Miguel Rios

Miguel Rios BIOGRAPHY

Miguel Rios

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1970

Miguel Rios created the first rock version of a classical song with his 1970 'Ode to Joy.'

A&M Records signed Rios for the U.S. Canada, Australia, England, the Far East and Scandanavia. A&M Records of Canada broke the single "A Song of Joy" in Canada and Detroit, Michigan. A&M Records in Los Angles had turned the single down. At the time, record labels in Canada had a difficilt time breaking records because radio station music directors used the U.S. music charts as a guide to programming. Rios was signed to Hispavox, S.A. of Madrid Spain (part of United Artists Music Group) and A&M obtained the rights from United. A&M in the U.S. rush-released the album because of the success of the single.

In 1970, the single "A Song of Joy" was ranked as the #29 Top Single in Australia.

On March 27, 1971, Billboard reported that "A Song of Joy" had sold over three million copies worldwide. Eventually ths song sold over four million copies. It sold over one million copies in Germany. The song was:

  • #1 in Germany, Malayzia, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria and Israel
  • #2 in Sweden, Brazil and France
  • #3 in Spain, Belgium, Holland and Hong Kong
  • #4 in South Africa
  • #7 in Singapore
  • #9 in Mexico
  • #11 in Chile
  • #15 in Ireland
  • #19 in Japan

SOURCES:
Song of Joy Biggest Selling Spanish Disk. Joaquin Luquo. Billboard, March 27, 1971.
Spanish Disks Break in Canada via Waldo & Migue. Ritchie Yorke. Billboard, November 20, 1971.
Go-Set Charts

PLAYERS IN THE BAND
Miguel Rios
   Born: Jun 07, 1944
   Instrument(s): vocals


Miguel Rios PHOTOS

Miguel Rios DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Miguel Rios U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
Song of JoyA&M RecordsSP 42671970

Miguel Rios U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
Himno a La Alegria/El RioA&M Records12031970
Himno a La Alegria/El RioA&M RecordsSP 80110000
Song of Joy (a)/El RioA&M Records11931970
Song of Joy/Himno A La AlegriaA&M RecordsAM 85450000

Miguel Rios U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Himno a La Alegria/El Rio19701203
Himno a la Alegria (Song Of Joy)
El Rio

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Himno a La Alegria/El Rio0SP 8011
Himno a La Alegria
El Rio

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Song of Joy1970SP 4267
Song Of Joy (Himno a la Alegria)
She's Gone
Look To Your Soul
Life I Knew
Vuelvo a Granada
Second Glance
Soledad
River (the)
Like An Old Movie
(Himno a la Alegria

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Song of Joy (a)/El Rio19701193
Song of Joy (a)
El Rio

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Song of Joy/Himno A La Alegria0AM 8545
Song Of Joy
Himno a la Alegria


Miguel Rios MUSIC CHARTS

Miguel Rios on Record Charts

US ALBUMS
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Song of JoySP 4267Billboard Pop140
US SINGLES & EPs
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Song of Joy (a)/El Rio1193Billboard Pop14
1193Billboard AC1