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Franco Javier Iglesias, better known simply as Franco (born 14 December 1959, Cuba), graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in Theater and Communications.
In 1983, while participating in a local branch of the famous Latin Song Festival "OTI" in Miami, he was offered his first major record contract with RCA Mexico. In 1984 he switched labels to Peerless, and Franco obtained fame rapidly with huge number-ones hits in Mexico such as "Toda la vida" – which remained at the tops of the charts in Mexico for more than 30 weeks, rapidly crossing him over to the Latin market, where he also became a number one for several weeks as indicated by the Billboard Magazine Latin Charts – "Toda la vida", which went triple gold as well as "Platinum album" in Mexico, also with other songs such as "Yo Canto", "Soy", "Chévere", "Muriendo aqui", "María", "Nena", and "Bonito y sabroso".
At the same time he appeared as a co-star in the televisa Mexican soap opera Pobre Señorita de Limantour. In that year, la ACCA of New York (Latin Critics Association of Entertainment) declared him the masculine revelation of 1986, and in 1987. He also won three times "Los 15 grandes de Siempre en Domingo" as one of the top 115 Latin artists in Latin America given by the well recognized Televisa program Siempre en Domingo, which in the late 1980s was equivalent to a Latin Grammy Award.
He hosted a TV show, Bailando, that aired through Univision from February 10, 1990 to August 15, 1992, every Saturday night in the US and Latin America.