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Raised in the bosom of a working class family, daughter of a male flamenco singer and a female dancer, Isabel Pantoja was strongly influenced by her parents to become an artist, debuting on a stage at the age of seven. As a teenager, Isabel Pantoja joined a dance group, later she moved to Madrid where she met Juan Solano and they decided to start working together. The singer debuted in 1974 with an album called Fue Por Tu Voz. After falling in love with bullfighter Francisco Rivera, the couple got married in April of 1983. A year later, Rivera passed away after a tragic accident during a bullfight. In 1985, Isabel Pantoja recorded Marinero De Luces, dedicated to her former husband, presented live at Madrid's Lope De Vega Theatre. That album became the artist's breakthrough. She released fifteen albums throughout the '90s and '00s and her popularity soared. Unfortunately in 2007, she was arrested and jailed for being an accomplice to her ex-boyfriend's activities regarding money laundering and other criminal activities. She was sentenced to 24 months in jail in early 2013. ~ Drago Bonacich