Manuel Alejandro

Born: February 21st, 1932, Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish

Between the 1960s and the 1990s, Manuel Alejandro, born into a family of musicians, composed an endless string of love ballads for many artists, including Hernaldo Zúñiga, Enrique Guzman, and Plácido Domingo. Among his songs are ‘Lo mejor de tu vida’ and ‘Un hombre solo’ which are amongst the most famous in Julio Iglesias’ repertoire. He composed entire albums for Mexican singer Emmanuel. Between 1972 and 1974, Alejandro released three albums as a singer. He is, however, best known for his work as a composer, arranger, and producer for Raphael Martos.

Manuel Alejandro composed two ballads with which Raphael represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest, the first one being ‘Yo soy aquél’, which came seventh in the contest of 1966 and was conducted by Rafael Ibarbia. One year after, Alejandro again wrote lyrics, music, and orchestration of a Raphael song for the contest, this time ‘Hablemos del amor’; on this second occasion, Alejandro conducted the Eurovision orchestra himself.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Manuel Alejandro will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1967: Hablemos del amor