Rocío Jurado was a famous Spanish singer who was born in Chipiona, she had a privileged voice, we can not forget this part of Spain has given to the world great figures of traditional flamenco, both famous (Lola Flores, Camarón de la Isla…) and unknown.
Her art was probably inherited from her grandmother, her father and her mother who sang very well. She decided to be a singer and with hard work she made a name as singer. Her father was a humble shoemaker, a master of “Cante Jondo”, although not professionally. He loved gypsy culture. Her mother was a housewife, but a great “Spanish Song” singer. She was one of her best friends and her confidante.
Rocío made her first public presentation was at age 8, in a Divina Pastora School Play.
She was known as “The winning girl”, because she won all the radio contests in which she participated. Her first award was in 1958, in Álvarez Quintero theatre (Sevilla). The prize was 200 pesetas (1.20 Euros), a soda bottle and stockings.
Since she was very young, she succeeded in flamenco and Spanish Music. In 1962, when she was 17 years old, won the first prize in “fandangos” from Huelva y Cádiz.
She was who transformed the copla (Spanish Song), begun to use evening dress in performances, although she never stop wearing the typical flamenco dress, neither traditional tail coat suit, nor flamenco combs.
At the beginning, she was criticize for being the first using suggestive clothing on stage, but soon many artists followed her steps.
She was chosen “Lady Spain”, “Lady Europe”, was named Carnival Queen in Miami, has a Star on Calle Ocho in Miami, city that has a day dedicated to her, received from the King Juan Carlos the gold medal of the arts , was named “favorite daughter” of the Cádiz province and “adopted daughter” of the Cádiz town and chosen as the best female voice in the century.
In Chipiona was named “favorite daughter” and received the medal to the touristic promotion. Her songs are known around the world.
She is known as “The Force”, “The Power”, “The Artist”, “The Biggest”, “The Cantaora”, “The Voice”, because she ventures with all flamenco “palo”: bulerías, seguidillas; and ballads, coplas, rancheras and blues, tanguillos, romances, peteneras...
Her last TV performance was on December 21, 2005, reaching an audience of 3.5 million viewers.
ROCIO JURADO RELATED SITES
1. ROCÍO JURADO MAUSOLEUM
She is remembered with a mausoleum since 2008. The bronze sculpture shows the artist sitting on a marble structure, under a glass pyramid. The artist wears a traditional tail coat suit and shows in her left hand a carnation and in the other hand a Virgen de Regla Medal.
2. AVENUE ROCIO JURADO
This street is named “Avenue Rocío Jurado” since June 27, 1977, when the mayor of the town was Mr. Antonio Rodríguez Caballero.
The idea was to create, around this Avenue, a neighborhood whose streets names were related with the Spanish copla figures (Paquita Rico Street, Juanita Reina Street, Gracia Montes Street…)
In this avenue, we find Rocío Jurado monument. The statue faces the neighborhood where she was born. It is a full-length standing figure measuring 2.40 meters high, surrounded by pilasters (8 meters). It’s a bronze statue by Juan de Ávalos.
3. El Barrio/ Larga Street. The house where she was born.
In this street, we find a commemorative plaque attached to the wall of the house where the great artist was born.
Here lived Rocio with her parents, Fernando Mohedano and Rosario Jurado and her brothers Amador and Gloria.
4. Juan Carlos I Square. Parrish Our Lady of the O. baptismal font. The Hermitage Cristo de las Misericordias.
In this square she received the medal to touristic promotion thanks to the Centre for Tourism Initiatives in Chipiona chaired by Mr. José Díaz Martín, in April 1984. The event was held in this square where thousands of people attended, including the president of the Junta de Andalucía, D. José Rodríguez de la Borbolla and his wife, the general director for tourism, Miguel Villegas, the President of the County council of Cadiz, Alfonso Perales, the Civil Governor Mariano Baquedano and the Local Corporation.
From this square also accompanied the Virgen del Carmen procession to the pier, where the image was embarked.
In this square the program “Aires de España” was recorded for the National Television (TVE), on February 20, 1974.
In the Parrish was she baptized with a silver shell from 17th Century, the same that was used in 1977 to baptize her daughter Rocío.
5. The Sanctuary of Regla.
Everybody knows Rocio Jurado devotion to the Virgen de Regla, the town’s patron.
On May 21, 1976, Rocío got married in this church with the famous boxer Pedro Carrasco. She got to the church by horse drawn. All the city residents came out to see her and there were rockets and cheers for her.
In the church square, opposite the Sanctuary and by the sea, Rocío Jurado held a concert with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and the guitarist Enrique de Melchor in support of the International Center for Music. The 5000 chairs arranged were insufficient, because more than 7000 people attended this concert.
6. Regla Avenue. Villa “My grandmother Rocío”.
The artists home in Chipiona. In this house Rocío and her family saw the “Virgin of Regla” procession every September the 8th.
In the façade, thousands of people left written messages on her memory.
7. Las Canteras and Camaron Beaches.
In Las Canteras beach the video of the song “Me ha dicho la luna” was filmed and in Camarón some scenes of the film “La Lola se va a los puertos” were filmed, where people from Chipiona were movie extras.