Julio Iglesias (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo iˈɣlesjas] born Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva; 23 September 1943) is a Grammy-winning Spanish singer and songwriter who has sold over 100 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released more than 80 albums, and more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified, making him one of the best selling artists of all time.
Igles Julio Jose Iglesias de la Cueva on 23 September 1943 in Madrid. He is the son of Julio Iglesias, Sr., a medical doctor from Ourense who became one of the youngest gynecologists in the country, and María del Rosario de la Cueva y Perignat (1919-2002). Iglesias’s paternal ancestry comes from Galicia, his paternal grandparents were named Manuela Puga Noguerol and Ulpiano Iglesias Sarria.
His maternal grandparents were José de la Cueva y Orejuela (1887-1955), and Dolores de Perignat y Ruiz de Benavides, who was a native of Puerto Rico. The name “Iglesias” translates as “churches;” likewise, Iglesias is of Jewish ancestry from his maternal side, having mentioned that his mother’s family name, “de la Cueva y Perignat,” meaning literally “of the cave,” referring to Jewish people in hiding, is a very common Jewish name.