Joselito

Real Name:
José Jiménez Fernández
Profile:
José Jiménez Fernández (born 11 February 1947), commonly known as Joselito, was a child star in Spain during the 1950s and 1960s. Joselito was born in Beas de Segura, Jaén, northeast Andalucia in Spain. Joselito made his film debut at the age of 9 and began making other films, including "El Pequeño Ruiseñor", "Saeta del Ruiseñor", "El Ruiseñor de las Cumbres", "Escucha mi Canción", "El Pequeño Coronel", "Aventuras de Joselito en America", "Los Dos Golfillos", "Bello Recuerdo", and El caballo blanco (The White Horse) with Antonio Aguilar. Besides acting, Joselito was a popular juvenile singer with notable voice and songs such as "La Campanera", "Dónde estará mi vida", "Gorrioncillo pecho amarillo", "En un pueblito español", "Clavelitos", "Doce Cascabeles", "Las Golondrinas", "El Pastor", "Granada", and "Ave María".

"The Little Nightingale", as he was widely known in Spain when he became a widely successful child star, had a very troubled childhood that led to an even more troubled life as an adult. José Jiménez Fernández was born in Beas de Segura (Jaén, Andalucía, Spain), on February 11, 1943, although some sources claim it was in 1947, due to false advertising by the studios that made his movies, and which wanted to make him appear younger than he really was (an obsession that haunted him through the whole of his career), pretending he was 9 at the moment of his debut, when he actually was 13.

Discovered as a singer by Luis Mariano, who got him to perform in France, Joselito was introduced to the movie business in 1956 by Antonio del Amo, who directed him in his first feature, Pequeño ruiseñor, El (1956) ("The Little Nightingale"), where he earned his famous nickname. Spanish film studios were looking for a new child star to follow the steps of Pablito Calvo, and make popular and populist folkloric movies, which were big box-office hits in Spain during Franco's dictatorship.

After several movies and records, and already a big star as a singer and an actor in Europe, the next move was trying to triumph in America, so Joselito went to Mexico where he filmed various projects, starting by Aventuras de Joselito y Pulgarcito (1960), which paired him with Mexican child star 'Cesáreo Quezadas Pulgarcito to grant local box-office. His success even reached the USA, where he appeared to great acclaim in "Toast of the Town" (1948) with Ed Sullivan. However, life was not too glamorous for Joselito, as he was treated almost as a sideshow act by his managers, not allowing him to become the teenager he was (that was a milestone in Spanish "child prodigies" under Franco: trying to keep them as little kids for as long as possible), and even locking him in his room between rehearsals so he couldn't meet girls. He was forced to keep his childlike image up to 1969 (when he was in his mid-twenties), when he appeared in his last film, Prisionero en la ciudad (1969). But, as his voice had long broken, he was not successful anymore and he retired, disappearing from public life until it was discovered much later that he had become a heroin addict and even worked as a mercenary in Africa.
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Albums

LPM-1979 Joselito - A Little Boy Sings Flamenco album art Joselito A Little Boy Sings Flamenco RCA Victor LPM-1979 US 1959 Sell This Version
LPD-506 Joselito - Joselito In New York album art Joselito Joselito In New York (Album) Discuba LPD-506 US 1961 Sell This Version
MKL-1319 Joselito - El Triunfador Joselito album art Joselito El Triunfador Joselito (Album, Comp) RCA MKL-1319 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
130.279 Joselito - Les Derniers Succès De album art Joselito Les Derniers Succès De (Album) RCA Victor 130.279 France 1962 Sell This Version
430.582 Joselito - Le Rossignol album art Joselito Le Rossignol(LP) RCA Victor 430.582 France 1963 Sell This Version
130 283 S Joselito - Chansons Des Films " Le Cavalier Blanc " Et  " Mon Ami Joselito " album art Joselito Chansons Des Films " Le Cavalier Blanc " Et " Mon Ami Joselito "(10", Album) RCA Victor 130 283 S France 1963 Sell This Version
MKL 1702 Joselito - Joselito Vagabundo album art Joselito Joselito Vagabundo (Album) RCA Victor MKL 1702 US 1966 Sell This Version
431.020 Joselito - Chansons Du Far-West album art Joselito Chansons Du Far-West(LP) RCA Victor 431.020 France 1966 Sell This Version
MKS-1778 Joselito - "El Nuevo" album art Joselito "El Nuevo" (Album) RCA Victor MKS-1778 Mexico 1968 Sell This Version
PL 37008 C Joselito - Fantastico Joselito album art Joselito Fantastico Joselito(2xLP, Album) RCA PL 37008 C France 1977 Sell This Version
CD 69005 Joselito - Aires de Libertad album art Joselito Aires de Libertad(CD, Album) Joselito Records CD 69005 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
MKL-1438 Joselito - El Chaval De Oro album art Joselito El Chaval De Oro (Album) RCA Victor MKL-1438 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
MKL-1198 Joselito - Vol. II album art Joselito Vol. II (Album, Comp) RCA Victor MKL-1198 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
FPL1 7009 Joselito - Les Plus Belles Chansons De Joselito - L'Enfant Á La Voix D'Or album art Joselito Les Plus Belles Chansons De Joselito - L'Enfant Á La Voix D'Or(LP) RCA Victor FPL1 7009 France Unknown Sell This Version
CAL-3231 Joselito Donde Estara Mi Vida(LP, Album, Mono) RCA CAL-3231 Argentina Unknown Sell This Version
DG-1085 Joselito - Joselito album art Joselito Joselito(LP) Borinquen DG-1085 Puerto Rico Unknown Sell This Version
430.193 Joselito - L'enfant A la Voix D'or album art Joselito L'enfant A la Voix D'or(LP) RCA Victor 430.193 France Unknown Sell This Version
05(0121)00385 Joselito - Colombia Tiene Una Copla  album art Joselito Colombia Tiene Una Copla (LP, Album) RCA Victor 05(0121)00385 Colombia Unknown Sell This Version
21839 Joselito - Joselito album art Joselito Joselito(CD, Album) LaserLight Digital 21839 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ave 129 Joselito - El Pequeño Ruiseñor album art Joselito El Pequeño Ruiseñor (EP) RCA ave 129 Argentina 1958 Sell This Version
3-24136 Joselito - Clavelitos / Colombia Tiene Una Copla / Doce Cascabeles / Por Llamarte Marisol album art Joselito Clavelitos / Colombia Tiene Una Copla / Doce Cascabeles / Por Llamarte Marisol (EP) RCA 3-24136 Spain 1959 Sell This Version
45.327 Joselito - Sueño Despierto - Campanera album art Joselito Sueño Despierto - Campanera(7", EP, Jukebox) RCA 45.327 France 1959 Sell This Version
75.518 Joselito - Joselito N 3 album art Joselito Joselito N 3(7", EP) RCA 75.518 France 1959 Sell This Version
75.548 Joselito - 4 album art Joselito 4 (EP) RCA 75.548 France 1960 Sell This Version
75 559, 75.559 Joselito - Mi Títo Fernando (Chansons Du Film "Escucha Mi Canción") album art Joselito Mi Títo Fernando (Chansons Du Film "Escucha Mi Canción") (EP) RCA, RCA 75 559, 75.559 France 1960 Sell This Version