General Background Information
Rocío Dúrcal –
A Star Is Born
Tomas and Maria de las Heras Ortiz gave birth to their first of six children, María de los Ángeles (“Marieta”) de Las Heras Ortíz, on October 4, 1944 in Madrid, Spain. Born to working class parents, Marieta had aspirations of a career as an actress since grade school where her aspirations were a secret, but not for long. Marieta’s first audience was her classmates who would always request her to sing for them and school was where her presence as a singer became common knowledge. Tomas and Maria weren’t overly excited about their daughter’s aspirations in entertainment for their fear that she would fail and not have a career to fall back on, and at the request of her parents, Marieta began a hairdresser apprenticeship in her neighborhood.
Aside from her presence in school as a singer, Marieta actually began her career in entertainment by entering competitions and participating in festivals. At almost 15 years of age, she participated in a television show called Primer Applauso where she sang La Sombra Vendo and was discovered by Luis Sanz, a movie producer/talent scout.
As Luis Sanz had plans of stardom for Marieta, her birth name was just not going to take her there, and hence, “Rocío Dúrcal” was born. Although there is some debate as to how Rocio came about, whether Marieta chose the name Rocío or whether it was Luis Sanz, Dúrcal definitely came about as they both looked to a map of Spain in which she drew at random and pointed to the population of Dúrcal, in the province of Granada, and the star, Rocío Dúrcal, was born.
Rocío Dúrcal’s first movie was Canción de Juventud (Song of Youth) in 1961, the first of many musical comedies. During the sixties, there were many other young singer-actors in Spanish films as it was the “rage.” Other films included Rocío de La Mancha, La Chica del Trébol, Tengo 17 Años, Más Bonita que Ninguna, Acompáñame, Amor en el Aire, Cristina Guzmán, Las Leandras and La Novicia Rebelde.
Rocío retired from movies in 1975 but returned to the entertainment industry in 1977 when she recorded the her first record of material written by Juan Gabriel, a Mexican singer-composer. Backed by the Mexican band, Mariachi América, her first album resulted in many hits and awards, on an international stage, where she would continue with a whirlwhind of hits throughout the seventies, eighties, nineties and the turn of the century and millenium.
Rocío Dúrcal career came to a halt in 2001 when she was diagnosed with cancer and thereafter died on March 25, 2006 in Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain, of a uterine cancer that had metasticized.
Duetos by Rocío Dúrcal –
Duetos by Rocío Dúrcal is a compilation of duets with other famous latin music singers that was released on August 25, 2009, a little over three years after her demise. The tracks include her greatest hits that are not just very well known within the Spanish speaking world, they could be considered second nature. Some of the most famous of these hits are Amor Eterno, Sombras Nada Mas, Como Han Pasado Los Anos, La Gata Bajo La Lluvia, Costumbres, Si Nos Dejan…. In actuality, when reviewing the titles, all of the tracks are great hits and so it is not correct listing only a few. All of the songs on this album are great hits and make this album worth every cent.
The tracks on this album/CD are:
1. Sombras Nada Mas (A Duo Con Javier Solis)
2. Infiel (A Duo Con Kany Garcia)
3. No Sirvo Para Estar Sin Ti (A Duo Con Maria Jose)
4. Como Han Pasado Los Años (A Duo Con Reily)
5. La Gata Bajo La Lluvia (A Duo Con Edith Marquez)
6. Y Nos Dieron Las Diez -Joaquin Sabina /Rocío Dúrcal
7. Costumbres (A Duo Con Pandora)
8. De Que Manera Te Olvido (A Duo Con Victor Garcia)
9. Si Nos Dejan (A Duo Con Franco De Vita)
10. La Hora Del Adios (Rocío Durcal Cantando Con Dyango)
11. Si Piensas…Si Quieres (con la participación de Rocío Dúrcal)
12. Jamas Te Dejare (Duo con Junior)
13. Dejame Vivir -Rocío Dúrcal & Juan Gabriel
14. Cucurrucucu Paloma (A Duo Con Guadalupe Pineda)
15. Amor Eterno Rocío Dúrcal A Dueto Con Shaila Durcal
Rocío Dúrcal’s music is well known for her powerful voice and traditional ranchera ballad style music which is very popular in Mexico and Latin America yet uncommon for Spanish singers. Her musical style was also her trademark which daughter Shaila Durcal continues her legacy. Aside from her trademark musical style and voice, Rocio’s songs typically are about life’s pains and hold such deep sentimental value that they have kept and will keep her legendary in the minds and hearts of Spanish speaking people everywhere and the world music community.
Duetos by Rocío Dúrcal –
My Personal Thoughts Regarding The Product
I am a great fan of Rocío Dúrcal (and now Shaila Durcal), and purchased Duetos at Target for $9.99 which was released on August 25, 2009, as it truly contains the greatest hits and duets of Rocio and many famous latin music singers: Franco de Vita, Juan Gabriel and Pandora; which combinations have made these songs unforgettable, although Rocío Dúrcal and her musical capabilities can stand on their own. This album of greatest hits is definitely a must-have for anyone who loves music in the latin genre. In one album, it contains such well known songs that form the base of any good latin music collection. It is also music that is heard every holiday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, funeral, birthday party and wedding and symbolic of those sentiments felt by anyone who is torn between two worlds. In fewer words, it is meaningful music for all occasions. I wouldn’t be surprised if years down the road this album becomes a collector’s item.