Julio Iglesias was born on September 23, 1943, in Madrid, Spain. Although he was an avid soccer player in his youth, a paralyzing car accident in the 1960s cut short any hopes of pursuing a professional soccer career. In order to rehabilitate, among other therapies, he learned how to play the guitar and began writing his own songs. By 1968, he had won an international Spanish song festival in Benidorm and began touring.
Iglesias' fame rose throughout the 1970s and he released such hits as "Manuela." In 1978, CBS International approached him about signing a contract to produce albums in English, Portugese, French, and German, and he shortly thereafter released his first English song "Begin the Beguine." This began the period where Julio Iglesias was at the peak of his popularity. He recorded several more English hits, including a compilation album Julio and duets with several American artists, including The Beach Boys and The Pointer Sisters.
Other duets performed include "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" with Willie Nelson, "All of You" with Diana Ross, and "My Love" with Stevie Wonder. Following his success in the 1980s, Julio Iglesias returned to recording in Spanish only. Despite the transition, however, Iglesias has remained a popular Latin singer. He has had a number of hit albums, including 1996's Tango, 2003's Divorcio, and 2006's Romantic Classics. The latter album has been Iglesias' highest Billboard charting album thus far, debuting at #31. Julio Iglesias tours have also continued, allowing him to tally up over 1,500 concerts.
Julio Iglesias has eight children, two of whom, Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias, Jr., have followed him into music. His first child, Chabeli Iglesias, is a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area. He was married to Isabel Preysler during the 1970s and is now engaged to dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger.