Augusto Algueró

Born: February 23rd, 1934, Barcelona (Spain)
Died: January 16th, 2011, Torremolinos (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish

Augusto Algueró started an academic study of medicine, but changed to the Conservatorio Municipal de Barcelona to become a professional musician. He composed popular songs (amongst which ‘Penélope’ for Joan Manuel Serrat) and more than 90 soundtracks for films for cinema and television from 1950 onwards. The TV programme ‘Historias de la frivolidad’, to which he had composed the music, won the 1967 Golden Rose of Montreux as well as the Golden Nymph of Monte Carlo. Two years later, the latter prize was again conferred upon a programme with a soundtrack by Algueró, ‘El irreal Madrid’. In 1998, Algueró received the American BMI Prize for ‘Penélope’ being the most interpreted song in Latin-America of all times. In 1972, Algueró was the musical director of the first OTI Festival, held in Madrid; during this contest, he conducted the entries of Spain, Portugal (which was represented by Algueró’s protégé Tonicha), and Uruguay.

In 1961, Algueró composed the music to Spain’s first-ever Eurovision entry, ‘Estando contigo’, which was sung by Conchita Bautista. In ’69, when the festival was organized in Madrid’s Royal Theatre, he was the musical director of the show, conducting two entries (Spain’s winning ‘Vivo cantando’ and Luxembourg’s entry, ‘Cathérine’). One year later, he accompanied Julio Iglesias to Amsterdam to conduct his Eurovision attempt ‘Gwendolyne’. In 1971, Algueró was not present at the contest, but he had arranged the music to the Portuguese entry, ‘Menina’ by Tonicha. One year later, finally, he composed, arranged, and conducted Spain’s entry ‘Amanece’ (with lyrics by Ramón Arcusa), which was sung by Jaime Morey.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Augusto Algueró will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1969: Cathérine
1969: Vivo cantando
1970: Gwendolyne
1972: Amanece

Musical director
1969: Madrid