Born to a physician father in Madrid Spain in 1943, Julio Iglesias would go on to become one of the most influential figures in the history of Latin music.
Iglesias started off in his life as an athlete playing for the soccer team, Real Madrid but an injury caused by a car accident in 1962 had ended his athletic career prematurely. During his recovery, he taught himself singing and playing musical instruments.
A chance at a Spanish song-writing competition skyrocketed him to stardom with the original piece, La Vida Sigue Igual that won him the first prize and a lucrative recording deal with Columbia Records.
His first album, Yo Canto, was released in 1969 and by 1971, he had sold more than a million copies.
The successful singer thrived on his penchant for languages and has recorded songs in German, French, Italian and Portuguese.
By the 80s and 90s, Iglesias had strategized his marketing efforts to target the English-speaking communities of America and beyond. He has performed with other greats such as Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson.
Iglesias has topped the music charts multiple times and his son Enrique Iglesias continues the legacy of his father as an international performer in his own right while his daughter Chabeli Iglesias is a journalist.