On a Saturday afternoon a few months ago, my kids and I were travelling in heavy traffic and this song came on the radio. I asked the ‘taxista’ who was singing and ta-da Rocio Durcal – El Amor Mas Bonito (The Most Beautiful Love).
Rocio Durcal’s real name is María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz. She was a Spanish singer and actress, but known as La Española more Mexicana for her contributions to music in Mexico. In 2005 Dúrcal received a Latin Grammy Award for musical excellence, and creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance.
The most beautiful love I have
The truth that I stand by
You are the feeling that makes me live
Full of illusions and motivations
new to me
(loose English translation)
Dúrcal began her artistic career by participating in various radio song festivals and competitions, secretly supported by her paternal grandfather, who always believed in her talent and became her first fan. In 1959, with the approval of her parents, she participated in the television program Primer Aplauso, broadcast by Televisión Española. The theme that she chose for the contest was the traditional song “La sombra vendo”. Luis Sanz, a Madrid manager who watched the show, was impressed by her talent and personality. Sanz contacted the program for the name and the address of the young contestant.
If you want to get an idea of how prodigious Rocio Durcal was in the music industry I invite you to view the selected discography on her wikipage. It boggles my mind how she did all that and how dedicated she must have been to her art.
Rocio’s presence on stage as seen below is one for the ages and the band is crap, but try to keep up with her. You don’t see anything like that anymore. Pure art. Spectacular. A true singer, with an unattainable talent and above all with her beautiful prudence with dress and dancing…
Rocío Durcal, lo mejor de la música, su estilo, delicadeza y bravura con que se expresa a en el escenario fueron su sello. Muchas canciones cantadas por ella fueron compuestas por el hoy también fallecido Juan Gabriel el mejor de Mexico