Saturday, 19 April 1980
Born: 1942, Falces (Spain)
Died: August 8th, 2006
In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview
Javier Iturralde was of Basque descent and a younger brother of saxophone legend Pedro Iturralde (1929-2020). For most of his professional life, he stayed in Madrid. Javier Iturralde wrote and recorded arrangements in the studio with artists including Joxean Larranaga ‘Urko’, Julio Iglesias, Luis Cobos, Elsa Baeza, and Joaquín Sabina. Together with Jorge Machado, he wrote the orchestration to two entries in the 1979 Portuguese Eurovision heats, among which the eventual number two, ‘Eu só quero’ by Gabriela Schaaf. Later on, in the 1990s, Iturralde was a saxophonist in Eduardo Leiva's television orchestra.
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Javier Iturralde arranged and conducted ‘Quédate esta noche’, a song composed by José Antonio Martin and interpreted by Trigo Limpio. This song was chosen to represent Spain in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague and came twelfth in a field of nineteen contestants.
EUROVISION INVOLVEMENT YEAR BY YEAR
Country – Spain
Song title – "Quédate esta noche"
Rendition – Trigo Limpio
(Luis Carlos Gil / Patricia Fernández / Iñaki de Pablo)
Lyrics – José Antonio Martin
Composition – José Antonio Martin
Studio arrangement – Javier Iturralde
Live orchestration – Javier Iturralde
Conductor – Javier Iturralde
Score – 12th place (38 votes)