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(María Isabel Pantoja Martín; Sevilla, 1956) Spanish singer. Considered to be one of the key figures in the genres of the verse, the tonadilla and the call "Canción Española", reached its greatest popularity in the decades of 1980 and 1990.
Isabel Pantoja in concert
His father had formed part of the group Los Gaditanos, famous in the 1950s by topics such as "What beautiful is my girl", and his family already had other artistic background. Deichkind (nickname of the flamenco singer Antonio Cortés) premium, at the end of the sixties participated in some of his recordings and soon began collaborating in performances, first as a dancer and then as a singer.
Still very young, he moved to Madrid and received the master Juan Solano singing lessons. After forming part of the artistic flamenco "El corral de la Morería" for three years, in January 1974 he made his debut at the Teatro Calderón in Madrid and made his first record label venture with an album of low impact; the same thing happened with his second album of 1975. Success would start arriving in 1977 thanks to her album Niña Isabela and themes as "I want you to sin".
After some appearances on television, he starred in the shows "I have now been to me" and "I have twenty-two April". The latter would serve as the title for his next album, which was released in 1979. A few months later published lover... lover. In 1981 he recorded the lemon, which included their hits "That Carmen" (tribute to Carmen Amaya) and "I love you, life, I love you". As their popularity increased, the Repertoire of Isabel Pantoja moved away increasingly from its inception, but in 1982 the album Viva Triana, entirely dedicated to the sevillanas, meant a momentary return to roots.
The definitive change of style would be patent change for you (1983). The album was released shortly before marrying the late Bullfighter Francisco Rivera "paquirri", who would perish in dramatic circumstances in September 1984, which should have been the last run of his season in Spain before leaving for Venezuela. The impact of his death plunged Isabel into a deep depression that turned away it for a while from the stage and recording studios.
Isabel Pantoja in concert
Until the end of November 1985 not the lights sailoralbum, saw the light with José Luis Perales as fundamental issues. More than one million copies sold spoke of a great success in that, there is no doubt, influenced the curiosity of the public to issues as sentimental as those who carry entitled "Today I confess I", "He was my life" or "Thinking of you".
After the release in 1986 of an anthology of his successes, From Andalusia (with songs from the popular interpreter and Mexican composer Juan Gabriel), was published in 1988 that contained one of the classics in the Sevillian artist's career: "Make me yours again". In 1989 he saw light falls in love with the soul, recorded in Milan, an album that kept the favour of the public.
His popularity went up to cinema, and hand of director Luis Sanz and the singer-songwriter and film producer Victor Manuel starred in I am (1990), which constituted one of the blockbusters of the year, with more than half a billion fundraising. Shortly after Isabel released the double album the Spanish song (directed by Luis Cobos and the presence of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), collecting the soundtrack of the film and classics of the copla and the tune as "The lily" or "Capote de grana and gold".
The success of I am wanted to have continued in the day I was born, directed by Pedro Olea; but results were never far to his film debut. In an attempt to repeat the formula that led to the success of sailor's lights, again José Luis Perales was commissioned to make the material that would appear on the album broken heart, published in May 1992, whose single "is seeking another" had very good acceptance among its loyal audience. After a recording hiatus of more than three years, in October 1996, he published the album everlasting love, produced by Roberto Livi, with "Poor my hope" as a single presentation. In October 2002, it offered a concert in the Lyceum of Barcelona.
In 2007, Isabel Pantoja returned to be home from newspapers and magazines for reasons very alien to his artistic career. Their romantic relationship that was Mayor of Marbella, Julián Muñoz, implicated in a corruption scandal urban so monumental that a manager had to take care of the City Council, led to his arrest as a possible accomplice of May 2, 2007. He was free the next day, after paying bail of 90,000 euros, but it remains one of the implicated in the process, known as the Malaya case.