One of our most talented songwriters and the composer of some of the best Spanish entries in the Eurovision Song Contest such as “Eres tú”, “Tú volverás”, “La fiesta terminó” and “Nacida para amar” died yesterday at the age of 74..
Juan Carlos Calderón (born in Santander in 1938) was probably one of our most famous and important songwriters and musicians. His career started in 1960 when he became part of a jazz band. Afterwards he moved to Madrid to continue his studies and became more interested in pop: he did not know yet that he was going to become one of the best instrumental pop composers of the world.
His first contact with Eurovision took place in 1968, when he arranged the song “La La La” for Joan Manuel Serrat (who in the end did not want to sing the song in Spanish and was replaced by Massiel). But his big hits came in the 70s and 80s: “Eres tú”, considered as the best Spanish Eurovision entry and “Tú volverás”, performed by Sergio y Estíbaliz in 1975. He came back to Eurovision in 1984 with “La fiesta terminó”, which came 14th in Göteborg but became one of the most popular songs of Paloma San Basilio. His last time in Eurovision was in 1989 with “Nacida para amar”, performed by Nina, which came 6th in Lausanne. During all these years, he worked as well with many Spanish and South-American singers.
During the 90s and the 2000s, he worked with important artists such as the Mexican singer Luis Miguel or the Spanish singer David Bustamante (Operación Triunfo 2001) and had many small contributions with other singers and bands.
Some of his songs became hits all over the world, like “Eres tú”:
Thank you for your music, Mr. Calderón. Descanse en paz.