Biography of Rocío Jurado (1946-2006)

Spanish singer of copla and flamenco and melodic song born in Chipiona on September 18, 1946 and died in Madrid on June 1, 2006. He/She was the artist of the most popular of the last decades of the 20th century and early 21st, admired and beloved by the public and their colleagues. His style, blend of Andalusian references, large orchestrations and pop touches, calo in taste popular thanks to its mastery of the scene and the nuances of her voice, ductile and powerful at the same time. The constant presence of his image in the magazines of today was only a reflection of the attraction that woke up the crowd. His full name was Rocío Mohedano Jurado.

In 1961 he/she made his debut in a contest organized by National Radio of Spain in Seville. Animated by the members of the jury, which included well-known personalities of the time, he/she moved to Madrid. Months later he/she was hired to take part in the spectacle of the Gypsy Prince, in which also participated as an artist of first row Manolo Escobar. With him he/she traveled more diverse scenarios, collecting the teachings which only direct contact with the public can provide.

In 1967 he/she debuted at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, in the hand of Rosita Ferrer, in the Pasodobles show. The tonadilla, key style in the early stages of his career, was giving way to other genres, while it earned the will of a public which began to move away from the topics that have always maintained the "Spanish song". After brand new on their own the rose show and air, already won first place among the figures of popular music, he/she began to perform constant toured Latin America, during which took part in television programs, and it achieved absolute success with albums like a Carnation (1971), I am of Spain (1973) and love sailor (1977).

After avoiding the label of "folk", his career continued rising, earning the respect of the Orthodox of flamenco when he/she edited by fandangos (1980), Spain (1981) songs or unreleased in Spain (1988), that showed the respect that had always been towards more genuine forms of flamenco. From now on, its commercial aspect (such as a wave, of 1982, for example) and his role as a purist would alternating depending on the needs of a magnificently posed artistic career.

For it have written songs sounded prestige, as Manuel Alejandroauthors. The film also claimed his presence; in the 1970s starred in three films (the guerrillas, in Andalusia was born my love and process a star) and the 1980s returned, reclaimed by the award-winning director Carlos Saura, to intervene in the Witcher love (1986) and Sevillana (1992). Those who had the opportunity to witness his performance in Jet, show offered by the Organization of the Universal Exposition of Seville 1992, considered that their presence was the most significant programming prepared for such an event.

Separated from the former boxer Pedro Carrasco, with whom he/she married in 1976, her marriage to Bullfighter José Ortega Cano was a real informative cyclone. Not in vain, his life and his family were a constant objective of the flashes of the cameras not so much by their condition of popular character, but by the admiration which his followers always showed, and for being one of the artists most wanted by the public.

The latest works published by the Chipiona have been like the wings of the wind (1993), La Lola is going to ports (soundtrack, 1993), Word of honor (1994), with my five senses (1998), the largest (2001) and mint and nopal (2003).

In September 2004 he/she acknowledged suffering from a pancreatic cancer that would keep him a season away from the stage. Following this announcement, the chipionera became an ordeal of interventions and stays in hospitals that took him from Houston to Madrid, during which his health was the subject of continued speculation by the press of the heart.

In January 2006 he/she reappeared in a program on TVE, Rocío... always!, where he/she shared the stage with great figures of Spanish and Latin American song. He/She also gave an interview to journalist Jesús Quintero in it is openly honest about his career, his passions and his dramatic disease; and also received the gold medal for merit in work, granted by the Council of Ministers. However, a few days later their state returned to worsen, and returned to be operated. In the last weeks of life his health was deteriorating dramatically, until her body could, and expired in the early hours of June 1. His burial and funeral, as well as the commemorative events which took place in Madrid and its Chipiona natal, were crowded.