New Jersey Stage
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Julio Iglesias Comes To The Ritz Theater in Elizabeth
Recently, the 66-year-old singer - who tied the knot with partner of 20 years Miranda Rijinsburger in September - said the couple's intimate union in Marbella was the "culmination of many years of love".
He said: "It's the culmination of many years of love, mutual understanding, affection and unconditional support, a relationship that has brought us five children who are our very soul. If Miranda hadn't come into my life, my mind wouldn't be as focused on the future as it is right now - it would be focused on the present, and very likely, more and more in the
The original Latin Sex Symbol, Julio Iglesias's 1984 release "1100 Bel Air Place" sold three million copies in the U.S. alone, producing two hit singles, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," a duet with Willie Nelson, and "All of You," a duet with Diana Ross. His latest worldwide release "Romantic Classics," a Top 40 hit in the US, features songs from the '60s, '70s and 80s – a success with audiences of all generations.
A talented vocalist from a young age, in 1968 Iglesias won the Benidorm International Song Festival, a songwriter's contest in Spain, with "La Vida Sigue Igual" and signed a contract with Discos Columbia, the Spain branch of Columbia Records. He represented Spain in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, earning fourth place.
Soon thereafter the young artist released a number one hit throughout Europe with "Un Canto A Galicia." The single sold 1 million copies in Germany alone. It was followed in 1975 with an Italian hit "Se mi lasci non vale" ("If you leave me, it can't be").
In 1978, he signed a contract for CBS International, adding English, French, Portuguese, and German to his language repertoire. Iglesias released "De Niña a Mujer" (1981), which produced his first English-language hit, a Spanish cover of "Begin the Beguine" - No. 1 in the U.K..
Iglesias's career continued to blossom in 1988, when the young, sexy singer won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album with "Un Hombre Solo" ("A Man Alone"). Later that year he recorded a duet with Stevie Wonder, "My Love," which also achieved crossover success.
2003 saw the release of the Spanish album "Divorcio." (Divorce) In its first day of sales alone, "Divorcio" sold a record 350,000 copies, and quickly reached the #1 spot in Portugal, France, Italy, Russia and Spain.
But "Romantic Classics" was Iglesias's premier debut on the Billboard charts, entering at number 31 in the USA, 21 in Canada, 10 in Australia, and top spots across Europe and Asia. The now world-recognized artist gained popular appeal with appearances on U.S. TV shows such as "Dancing With The Stars," "Good Morning America," "The View," "Fox and Friends," and "Martha Stewart."
The Majestic Ritz Theater is located at 1148 East Jersey Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey.