Julio Juramillo

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One of Latin America's most influential vocalists, Julio "J.J." Juramillo (born: Julio Juramillo Laurido) continues to inspire Latin singers two decades after his death. Among the more than four thousand…
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One of Latin America's most influential vocalists, Julio "J.J." Juramillo (born: Julio Juramillo Laurido) continues to inspire Latin singers two decades after his death. Among the more than four thousand boleros, pasillos, waltzes, tangos and rancheros that he recorded were such classic hits as "Con El Amor En Los Labios," "Cinco Centavitos," "Flores Negras," "Guayaquil De Mis Amores," "Rosaio De Besos," "Licor Bendito" and his most famous tune, "Nuestro Juramento." In addition to scores of solo recordings, Juramillo collaborated with such top-rated Latin performers as Olimpo Cardenas, Carlos Rubira Infante, Daniel Santos, Pepe Juramillo and Alci Acosta. Juramillo's reputation as a drinker and womanizer was nearly as established as his abilities to sing. Learning to play guitar as a youngster, he recorded his debut single, a campaign song for the CFP (Concentracion De Fuerzas Populares), in the early-1950s. Leaving Ecuador in 1966, he temporarily settled in Colombia and Venezuelan before moving on to Mexico. In July 1976, he returned to Ecuador to perform in a show celebrating the anniversary of a record store, J. D. Feraud Guzman. Juramillo's birthday has been designated as "Dia Del Pasillo Ecuatoriano (Ecuadorian Pasillo Day)" in his homeland.