Spanish singer and songwriter Miguel Ríos was born in June 1944. As a student, Ríos grew closer to his passion by singing with his school's chorus and listening to the radio every time twist songs were on the air.
By working at a music store, Ríos had the opportunity to meet people related to the local music scene who gave him a chance to start singing in front of an audience, starting as a backup singer. After recording a demo, he decided to send it to a major label in Madrid, choosing Philips
. The waiting ended in 1961 when the artist was contacted by the label. That same year, Ríos moved from Granada to the Spanish capital city, recording an EP called El Twist in 1962 as Mike Rios. Two years and six EPs, Ríos was starring in his first movie, called Dos Chicas Locas, Locas. In 1965, the singer left Philips
, and after working temporarily with Sonoplay, Ríos signed up to Hispavox
, releasing the smash hit single "Rio," and later his first full-length, Mira Hacia Ti. In May 1970, a second album came out which included "Himno a la Alegria," based on Beethoven
's ninth symphony; it became Ríos' first song to reach the Billboard charts. After leaving Hispavox
in the mid-'70s, Ríos self-produced an album released by Polygram
in 1977. By that time, the artist was getting world-wide recognition. In 1982, Miguel Ríos consolidated his career with the live double-album Rock & Ríos, recorded in Madrid. ~ Drago Bonacich, Rovi