Julio Iglesias


Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva, better known simply as Julio Iglesias, is a Spanish singer who has sold over 300 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released 77 albums. According to Sony Music Entertainment, he is one of the top 15 best-selling music artists in history. While Iglesias rose to international prominence in the 1970s and 1980s as a performer of romantic ballads, his success has continued on as he entered new musical endeavors.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born Julio Jose Iglesias de la Cueva on 23 September 1943 in Madrid. … Read More


1968 24 Years Old In 1968 he won the Benidorm International Song Festival, a songwriter's event in Spain, with the song "La vida sigue igual" (meaning "Life Goes On The Same") which was used in the film La vida sigue igual, about his own life. … Read More
1970 26 Years Old He represented Spain in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in fourth place behind Ireland's winning entry, performed by Dana. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old On 29 January 1971 Iglesias married Maria Isabel Preysler-Arrastía (born 18 February 1951 in Manila), better known as Isabel Preysler, a Filipina journalist and television host. … Read More


1975 31 Years Old In 1975 he found success in the Italian market by recording a song exclusively in Italian, called "Se mi lasci non vale," or "If You Leave Me, It Can't Be." … Read More
1979 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979 he moved to Miami, Florida, in the United States, signed a deal with CBS International, and started singing in different languages such as English, French, Portuguese, German and other languages to his music.
1981 37 Years Old Two years later, in 1981, he released the album De Niña a Mujer, which he dedicated to his daughter. (She shared the cover photo with him.) From it came the first English-language hit of his career, a Spanish cover of "Begin the Beguine" which became number 1 in the United Kingdom; he also released a collection, Julio (1983).


1984 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, he released 1100 Bel Air Place, the hit album which established him as a star in the English-speaking entertainment industry. … Read More
1988 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Iglesias won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in the 1988 Grammy Awards for the album Un Hombre Solo (A Man Alone).


1998 54 Years Old In the 1990s Iglesias returned to his original Spanish melody in Tango (1996), nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards, losing to the Romances album by Mexican singer, Luis Miguel.
2003 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Julio released his album Divorcio (Divorce). … Read More


2004 60 Years Old In December 2004, his Dutch girlfriend Miranda Rijnsburger and Iglesias himself recorded a duet of the Christmas song "Silent Night". … Read More
2005 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Indeed, Iglesias became a Dominican citizen in 2005.
2006 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2006, Iglesias released a new English-language album, which he titled Romantic Classics. "I've chosen songs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that I believe will come to be regarded as the new standards," Iglesias stated in the album's sleeve notes. … Read More
2008 - 2010 2 More Events
2011 67 Years Old Iglesias's performance of the song "La Mer" ("The Sea") is featured in the soundtrack of the 2011 film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
2012 68 Years Old In October 2012, Iglesias performed a concert in Equatorial Guinea, where tickets were reportedly $1,000 each.
2013 69 Years Old 1 More Event
On 1 April 2013, in Beijing, he received two historic awards: First & Most Popular International Artist of All Time in China, an award given by Sony Music China and which was presented to Julio by the world-renowned Chinese artist Lang Lang, and the Guinness World Records for the Best-selling Male Latin Artist.
2015 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015, as was announced, Iglesias was slated to perform a concert (complete show) for the first time with his son Julio Iglesias, Jr. in a tour in Romania, on 22 May at Sala Polivalentă in Cluj-Napoca and 2 July at Sala Palatului in the capital city, Bucharest.
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