~~June 1, 2014~~
In his own words …. he’s been singing for 53 years.
Raphael visited Orlando, Florida, for the first time on May 30, 2014. I was among the many fans at the venue. I must say that this artist played a very important part in my life as a young adolescent growing up and learning about love, passion, life and reality.
When I arrived at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center I didn’t know what to expect. This artist is in his early 70s. I wondered if he was going to be able to woo me like he did so many times before. I wondered if his voice would be the same that I remembered and the same that I could listen to in the many CDs that I have.
I started listening to him a bit skeptical but to my wonderful surprise, Raphael was able to pull me into his music world and take me back to my younger years when everyone was pinning for lost love, for future love, for unrequited love ….
It was magical. It was a trip back in time. Down memory lane!
Raphael still has the ability to enthrall and enchant. His voice is as strong and lyrical as ever. I enjoyed his concert immensely. He still provokes the “chill factor”!
Below you will find a link to a concert in Madrid, Spain, where he performed basically the same concert that we enjoyed.
Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez (born May 5, 1943 in Linares, Spain), often simply referred to as Raphael, is a worldwide acclaimed Spanish singer and television, film and theater actor. A pioneer of modern Spanish music, he is considered a major influence in having opened the door and paving the way to the flood of Spanish singers that follow. His wide-range voice, added to his quality as showman, has entertained and engaged people worldwide for more than five decades.
Raphael was born Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez in Linares, province of Jaén (Spain), on May 5, 1943. As a consequence, he is nicknamed both “El Ruiseñor de Linares” (“Nightingale of Linares”) and “El Divo de Linares”(“The Divo from Linares”). His family moved to Madrid when he was nine months old, and he started singing when he was just three years-old. He joined a children’s choir at age four. When he was 9, he was recognized as the best child voice in Europe at a contest in Salzburg, Austria.
Raphael in a concert
|Birth name||Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez|
|Born||May 5, 1943
Linares, Jaén, Spain
|Genres||Pop music, Latin ballad|
|Years active||1959 – present|
|Labels||Hispavox, Sony, EMI|
Raphael began his professional career by signing with the Dutch record label Philips. To distinguish himself, he adopted the “ph” of the company’s name and christened himself ‘Raphael’. His first singles were “Te voy a contar mi vida” and “A pesar de todo”, among others. Raphael adopted his own peculiar singing style from the beginning; he is known for acting each one of his songs while on stage, emphasizing his gestures with high dramatic effect.
It is not unusual for Raphael to ad lib lyrics as to localize a song depending on the venue he’s singing at, wear Latin American peasant costumes and dance folk dances within a song, kicking and demolishing a mirror, or doing the moves of a flamenco dancer or a bullfighter onstage. He also possesses a wide vocal range, which he often used in the beginning of his career as to evoke a choirboy approach to some songs.
When he was nineteen, he won first, second and third awards at the famous Benidorm International Song Festival, Spain, 1962, with the songs: “Llevan”, “Inmensidad” and “Tu Conciencia”. After a brief relation with Barclay record label, who produced just an EP, he signed contract with Hispavox recording company, and began a long artistic relationship with the musical director of this label, the late, talented argentinian orchestrator Waldo de los Ríos and intensify the partnership with outstanding Spanish songwriter Manuel Alejandro.
In 1966 and 1967 he represented Spain at the XII and XIII Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg, singing “Yo soy aquél” and Vienna, “Hablemos del amor” and placing both 7th and 6th position, although he did not win. It was the first time that Spain obtained a high place in the competition,leaving the door open for victory the following year, which Spain achieved with “La, la, la“, another song of modern style too,which for political reasons still in Spain then was sung instead by Massiel.
This served as a turning point in Raphael’s career, making him an international star. He traveled and performed worldwide in Europe, Latin America, the United States, Russia and Japan. Songs such as “Yo soy aquel” (his signature song), “Cuando tú no estás”, “Mi gran noche”, “Digan lo que digan”, “Tema de amor”, “Estuve enamorado” and “Desde aquel día” cemented his status as a major international singing star.
Raphael also began a lucrative film career, appearing in, Cuando tú no estás (Mario Camus, 1966), which was followed by Al ponerse el Sol (Mario Camus, 1967) Digan lo que digan (Mario Camus, 1968, filmed in Argentina), El golfo (1969, filmed in México), El ángel(1969), Sin Un Adiós (1970, partially filmed in England) and Volveré a nacer (1972).
He married journalist and writer Natalia Figueroa, in Venice (Italy) on 14 July 1972. They have three children: Jacobo, Alejandra and Manuel.
Raphael’s health faced a major setback in 2003, when his liver started failing due to a latent bout with Hepatitis B; he recovered successfully after a transplant. Since then he is an active organ donation promoter.
~~Awards and accomplishments~~
Raphael can be singled out as one of the most important singers in the Spanish language for the second half of the 20th century, along with Joan Manuel Serrat, Camilo Sesto, Juan Gabriel, Julio Iglesias, Rocío Dúrcal, Rocío Jurado and José José.
~~RAPHAEL – BALADA DE LA TROMPETA 2011~~
~~Uploaded on Apr 9, 2011~~
~~RAPHAEL EN CONCIERTO~~
~~Published on Mar 15, 2014~~
We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!
We ALL are ONE!!