Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva, 23 September 1943, Madrid, Spain. Iglesias studied law at Madrid University and played football (goalkeeper) for Real Madrid before suffering severe injuries in a 1963 car accident. While recuperating, he learned guitar and began to write songs. After continuing his studies in Cambridge, England, he entered the 1968 Festivalde la Canción in Benidorm. Performing his own composition La Vida Sigue Igual (Life Continues All The Same), he won first prize and soon afterwards signed a recording contract with the independent Discos Columbia where Ramon Arcusa became his producer. Iglesias represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest, subsequently recording the song Gwendolyne in French, Italian, and English. During the next few years, he toured widely in Europe and Latin America, scoring international hits with Manuela (1974) and Hey (1979). His global reach was...
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