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Rocio Durcal. Biography and Music | Life and music of the great artist

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Rocio Durcal continues to be the best-selling Spanish singer worldwide, mainly because Mexico adopted and adored her, because this Spanish singer had everything, naturalness, strength and a very ductile voice capable of singing from copla to ranchera. This is the complete story of the great Rocío Dúrcal.

CATEGORY | Artists
AUTHOR | JC Trembol

Reading Time | 10 min

Listening Time | 1 h

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  • 🗿 Name: María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz, is Rocío Dúrcal’s real name.
  • 🎂 Year: Rocío Dúrcal was born on October 4, 1944 in Madrid, Spain. She died on March 5, 2006, at the age of 61 also in Madrid.
  • 👫 Genres: Melodic songs, Rancheras, Boleros, Pop, and many other genres that he interpreted in the movies.
  • Nickname: Her family and friends called her Marieta. The Mexican public knew her as ‘La Consentida‘, although she was also known as: La Diva de Divas, La Española más Mexicana, La Novia de la Juventud, La Reina de las Rancheras or La Señora de la Canción.
  • ✍🏽 Signature:
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  • 🎻 Instruments: Rocío Dúrcal’s main instrument was always her voice.
  • 💿 Discography:No more and no less than 34 albums.
  • 🎥 Filmography:14 films plus 2 television programs (Mujeres insólitas and Los negocios de mamá). He also acted in 3 plays (Un domingo en Nueva York, La muchacha sin retorno and Contacto peculiar).
  • 🗣 Rocio Durcal Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

I am an artist from Mexico, although I am Spanish. Sometimes when I say this in Spain it doesn’t make them laugh.

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Rocio Durcal | Biography and Music

Born in Spain in 1944, Rocío Dúrcal did not plan to be an artist, but her grandfather knew she had something special and took her around to show how well she sang. That’s how a talent scout discovered her and got her started in the movies.

That wouldn’t be her great success, but her trip to Mexico to start a musical career and an idyll of more than 50 years, in which Rocío Dúrcal released multiple ranchera albums.

Married to an artist, Junior and mother of 3 children, she gave everything for her music and her family, in a very intense life, cut short by cancer in 2006. The biography of Rocío Dúrcal is something not to be missed.

Chapter 1 | Marieta’s childhood

Rocío Dúrcal as a kid
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Rocío Dúrcal as a child and with her family (Facebook Image)

María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz, better known as Rocío Dúrcal (aka Rocio Durcal), was born in Madrid on October 4, 1944.

  • Her father, Tomás de las Heras, was a truck driver and cab driver, and her mother María Ortiz, a housewife.
  • Rocío was the eldest of a family of 6 siblings, 3 boys, Jacinto, Carlos and Arturo, and 3 sisters, she, Cuca and Susana.

No one in her family had any connection with show business, but her parents were very good dancers and had the radio always on. Rocío sang everything she heard 📻

Rocío was a very quiet child, but she always wanted thing her own way. Otherwise she was capable of making a big fuss.

  • Her paternal grandfather worked as a janitor at the Institución Sindical de la Paloma, where the family lived for a while. Later he moved to Valencia.
  • Although her father was not very convinced, Rocio Durcal’s grandfather thought she had something special and at every place they went together, he would put her on a table and told her, go ahead and sing!
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Rocío Dúrcal beginnings (Facebook Images)

Her family was large and humble, she and her siblings sometimes had to work to get some extra money.

  • At the age of 13, Rocio began to work as an apprentice in a hairdresser’s shop ✂️ She learned quickly although the boss would scold her because she did not stop singing and the ladies would get out of the hairdryers to hear her.

She began her artistic career participating in various festivals and radio singing contests, supported by her paternal grandfather. She did it just because of the fun, she never thought she could become an artist.

In 1959, at the age of 15, with the approval of her parents, she participated in a television program of the time called ‘Primer aplauso (First applause)’, singing ‘La sombra vendo (The shadow I sell)‘.

  • In the program the public voted for the ones they wanted to stay. Rocio was there for several weeks.
  • A talent scout called Luis Sanz saw her on TV getting struck by her talent and personality. He became her manager.

Where does the name Rocío Dúrcal come from?

Her manager Luis Sanz said that her real name was too long for an artist, so they began to think of a stage name. The name, ‘Rocio‘, was given to her by her grandfather, because he said it reminded him of the morning dew (in Spanish ‘Rocío). For the surname, Marieta took a map of Spain and randomly pointed to a town called ‘Dúrcal’, in the province of Granada.

  • Over the years she would be declared ‘Hija Adoptiva (Adopted daughter)’ of this town.

Chapter 2 | Rocio Durcal first films

Her first experience in the cinema would be in 1962 in the film by Luis Lucia Mingarro,Canción de juventud (Youth Song)‘. The story was written with her in mind, portraying a teenager with her same personality.

  • The film was a great critical and box office success both in Spain and Latin America.
  • Rocío commented that the directing put a lot of pressure on her, and that although she learned quickly, on more than one occasion it made her cry.

With the money she made from the film she bought mattresses for her family 🛏️

Her manager, Luis Sanz, as a result of her success, with her parents’ permission, put Rocío in a boarding school to improve her manners and broaden her culture.

Rocío Dúrcal Volver a Verte (See you again)

Immediately, Dúrcal became the protagonist of ‘Rocío de la Mancha‘, a film that also won the public’s favor.

  • In a very short time she had become a star, she went to premieres in big cars, with spotlights and red carpet, in the purest Hollywood style.

Although not everything was so nice, she had to shoot a movie every 8 months, which was a very hard work schedule, especially for a young girl and with a very high level of pressure ⚡

In 1962 Rocío got her first recording contract with Philips-Phonogram (today Universal Music) releasing her first album with songs from her films, ‘Las películas de Rocío Dúrcal (Rocio Durcal films)‘.

  • It would be that same year when Rocio Durcal traveled for the first time to Mexico.
  • She also participated in the Ed Sullivan Show.

Rocío Dúrcal Que Tengas Suerte (Good luck)

In 1964, at almost 20 years old, Rocio left behind her role as a child prodigy with her third film ‘Tengo 17 años (I’m 17 years old)‘, and above all with her first play entitled ‘Un domingo en Nueva York (A Sunday in New York)‘, which was about the loss of virginity.

In the following years she would record a couple more films:

  • La chica del trébol (Clover girl): The songs ‘Camino de la felicidad (Path to Happiness)‘ and ‘Trébole (Clover)‘, were a smash hit.
  • Más bonita que ninguna (Prettier than any): In this film Rocío Dúrcal adopted a male role, something very transgressive for the time.

In 1965, Rocio Durcal met the group Los Brincos, composers of some songs for her last film. She became close friends with two of its members, Juan Pardo and Antonio Morales Junior.

  • Soon Los Brincos would split up, forming two of its members the duo Juan y Junior.
Rocío Dúrcal más bonita que ninguna

Rocío Dúrcal ‘Más Bonita Que Ninguna’

How were the songs recorded in Rocío Dúrcal’s movies?

All the songs were recorded live, both Rocio’s voice and the orchestra. If someone made a mistake they had to start all over again. Which, from time to time happened 😅

Chapter 3 | Rocio and Junior. An unwavering love

In 1966, at the age of 22, Dúrcal shared the lead role with the young Mexican actor and singer Enrique Guzmán in the film ‘Acompáñame (Come with me)‘, which, like all her films, was accompanied by an album with songs from the film.

  • In this album Rocio began to perform duets with different singers such as Jaime Morey and Amalia de Isaura.

In 1967 she recorded ‘Buenos días, condesita (Good morning, little countess)‘, the same year in which she took part in ‘Amor en el aire (Love in the air)‘, where she shared roles with the young Argentine singer and composer Palito Ortega.

Rocío Dúrcal y Enrique Guzman Acompáñame (Come with me)

Rocío Dúrcal acompáñame

Rocío Dúrcal in the ye-ye era (Facebook Image)

The ye-ye fashion came with force from France and England. In Spain, Rocio Durcal and Marisol were in charge of presenting in society the miniskirt, mini-pulls, colored stockings, trouser-suits and other clothing that became the representation of change at that time 👗

  • In 1968 she would film ‘Cristina Guzmán‘ which is the first of her tapes classified for audiences over 18 years old.
  • In 1969 she was awarded the title of “Hija Adoptiva (Adoptive Daughter)” of the town of Dúrcal, in the province of Granada (Spain).

After her, Las leandras‘ in 1969 with its corresponding record, the first film in which Rocío Dúrcal kissed on screen.

  • The entire recording crew has to leave the studio to record it in privacy, as is currently done with sex scenes.
  • 3 years later came ‘La novicia rebelde (The rebel novice)’, where she played an Andalusian, which was a great challenge for her because of the accent.
  • With this film would come in 1972 the last album of the first stage of her career, what Rocío calls “her first decade”.

After years of friendship, during which Rocío dated Juan Pardo, she ended up falling in love with Antonio Morales Junior, or “Morales” as Rocío always called him.

Junior was born in the Philippines. He was shy and very polite, as well as very attractive. When he arrived in Spain and after going through several groups, Los Jumbs and Pekenikes, success would come with Los Brincos.

  • He had had a relationship with Pepa Flores, Marisol, up to the point that he asked her to marry him.
  • When he met Rocío Dúrcal, she was the girlfriend of his musical partner, Juan Pardo, with whom he had recorded the famous ‘Anduriña’. Rocío opted for Antonio (Junior) and left Juan Pardo.

After a few months of courtship, in 1970, although Rocío’s father was not very convinced and was on the point of not attending her wedding, Dúrcal and Junior got married in the monastery of El Escorial, surrounded by celebrities. Then to Paris and Rome for their honeymoon 🥰

  • Eleven months later, their first daughter, Carmen María Guadalupe, was born, which made Rocío refuse contracts for a while to take care of her family.
  • At first the 3 of them lived in a tiny apartment in Madrid, although they would soon move to the bigger house that Dúrcal had bought for her parents.
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Rocío Dúrcal and Antonio Morales wedding

Rocío Dúrcal is arrested 🚓

In February 1975 Rocio was arrested along with other actors, and fined about 1,200 Dollars. She was part of a picket line that encouraged the strike that the artists were carrying out in Madrid, to obtain a labor agreement that to date had been denied to them.

Rocío Dúrcal and Junior (Unisex) Oye Mi Corazón (Listen to my heart)

Junior was trying to relaunch his career by releasing a solo album, after separating from Juan Bravo, because of his relationship with Rocío, but the record company, focused on Miguel Bosé, did not support him.

He decided to take another path by convincing Rocío Dúrcal to start a series of shows in Spain singing as a duet.

  • Rocío cut her hair short and both she and Junior dyed it blonde, forming the duo Unisex.
  • They played in small places almost always empty with only a couple of loudspeakers that they had.

Due to the little success they decided to cancel the tour and had their second son in April 1974, Antonio Fernando, after which Antonio Morales decided to give up his career to devote himself to his children.

  • Rocío Dúrcal continues her film career with 2 films, ‘Marianela‘, the first time Rocío does not sing in a film, and ‘Díselo con flores (Tell her with flowers)‘, moving away from music for five years.

Chapter 4 | Rocio and Mexico. The myth begins

Rocío Dúrcal En Algún Lugar (Somewhere)

Rocío Dúrcal first album

Rocío Dúrcal (Facebook Image)

Rocío’s career was at a standstill and seeing that her peers were triumphing in Latin America, she decided in 1976 to go to Mexico, taking advantage of the love she had there.

  • At first she went with her husband and the duo Unisex. Although they were more successful than in Spain, a local promoter swindled them 💸 keeping the money from their performances.
  • At that time the record label Ariola Eurodisc (now Sony Music) offered Rocío a record deal to sing Juan Gabriel’s songs.

Rocío was scared because she had never sung rancheras and she knew that in Mexico they are sacred, but Juan Gabriel’s confidence made her accept and she signed a contract by which she would receive the fees for the first 50,000 records, and the label would receive the rest.

  • The result is that in 1977, she would record the album ‘Una vez más (One more time), which would make her dedicate herself definitively to her musical career.

During that year she decided to record an entire album with Juan Gabriel’s songs in ranchera rhythm, entitled ‘Rocío Dúrcal canta a Juan Gabriel (Rocío Dúrcal sings Juan Gabriel)‘.

  • Rocío was not an expert in rancheras, so she wanted to give it a personal touch, not imitating the great Mexican artists, using her own touches. She achieved a fantastic combination that was one of the secrets of her great success in Mexico 🌮

With an bigger family and not having a clear idea of when she could record a new album, Rocío Dúrcal got the script for an film called ‘Me siento extraña (I feel strange)‘. She had to appear naked and having sex with another actress called Barbara Rey.

She was not convinced and her former agent, Luis Sanz, with whom she had broken up after leaving the film world, recommended her not to do it, but her husband told her that it was a good opportunity and they needed the money so she finally recorded it.

She never saw it, nor attended the premiere, and always regretted it, being the last film in which she would participate.

  • In spite of everything, the film was a success, being the highest grossing film in 1977.
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‘Me Siento Extraña’ film cover

Shortly after, while in Madrid she would receive a call from the record company saying that her rancheras album was number 1 in the country and that they had a big tour prepared.

  • On that tour Rocío would play for the first time in a palenque.

During the time that Rocío was on tour Junior stayed at home taking care of the children, something that frustrated him because he wanted a career of his own. In fact, he was offered to shoot a movie in Manila, Philippines, his homeland and he accepted, leaving the children with Rocío Dúrcal’s parents, with whom they spent most of their childhood.

  • After that, Rocio got pregnant but Junior had signed a contract for 2 more movies in the Philippines and left again 🛫
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Rocío Dúrcal family (Facebook Image)

Rocío Dúrcal Me Gustas Mucho (I Like You A Lot)

Before, in 1978, due to the success of the first part, Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel made a new albumRocío Dúrcal Canta a Juan Gabriel volume 2‘, being a new success, especially for ‘Me Gustas Mucho (I like you a lot)‘, which took her back to Mexico.

Things with her husband were very bad, but Rocio was not giving up, so in the Christmas of 1978, she left with her sister Susana from Los Angeles to the Philippines with the determination to get him back.

  • Junior was having an affair with the leading actress of the films, Vilma, first because the producers told him that it was a way to promote the films, people liked to see them together, and also because he was alone for too many months.
  • When he saw Marieta, who is who he really loved he returned to Madrid with her and never again moved away from his family 👫

They bought a villa with a swimming pool in Madrid, and there they went to live with Rocío Dúrcal’s mother. Her father had recently passed away.

  • There their 3 children would grow up in an untypical environment due to their parents’ travels, but equally happy. The children remember how Rocío and Junior were like children, they always loved each other very much and would chase one another around the house pinching their butts.

Chapter 5 | The decade of Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel

The collaboration between Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel resulted in ten albums that made Rocío a true diva in Mexico where she traveled every year on tour from 1977 to 2004.

  • At that time Rocío bought a good stereo system with which she traveled to Mexico where her 1 ton truck was waiting for her with the mixing desk, lights and other equipment she used in the concerts.

The most important album of the series was ‘Rocío Dúrcal Canta a Juan Gabriel Volumen 6‘, which is among the top ten best-selling albums in the history of Mexico, recorded in 1984 and with which she got her first Grammy Award nomination, something she never won during her lifetime, but she did posthumously.

  • The album included some of the best songs of Rocio’s career: Costumbres (Traditios), Amor Eterno (Forever love) or Déjame Vivir (Let me live).
Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel

Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel (Facebook Image)

Shaila Dúrcal

In 1979 the third daughter of Rocío Dúrcal and Junior was born. Shaila de los Ángeles Morales has assumed the singing career with the artistic name of Shaila Dúrcal.

Rocío Dúrcal Costumbres (Traditions)

Rocío’s collaboration with Juan Gabriel was interrupted for several reasons:

  • Juan Gabriel could not receive income from Rocío Dúrcal’s records because of his contract with the record company.
  • It is said that Juan Gabriel felt an enormous attraction for the Spaniard, to the point that he was called “La Rocío” because he dressed, sang and moved like her.
  • Rocío’s husband, Antonio Morales, says in his book that the Mexican sometimes came on to her and even spied on him and Marieta in their bedroom when they were at home. He ends up saying that he had two faces and a lot of jealousy.

The relationship between Rocío and Juan Gabriel was never the same.

Rocío continued recording albums with other composers such as Marco Antonio Solís and Rafael Pérez Botija under whose direction in 1981 she released the ballad album ‘Confidencias (La Gata en España), Confidences (The Cat in Spain)‘, with the biggest hit of Rocío Dúrcal’s career, ‘La gata bajo la lluvia (Cat in the rain), which received great recognition.

  • Rocío Dúrcal confessed that everything she earned in Mexican pesos, she left it in banks in Mexico 🏦 because she could not bring it to Spain due to the exagerated exchange rate and even more because she used it in the many times she went there.

Rocío Dúrcal La Gata Bajo La Lluvia (Cat in the rain)

Rocio continued to spend long periods of time in Mexico while Junior was with the children.

  • In 1982 Junior had the idea of forming a musical group with his 2 older children, under the name ‘Antonio y Carmen’.
  • They released ‘Sopa de Amor (Love soup)‘, which would be a hit in Japan where they made several commercials for a chocolate brand and were invited to go on tour.
  • Although Junior wanted them to go, Rocío did not let them, and ended their musical journey, which led Junior to a bad period with alcohol.

To get him out of that negative spiral and because of the love that Rocío had for him, she asked Junior to be her musical director, traveling with her wherever she went.

Rocío Dúrcal la gata bajo la lluvia

Rocío Durcal In 1984 (Facebook Image)

Chapter 6 | The independence decade

Rocío published in 1983 her 14th album, ‘Entre tú y yo (Between you and I)‘.

  • Like her previous record the album is full of romantic ballads, being presented with ‘Jamás te dejaré (I’ll never leave you)‘, achieving a platinum and gold record in Mexico.

It would be followed in 1984 by her sixth album singing to Juan Gabriel, which included Rocío Dúrcal’s favorite song, ‘Amor Eterno (Forever love), which she sang to her husband Morales.

  • In 1985 the songs “Amor Eterno” and “Costumbres” were declared Patrimony of the Popular and Musical Culture of Mexico.

Rocío Dúrcal Amor Eterno (Forever love)

The following year, 1986, Rocío released ‘Siempre (Always)‘. Also produced by Juan Gabriel, it was presented with ‘La guirnalda (The garland)‘, again declared Patrimony of the Popular and Musical Culture of Mexico.

  • The album featured her husband, Junior, and her children Carmen, Antonio and Shaila in the song ‘Amándote (Loving you)‘.
  • Also that year Rocío Dúrcal was declared an Honorable Citizen of the city of Tucson (United States).

Then came Rocío Dúrcal ‘Canta Once Grandes Éxitos De Juan Gabriel (Sing Eleven Greatest Hits Of Juan Gabriel)‘, directed and produced by her husband, Antonio Morales.

  • It was the last album where the singer performed Juan Gabriel’s songs. From then on she would record unreleased material.

Rocío Dúrcal Inocente Pobre Amiga (Innocent Poor Friend)

Rocío Dúrcal Como Tu Mujer (As your wife)

In 1988, she recorded the album ‘Como tu mujer (As your wife) under the production of Marco Antonio Solis.

  • The single ‘Cómo tu mujer‘ became a huge hit throughout Latin America and the United States, being No. 1 for 10 weeks on the Hot Latin Tracks.
  • It was also considered the best song of the year in 1989 by Billboard magazine.
  • It sold over 3 million copies.

Two years later Rocío Dúrcal would record her first album in CD format 💿, ‘Si te pudiera mentir (If I could lie to you)‘.

  • To commemorate her 30 years of artistic career, Rocío Dúrcal receives 39 gold discs and 30 platinum discs for her sales with her record label Ariola BMG.
  • Rocío celebrates by going to sing in Las Vegas in 1989.
Rocío Dúrcal como tu mujer

Rocío Dúrcal live (Facebook Image)

In 1991, Rocío Dúrcal offers a concert at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City that was recorded in a double disc called ‘El concierto… En vivo (The concert… live)‘.

Between 1992 and 1993 she recorded her 20th album, ‘Desaires (Snubs)‘, an album produced by Mexican singer and composer Joan Sebastián, with which she returns to perform the ranchera music that brought her so much popularity.

  • With this album, released simultaneously in Mexico, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela and Spain, she went on a world promotional tour.
  • The album includes some of Rocio’s favorite songs, which despite not becoming big hits like others she loves to sing in her concerts such as: La Huerta or Mi Credo.

In 1995 Rocio was nominated again for the Grammy Awards in the Best Latin Pop Album category, thanks to her new album, ‘Hay amores y amores (There are loves and loves)‘, although she did not win.

  • The album includes some mythical songs such as ‘Vestida de Blanco (Dressed in White) 👰’ or ‘Como han pasado los años (How the years have gone by)‘.

In 1997, after a long wait by the fans, Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel got together again recording the double album ‘Juntos otra vez (Together again)‘.

  • The album was made because of a commitment with the record company and not so much because of the desire of both artists to continue cooperating.
  • The most outstanding songs were: El Destino (The destiny) and Qué bonito es Santa Fe (How beautiful Santa Fe is).
  • The album was a great success in Mexico.

Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel El Destino (Destiny)

Back to TV 📺

In 1997, under the direction of her former manager, Luis Sanz, she made the TV series ‘Los negocios de mamá (Mom’s business)‘. It had been more than twenty years since her last time, in an episode of the series ‘Mujeres insólitas (Unusual women)‘.

Luis Sanz is, in Rocío’s words, like her second father. Throughout her life she always asked him for advice.

Chapter 7 | Cancer arrives, but nothing stops Marieta

In 1999 she would release a new album called ‘Para toda la vida (For life)‘, with songs like ‘Hoy Lo Vi Pasar (I saw him passing by today)‘.

  • In that same year Rocío Dúrcal receives the “Hall of Fame” Award given by the American magazine Billboard.
  • A Mexican National Lottery ticket printed with her image was also made.

In the year 2000 Dúrcal celebrated her 40th anniversary of artistic career, launching in Mexico through Reader’s Digest magazine the album ‘Rocío Dúrcal: La Antología (Rocío Dúrcal: The Anthology)‘, with a compendium of her hits of the last years and the celebration at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City.

Rocío Dúrcal Hoy lo vi pasar (I saw him passing by today)

Rocío has always recorded all her songs a few times without interruptions to give the producer different possibilities to then combine.

She says she always likes the one that sounds the most spontaneous, but producers are not usually of the same opinion.

Likewise Rocío didn’t like wireless microphones 🎤 she was used to the cable and preferred it.

Rocío returns to ranchera music but this time mixing it with bolero songs in the album ‘Caricias (Caresses)‘.

  • The album had 3 main singles: Caricias (Caresses), Porque te quiero (Because I love you) and Infiel (Cheater).
  • Also in 2000 she was given a star on the famous “Calle 8” in Miami (United States) and was awarded the Keys of Dade County (United States).

In 2001 Rocío Dúrcal recorded ‘Entre tangos y mariachi (Between tangos and mariachis), an album that includes ten of the most famous Argentinean tangos such as ‘Sombras… Nada más (Shadows… nothing else)‘.

  • In the summer of 2001 Dúrcal made a successful tour of Spain, after thirteen years of not performing in her native country.
  • After that, she recorded the song ‘Dama (Lady)‘, by the late Spanish singer-songwriter Cecilia, as part of a campaign to raise funds for a breast cancer organization.

In 2001, during a medical check-up, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Dúrcal immediately canceled her tour to undergo surgery and receive medical treatment.

Rocío Dúrcal sombras nada más

Rocío Dúrcal live (Facebook Image)

After a year and a half of absence, Rocío reappeared in September 2002 with a concert at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico, which was recorded on a DVD album titled ‘En concierto… Inolvidable (Live… Unforgettable)‘, which would be nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, without winning it.

  • Dúrcal would resume the American tour that had been pending due to her illness.

In 2003, Rocio released a new album, ‘Caramelito (Sweetie)‘, produced by Kike Santander. In it she explores new genres more danceable as with the theme that gives name to the album.

  • She was nominated again for the Grammy for best album, but she didn’t win it either 😤

Rocío Dúrcal Caramelito (Sweetie)

Chapter 8 | The last years of Rocío Dúrcal

Before recording her last album in 2004, during a medical check-up it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her lungs.

  • The artist returned to undergo chemotherapy treatment.

She also fulfilled her commitment to record what would be her last album, ‘Alma Ranchera (Ranchera Soul)‘.

  • A tribute to the music of this genre, which due to her treatment, she was unable to present live.
  • He was also nominated for a Grammy without success. Dúrcal said

Someday they will give me the Grammy Award even if it is for boredom.

So it would be, in 2005, a year before his death, he received the Latin Grammy for musical excellence.

Rocío Dúrcal Como Puedo (How can I)

The passing of Rocío Dúrcal

Rocío Dúrcal died on March 25, 2006 at the age of 61, at her home in Madrid. She spent her last days in the company of her family.

  • Her ashes were separated between Spain and Mexico.
  • In Mexico they were placed in a crypt inside the Basilica of Guadalupe, surrounded by thousands of excited Mexicans.

After Rocío’s death, the family broke up. The eldest children, Antonio and Carmen ended up denouncing their father for the inheritance, although fortunately, everything went back on track and they reconciled.

Even so, Junior felt very lonely without Marieta and took refuge in alcohol. His children ended up taking him to a detox clinic, but despite everything and that, they say he became a living dead until his death from a heart attack in 2014. Junior said:

I don’t know if you can die for love, but I know you can for lack of love.

Rocío Dúrcal death

Rocío Dúrcal (Facebook Image)

Since her death, tributes have been repeated:

  • In 2007 the ‘Rocío Dúrcal Medal’ was established as a title of recognition by the International Mariachi Association.
  • The ‘Rocío Dúrcal’ school was inaugurated in Madrid and in 2009 she was named adopted daughter of Torrelodones, as well as a bronze statue was made in her honor, in the town of Dúrcal.
  • In 2008 the memoirs of Antonio Morales were published, with the title ‘Mucho antes de dejarme (Long before leaving me)‘.
  • In 2009, Sony Music made the album ‘Duetos (Duets)‘ as a tribute to the artist taking her voice tracks from her most successful songs, to join them as a duet with artists of the time.
  • In 2011, a two-part film on the life of Rocío Dúrcal was released under the title ‘Rocío Dúrcal, volver a verte (Rocío Dúrcal, see you again)‘.

In 2011, November 11 was designated as International Rocío Dúrcal Day.

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Rocío Dúrcal (Facebook Image)

Rocío Dúrcal live

Rocío Dúrcal live (Facebook Image)

With more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, Rocío Dúrcal is as topical now as she has been throughout her life, being in the Top 10 of the most played Spanish singers on Spotify. Neither Mexican nor Spanish, Rocío will always be a world-class artist 🌍

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  1. Mely M.

    It is a beautiful story of a very beautiful woman and artist. She will always have my admiration for her unequaled talent and for the beautiful human being that she was. We lost her too soon. R.I.P.., Rocio.


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