Miguel Rios (b. June 7, 1944) is a Spanish singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known in the U.S. for "A Song Of Joy (Himno A La Alegria)" (1970), a pop/rock adaptation of the last movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony sung in both Spanish and English.
Born Miguel Rios Campaign in Granada, Spain, he made his first recordings at age 16 and became known locally as Mike Rios, the King of Twist. He recorded his first album in 1969, "Mira Hacia Ti," and by 1970, had become a major figure in the Spanish rock music scene. His long string of albums over the years also include "Rock & Rios" recorded live in 1982 which became the best selling album in Spain that year.
Rios made a big splash on the U.S. charts in 1970 with "A Song Of Joy (Himno A La Alegria)," which topped the Adult Contemporary charts and became a Pop/Rock Top 40 hit. Arranged and conducted by Waldo de los Rios, this symphonic rock composition became enormously popular in many other countries, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland, and made Rios internationally famous.
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- A Song Of Joy (Himno A La Alegria) 1970
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