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Rocío Dúrcal

Rocío Dúrcal (October 4, 1944 – March 25, 2006), born as María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz, was a Spanish singer and actress, known artistically as Rocío Dúrcal. She is the best-selling Spanish solo artist to date with more than 80 million records sold. Dúrcal was born in the working class district of Cuatro Caminos, Madrid (Spain). She was the daughter of Tomás de las Heras and María Ortiz. She was involved in much of the domestic chores, and helped in raising her younger siblings, thus missed classes at school. Ever since she had begun primary school, she always wished for a career as an actress, a fact which remained secret for a while. Meanwhile, at school recess, the future artist had her first audience with her classmates, who asked her to sing. Later her presence in school as a singer became common. Although her parents supported her talent, they did not want it to become her career. After completing primary education, she worked as an apprentice hairdresser in her neighborhood.

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