Antonio Morales Barretto, better known as Junior, was a Filipino-born Spanish singer and actor who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the co-founder of the Indigo Theatre Project, a non-profit organization that produced staged readings of new and classic plays. He was also the husband of the late Spanish singer and actress Rocío Dúrcal, and the uncle of the Philippine actresses Gretchen, Claudine, and Marjorie Barretto. He passed away on April 15, 2014, at his home in Torrelodones, Spain. He was 70 years old. What was the cause of his death? How did he live his life? This article will explore these questions and pay tribute to the late Antonio Morales Barretto.
A Life of Music and Adventure
Antonio Morales Barretto was born on September 10, 1943, in Manila, Philippines, to a Spanish father and a Filipina mother. He was the eldest of five brothers. He grew up in Manila during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, and at 15 years old, his family emigrated to Barcelona, Spain, eventually settling in Madrid.
He started his musical career in 1958, as part of the group Jump, a pioneering Spanish electric guitar group. He then joined Los Brincos, one of the most popular Spanish pop-rock bands of the 1960s, along with Juan Pardo, Fernando Arbex, and Manuel González. He later formed a duo with Pardo, called Juan y Junior, and released several hit songs, such as “Anduriña”, “La Caza”, and “Nada”. He also sang a Spanish version of “Fool on the Hill” by The Beatles, which was included in his solo album Junior in 1976.
He also pursued an acting career, appearing in several Spanish and Philippine films, such as Me Enveneno De Azules, Good Morning Sunshine, and Disco Madhouse. He also recorded three albums in Tagalog for the Philippines, where he was well-known and loved by many fans. Some of his most popular songs in the Philippines were “Yakap”, “Excuse Me”, and “But If You Leave Me”.
A Tragic and Mysterious Death
Antonio Morales Barretto died on April 15, 2014, under mysterious circumstances. His family and friends have never publicly revealed the exact cause of his death. , he went on a boating trip and never returned. His body was reportedly found on the shore days later, but no official confirmation or explanation has been given.
His death was a shock and a sorrow for many who knew him and admired his work. His colleagues and collaborators expressed their grief and condolences on social media, praising his talent, professionalism, and kindness. His fans and audiences also paid their respects and tributes, thanking him for his contributions and achievements.
Antonio Morales Barretto left behind a legacy of work and a lasting impact on the music and entertainment industry. He was admired by his peers and fans for his skill and dedication. He was also loved for his humor and generosity. He was a talented and wonderful person. He will be remembered and missed by many. His cause of death was a mystery, but his legacy lives on. He was a true star and a friend. Rest in peace, Antonio Morales Barretto.