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Julio Iglesias} was the most popular Latin} singer of the '70s and '80s, selling over 100 million albums around the world. Iglesias} was a smooth, romantic crooner and his appeal translated to many different countries in many different languages.

Initially, Iglesias} planned to be a lawyer. As he studied, he was a goalkeeper for the Real Madrid football team. His career as an athlete was ended after an automobile accident in the mid-'60s. While he was recovering, Iglesias} started playing guitar and writing songs. Before he began a musical career, he finished his law studies at Cambridge University. In 1968, he was a contestant at the 1968 Spanish Song Festival} at Benidorm, singing his original song "La Vida Sigue Igual."} Iglesias} won the first prize at the contest, which led to a record contract with Discos Columbia}, an independent record label.

During the '70s, he toured Europe and Latin America, gaining a large fan base with hits like 1975's "Manuela."} By the end of the decade, he was extremely popular -- so popular, CBS International} sought out a contract with him. He signed with the label in 1978. Iglesias} began to record not only in Spanish, but in Italian and French as well. At the turn of the decade, Julio Iglesias} began to pursue the American and British markets by concentrating on his English recordings. His efforts began to pay off in 1981, when his cover of "Begin the Beguine"} became a number one hit. It was quickly followed by the compilation record Julio}, which became a big success in England and America. However, his major crossover success was 1984's 1100 Bel Air Place}, a collection of duets. Featuring the Top Ten hit duet with Willie Nelson} "To All the Girls I've Loved Before,"} the album sold over three million copies in America and peaked at number five on the pop} charts; it also spawned "All of You,"} a hit duet with Diana Ross}. Iglesias}' popularity continued to grow throughout the '80s, although he only had one more pop} crossover hit, 1988's "My Love,"} a duet with Stevie Wonder}.

By the 1990s, he had stopped courting the English pop} market and concentrated on recording mainly in Spanish, as well as a handful of other languages. His popularity did not diminish at all in his third decade of recordings -- he was still capable of selling millions of records and selling out concerts around the world. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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