And what a life it's been: 72 albums, million sold-and yet no greatest-hits album! The master of the love ballad--in at least six languages--has finally put his greatest hits, along with four new tracks, in a solid two-CD bilingual set. His early material from the s is solid stuff that reminds us of Iglesias's initial allure--his voice, at once mellifluous, melancholy, and warm. His early magic is evident on such heat generators as the plaintive but ultimately uplifting "Hey," the haunting "Abrazame," and the moving "Manuela. That song began a successful series of duets with other pop stars such as Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Diana Ross, all included here. Of poignant interest is "Summer Wind," sung with the late Frank Sinatra. Skip to main content.
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Iglesias is recognized as the most commercially successful continental European singer in the world and one of the top record sellers in music history , having sold more than million records worldwide in 14 languages. In , Iglesias was celebrated as having recorded songs in the most languages in the world, and in for being the artist in Latin music with the most records sold in history. In April in Beijing, he was honoured as the most popular international artist in China. In Brazil, France, Romania, Italy and elsewhere, Iglesias is the most successful foreign record seller, while in his home country, Spain, he has sold the most records in history, with 23 million records. He has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since Iglesias was born in Madrid to Julio Iglesias Sr. The name "Iglesias" translates as "churches", although Iglesias claims to be of Jewish ancestry on his maternal side. He has said that his mother's family name, "de la Cueva y Perignat", meaning literally "of the cave" and referring to Jewish people in hiding, is a common Jewish name. His professional football career was ruined when he was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him unable to walk for two years.
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