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Jose Luis Perales Biography

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José Luis Perales (born January 18, 1945 in Castejón-Cuenca, Spain) is a talented singer and composer who has presented part of his extensive work in Carnegie Hall, New York. Since tender age, he showed his pasion for music, and at age 6, he learned how to play the lute. At 16, Perales studied to be an Electrical Engineer at the Universidad Laboral of Sevilla with a scolarship. He joined the tune and learned how to play the guitar. And it was there when he knew that music was going to be part of his life. After university, Perales went to Madrid where he finished his studies and continued with his music. His first opportunity was as a composer because he did not like to sing and did not want problems with his girlfriend, Manuela. Encouraged by her mother, Mariana, Perales sang in his hometown and some local festivals. However, it is not until he met Rafael Trabucchelli (main Spanish music producer of the time) in 1970 that his carrer changed totally. Trabucchelli tried to convince Perales to sing but not good results. Perales composed "Por que te vas?" (why do you leave?) performed by Jeanette, which sold 4 million copies worldwide in 1972, and it is how Trabucchelli finally persuaded him to sing. Perales humbly admitted that it was luck what allowed him to succed. As a home-loving and family man, he had trouble to adapt himself to his new life and leave his current job to dedicate himself to his new career. Despite of his success, Perales is still a humble family man who still lives in Castejon with his now wife, Manuela, which whom he has a son and a daugther, Pablo and Maria. Perales has recorded 27 productions with more than 50 million copies sold worldwide. His compositions have been recorded by singers such as Raphael, Rocio Jurado, Jeanette, Miguel Bose, Isabel Pantoja, Julio Iglesias, Paloma San Basilio, Mocedades, and La Oreja de Van Gogh among others. His concerts have included countries such as Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the USA, Brazil, Italy, France, Portugal. He just recently had a concert in the Kodak Theatre and will be moving eastward on his tour. He does not come to America very often but when he does, the seats are filled.
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