Juan Carlos Calderón

Born: July 7th, 1938, Santander (Spain)
Died: November 25th, 2012, Madrid (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish

Juan Carlos Calderón López de Arrobaye studied the piano at the conservatories of Santander and Madrid. Playing the piano, he performed in famous Madrid jazz clubs, such as the Whisky Jazz and El Bourbon Street. In the 1960s and 1970s, he recorded several jazz records; moreover, he formed the Jazz-Tet de Madrid and worked with international jazz legends including Count Basie, Sara Vaughan, Henri Mancini, and Stephane Grappelli. In the late 1960s, he started composing and arranging pop music for Joan Manuel Serrat, El Dúo Dinámico, Mocedades, and many more. As a composer and conductor, he participated in several song festivals, including OTI (1975 and 1977), Viña del Mar, and Yamaha (Tokyo). From the 1980s onwards, he also worked with American and Mexican artists, such as Herb Alpert, Ricky Martin, and Luis Miguel. Calderón also wrote film scores and among the prizes he won in recognition of his music are five Grammy Awards.

Juan Carlos Calderón’s first involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest was in 1968, when he arranged the music (later reworked by conductor Rafael Ibarbia) for ‘La, la, la’, sung by Massiel, the first-ever Spanish winner of the contest. Calderón participated four times with a song written, composed, arranged, and conducted by himself: in 1973 with the worldwide hit record ‘Eres tú’ by Mocedades, in 1975 with ‘Tú volverás’ by Sergio & Estíbaliz, in 1985 with ‘La fiesta terminó’ by Paloma San Basilio, and in 1989 with ‘Nacida para amar’ by Nina. Moreover, in 1974 Calderón wrote the orchestration to ‘Canta y se feliz’ for Peret and would have conducted the Eurovision orchestra for him, but Calderón fell ill just before the festival and was replaced by Rafael Ibarbia.

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Songs conducted
1973: Eres tú
1975: Tú volverás
1985: La fiesta terminó
1989: Nacida para amar