This December 24th, the Spanish broadcaster TVE is airing a concert hosted and performed by Raphael and other remarkable Spanish artists. Raphael's aim is to pay homage to Rocío Jurado (participant at the national preselection in 1971, Pasaporte a Dublín) and Rocío Dúrcal, both close friends with Raphael who died earlir this year. Moreover, it will be the first time that Raphael and his son, Manuel, sing together.
The Gala will start at 21.15 CET on TVE1. Carols, Christmas songs, tributes, surprising duets… will sound for four hours at the TVE Buñuel Studios. Amongst the guest artists to perform in this concert, Raphael has invited David Bisbal (Operación Triunfo 2002), Adamo, Paloma San Basilio (15th at Eurovision 1985), María Isabel (Junior Eurovision 2004 Winner), Chenoa, Alaska y Fangoria, Malú, Antonio Carmona, Enrique Bunbury, Álex Ubago, Ainhoa Arteta, El Arrebato, Juan Valderrama, Lolita, etc. All of them will sing live.
This is not the first Gala hosted and performed by Raphael on TVE. The Andalusian singer is a classic within the Christmas programmes on TVE: El Tamborilero (The Little Drummer Boy) Galas in the ages 60 or Nochebuena con Raphael (Christmas Eve with Raphael), more recently, are good examples. All these precious moments will be reminded with videos from the TVE's huge archive.
Raphael's career starts in 1962, when he won the Benidorm Song Festival. Since then, he has developed a great musical work. 326 gold discs, 49 platinum, and the only uranium disc given to an artist in the world prove Raphael's successful curriculum.
Raphael represented Spain twice. The first one, in Luxembourg 1966 with Yo soy aquél. This entry came 7th out of 18 countries. The following year, in Vienna 1967, Raphael was placed 6th amongst 17 countrieswith Hablemos del amor.