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This was the fight between Raphael and Julio Iglesias that the documentary does not tell

  • 'Raphaelismo' does not mention the conflicts he had with his record company Hispavox in the 1960s nor with the other great Spanish melodic artist

  • Like the 'beefs' between current musicians, but with the press as a stage, the competition between them became an open confrontation that was later buried

In 1962, Raphaël, with ph and diaeresis, signed his first recording contract with Philips, a company with which he remained until 1963, the year in which he won the first prize of the Benidorm Song Festival and signed for Barclay. After posting a couple of singles at the French record company, in 1964 Raphael signed, now without an umlaut and at the age of 21, an exclusive contract with Hispavox, for which he was obliged to record 40 songs in five years. Months before the deadline, Raphael had already registered the 40 mandatory songs and seven more courtesy songs. Therefore, and considering that he had been released from his obligations to Hispavox, the artist and his representative decided to sign with the company Odeon.

To avoid losing the one who was one of its most profitable artists, Hispavox filed a lawsuit against the singer from Linares, requested the seizure of the records that Odeon had pressed and distributed in countries such as France, the United States, Mexico, Argentina or Colombia and published full-page advertisements in different newspapers to inform the public and record store managers that Raphael was an exclusive Hispavox artist and that, consequently, four Any work published under another label was illegal.

Labor Court ruled in favor of Hispavox and Raphael continued to be linked to the record company, which did not hesitate to demand damages and damages amounting to 87 million pesetas from then, to which another claim for breach of contract filed by Odeon would be added.

In February 1969, in statements to the newspaper ABC, Paco Gordillo,


de Raphael, denied having knowledge of the Odeon lawsuit, while being calm about the claim of Hispavox, to whose managers he sent a veiled warning: “When Hispavox asks for that money, I suppose he will have his reasons, but it is not in accordance with the settlements that they have made to Raphael . The 87 million pesetas they claim do not agree in the slightest with the settlements they have made. I would like to know the number of records that Hispavox planned to sell”.

The press of the time did not mention the problems between the record company and the artist, who continued to be linked to Hispavox until 1988, the year in which he joined CBS, a detail that invites one to think that the parties cleared the amount claimed with those assumptions royalties not satisfied and redirected their employment relationship without major problems. On this issue, the artist does not comment on Raphaelism , the documentary series that Charlie Arnaiz and Alberto Ortega have directed for Movistar+ and that it is a rather hagiographic account of the singer in which the shadows of his biography barely appear. The curious thing is that he appears in the documentary Lucas Vidal, responsible for the production of the album Raphael Resinphonic and grandson of José Manuel Vidal Zapater , founder and CEO of Hispavox when the litigation occurred and whose figure is treated cordially in the series, although without going into more detail.


Another of the thorny issues that is tiptoed over in this program are the political sympathies s that at that time the Andalusian artist seemed to profess, who participated in the Christmas charity galas presided over by Franco's wife , Carmen Polo, and that in 1996 he still said he hoped “history would do justice to Franco”. “Raphael was very right-wing —says the journalist Rosa Villacastín— However, when she met José Bono, she changed . He must have given him some speeches as a father and my dear sir, which made him change. If he hasn't managed to has signed up for the PSOE, it has been a miracle. Julio Iglesias, for example, is not like that. He is still from Aznar and the Popular Party. Look what it will be like, he calls me the Red“.

The rivalry with Julio Iglesias is another of the issues that the Movistar+ documentary avoids, despite the fact that, in 1988, both artists starred in a bitter controversy. In March of that year, Raphael was in Venezuela presenting Appearances are deceiving

, his first album for CBS after leaving Hispavox. At the end of his performance at the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, the artist and several directors of the record company met with a group of journalists. In that impromptu press conference, Raphael began to criticize Julio Iglesias, also a CBS artist, for whom he did not save scathing and derogatory comments .

Among them: “I find it very strange that a person who does not know how to vocalize has been able to gel in a nation where music is a queen”, “I sing 100 times better than him, and my performances are hilarious, and his, very boring” or “15 years ago Julio Iglesias took my bags and called me teacher”.

The statements were collected by Black and White, Sunday supplement of ABC that, during the week prior to its publication, was baiting the issue through full-page ads in the newspaper. Despite this publicity and the echo that the controversy had in gossip magazines, Adrian Vogel —one of the most prominent executives in the Spanish industry who came to be at the CBS headquarters in New York— acknowledges not having news of the incident and is shocked at Raphael's behavior. “I have no memory of this before, during or after. What's more, I think the two got along very well. They collaborated on the tribute to Lola Flores in Miami and, as a result of that, Raphael signed for CBS”, comments Vogel , in whose opinion, the comment of “carrying the suitcases” would be nothing more than “a phrase made to define a debutante or amateur.In soccer it would be like eat at the same table “.

Julio Iglesias did not understand the phrase in the sense proposed by Vogel. A week later and after the corresponding promotion by the newspaper ABC, supplement White y Negro

published the response of the singer from Madrid to the comments of his professional colleague. “Raphael should only open his mouth to sing”, “I am succeeding everywhere and he does not eat a thread” or “Raphael makes up gossip. He goes overboard and there is no one to stop him. Cassius Clay before a fight” were some of the phrases that Iglesias – who had just been awarded a Grammy for best Latin artist for his album A man alone– he gave Raphael.

“In that At that time, Julio had already gone to the Arab countries or to Israel and Raphael had acted in the USSR. Although it is true that this type of thing could generate a certain rivalry between them, they have always gotten along well. It is true that they do not go out together , because Julio's life is not like Raphael's, to whom Natalia Figueroa has always controlled, but they respect each other. That's why he doesn't hit me. e behavior in Raphael. They must have caught him in a moment of anger because he is not a person who messes with n nobody, at least as far as I know”, comments Rosa Villacastín.

“We never see each other”

On March 29, 1988, Jesus Maria Amilibia collected in its section People of ABC

Raphael's apologies to Julio Iglesias. “I have said things that I shouldn't say, things that are said without giving them much importance and that later, when you see them written in the newspapers, they hurt your eyes… I've said some nonsense. Well, then I apologize and as soon as I see Julio we will give each other a big hug . It won't happen again. What happened is old news”, declared the artist from Linares.

However, and contrary to what he himself stated, the controversy would last for some time and, again, because of Raphael.In June 1988 , and on the occasion of the promotion in Barcelona of Appearances are deceiving, the newspaper La Vanguardia

collected some new statements from the artist in which he denied the older one and stated that he had never said anything offensive against Julio Iglesias. “It is very painful to contemplate how things can be poisoned – he laments with a bitter mood – for something that I have never said. This whole thing has made me feel terrible because I'm sure Julio hasn't said anything against me either. We have never seen each other, for many years, but I know he is very smart and it is not possible for anyone to catch him saying something derogatory about anyone”, commented Raphael, who then took the opportunity to send another message to Julio : “In a time, about 15 years ago, we saw each other from time to time and I remember that he affectionately called me teacher. Now I don't see him act nor does he see me because we are both very busy”. This time, Julio didn't even notice.

Two years after that disagreement, Raphael and Julio Iglesias publicly showed that they had passed c page. It was on June 3, 1991, when the training ship Juan Sebastián Elcano made a stopover in Miami. That day, Julio Iglesias, his father the doctor Iglesias Puga, Chabeli, Julio José, Enrique, Raphael, Natalia Figueroa, Alexandra, Jacob and Alejandro swore to the flag, in an act in which he also participated Bertin Osborne , at that time based in the American city.

“Julio has absolute loyalty to Spain. Even José Bono says that, with relations with the United States stalled, the one who managed to open the doors was Julio Iglesias. In that aspect, at the Internationally, the star is Julio. That's why he hasn't been given a thumbs up. great tribute in this country, it weighs him down like a slab —explains Rosa Villacastín—. In addition, he has realized that, while his career is ending, Raphael's continues. After transplanting his liver, it has been a resurgence, he has been able to renew himself, listen to the advice of other people, of his children and reach a younger audience. On the other hand, I think it has also had to do with the fact that, after living in Miami for a few years, Raphael returned to Spain. People consider him from here, while Julio is seen as further away. In any case, if Julio sang tomorrow at the Bernabéu, I am convinced that he would fill it. The problem is that he is no longer able to sing because he has suffered a lot because of his leg. They had to operate on him and, although he is not as bad as they say, he is no longer the July to eat the world and fuck 3,000 ladies, which seems like a lot to me, but coming from him, I even believe it”.

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