title that comes out immediately turns into solid gold. At least those released in France ...

1979 ... but if there is one title that will forever be the symbol of its omnipotence, it is this title. At the height of its power of attraction, he delivers here a very simple title but with oh so formidable effectiveness !