Rocío Dúrcal (October 4, 1944 – March 25, 2006), born as María de los Ángeles de Las Heras Ortíz, was a Spanish singer and actress. Durcal was born in the working class district of Cuatro Caminos, Madrid (Spain).
She began her artistic career by participating in various festivals and radio competitions. In 1959 at 15 years old, with the approval of her parents, she sang a traditional song “La Sombra Vendo” on a Spanish television program. Luis Sanz, a talent seekerof Madrid, saw the program and was impressed by her talent and personality, so much so that Sanz had contacted the program to request the name and address of the young contestant.
Sanz then helped launch her career as a professional singer. Her name would be inappropriate to launch her into stardom, and so Sanz decided in calling her Rocio Dúrcal. At the age of 17 she was offered a role in “Canción de Juventud.” Dúrcal went on to record several albums of Mexican ranchera music produced by Juan Gabriel which sold millions of records in Mexico, Spain, the U.S. and the rest of Latin America. She also became a well-known actress, starring in feature films.
After acting in several films she married Filipino singer Antonio Morales (a.k.a. Júnior), a member of the Pop group Los Brincos. In 1975, after having two of her three children, she retired from the film industry and in 1977 re-launched her singing career.
After a lengthy battle with cancer, Dúrcal died at her home in Torrelodones, Madrid on March 25, 2006. Her style influenced many female mariachi and ranchera singers from Mexico as well as the Hispanic community of the U.S.
Dúrcal has sold more than 53 million records worldwide. For her work as a recording artist, Durcal was inducted into the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City.