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BIOGRAPHY

Antonio Romero Monge (Alcalá de Guadaira) and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones (Dos Hermanas) are the integral parts of what make up “Los del Río”. They got together in 1962 when they were 14 years old to participate in the  radio show, “Ronda del Domingo”, on Radio Sevilla Cadena Ser. It was the first time they performed in public, and they truly stunned the audience. They both worked in Dos Hermanas, a city that has watched them grow and develop artistically over the course of their career.

 

They landed their first contract with the help of one of the most important representatives during that time, Antonio Pulpón, in events hall, “El Guajiro”, in Seville, where they shared the stage with some of the biggest names in flamenco.

 

In 1966, their first cd was born with Columbia, a 4-song EP recorded live at the Lope de Vega Theatre in Sevilla. That same year, they made their debut in Madrid at the one of the most popular flamenco venues of its time, “Las Brujas”. From there, they moved their music through some of the best venues of Madrid, like “Caripén” by Lola Flores, and sang for major parties at the most important social events of the capital.

 

In 1969, they made their first trip to America, specifically Mexico, where they had the most success early on, as well as in Venezuela.

 

In the world of television, Los del Río participated in the show “Primer Aplauso”, presented by Joaquín Prat, in 1965. From then on, their career has continued to flourish, with thousands of performances around the world and an average of one new album per year, and discographies with Hispavox, Columbia, Disco-Fon, Zafiro and B.M.G. Ariola. They've collaborated with many artists on a national scale, such as Lola Flores, Julio Iglesias and Montserrat Caballé, among others.

 

They've also had the pleasure of getting to know important public figures such as King Hussein of Jordan, for whom they performed on various occasions, and King Don Juan Carlos when he was still the Prince of Asturias, whom they ended up accompanying to La Zarzuela to sing in the presence of Their Majesties.

 

They went on to record a special song as a tribute to the Universal Expo in 1992 in Seville called, “Sevilla tiene un color especial” (Seville has its own special color). It became the official song of the event, and it made waves, so much so that it continues to be played today, having made an appearance in the most seen movie in the history of Spanish film: Ocho apellidos vascos (Eight Basque Last Names).

 

But their biggest success came in 1993, the year they wrote their song “Macarena”, which marked a major turing point in their career. The song became a social phenomenon that not only made its way around the world, but also managed to break all imaginable records up to that point, in sales as well as the most heard song, awards, lists, etc. More than 14 million copies have been sold worldwide (four million in the US), where it remained number 1 on the Billboard for 14 consecutive weeks.

 

The success of “Macarena” extended over the course of several years, and was featured at some of the most important events of the world: Bill Clinton used it in his presidential campaign in the US; and it was the theme song of some of the most important sports competitions as well, like the Super Bowl, the Olympic Games in Atlanta, the NBA finals...

 

Los del Río are currently continuing to work and evolve professionally with the same passion and excitement as always for what they do, and they are still living in Dos Hermanas, after having recorded more than thirty albums. Throughout the length of their career, with more than 15 million discs sold,  they've also earned 250 Gold Record Awards and 120 Platinum Record Awards.

 

Their latest work was the recording of the newest version of the “Macarena” to support the Spanish Selection soccer team at the Brazil World Cup 2014.

Awards and distinctions

  • 1968. Top Awards 1967 Radio España
  • 1972. First place Sevillanímsa from the Cope
  • 1993. Song of the Summer Radiolé
  • 1995. The World Music Awards, Montecarlo
  • 1996. The World Music Awards, Montecarlo
  • 1996. Ondas Award
  • 1996. Hispanic Award in Miami for “Latin American phenomenon of the year”
  • 1996. "Lo nuestro" Award, Tropical Salsa Miami
  • 1996. SGAE Award for the most international song of the year
  • 1996. Coment Der Meienpreis Award “Von Viva” in Germany
  • 1996. “The Most Universal" Award from Cadena Ser Sevilla (radio)
  • 1997. Proclaimed “Macarena Day” on February 14th by New York City Hall
  • 1997. “The Big Golden Apple” Award by New York City Hall
  • 1997. Latin Award B.M.I.
  • 1998. A star on the Avenue of the Stars in Marbella
  • 1999. Ondas Award
  • 1999. Award from SGAE for Macarena for the song most heard on the radio and most danced to in the world in 1996 and 1997
  • 1999. "Golden Microphone" from Cadena Ser for Macarena, as the most significant song in the history of Spanish music
  • 2001. Recognition as “Universal Spaniards” by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the US
  • 2003. Golden Medal of Merit for their work, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Labour
  • 2004. Gold Medal by the Andalusian government
  • 2008. Concession of the keys to Miami
  • 2013. Gold Medal of Seville
  • 2014. Ondas Award for their career as musicians
CONTACT

+34 659 854 848 Cédric Volkman Robineau-Bourgneuf (internat.)
+34 649 049 477 Rafael Ruiz (national)