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Gipsy Kings

The Gipsy Kings are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world. The band started out in Arles, a village in southern France, during the '70s when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of renowned flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo, whose father is Manitas de Plata. They originally called themselves Los Reyes and started out as a Gypsy band traveling about playing weddings, festivals, and in the streets. Because they lived so much like Gypsies, the band adopted the name the Gipsy Kings. Later, they were hired to add color to posh parties in St. Tropez. Popularity did not come to Los Reyes right away, and their first two albums attracted little notice. At this point the Gipsies played traditional -- albeit passionate -- flamenco music punctuated by Tonino's precise guitar playing and Nicolas' exceptional voice. Though they had devoted fans, they still had yet to gain wider recognition until 1986 when they hooked up with visionary producer Claude Martinez, who could see that the Kings had the makings of a world-class band.

Thanks to Martinez, the Kings began to relax a bit and take on a more contemporary edge, combining their traditional songs with sounds from the Middle East, Latin America, North Africa, a hint of rock, and their inimitable joy. It was, in a music industry filled with flamenco purists who resisted any kind of change, a very daring move, and many felt the Gipsy Kings would fall flat and disappear. But the naysayers were wrong. In 1987 they released "Djobi Djoba" and "Bamboleo" on an independent label and scored two smash hits in France. Their success led them to sign with Sony Music and release their eponymous debut album later that year. Again, they had tremendous sales in France, and then found their album was appearing on the Top Ten album charts in 12 European countries, including England, which is traditionally unreceptive to international music.

In the late '80s, the Gipsy Kings, debuted in the U.S. at the New York New Music Seminar. This led them to sign to Sony in America. In 1989, they were invited to perform at the inaugural ball for George Bush, but they chose to return home to rest and be with their families. Later that year, they held an SRO concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where the Gipsy Kings hobnobbed with some of the world's biggest pop stars, including Elton John and Eric Clapton. To top off their great year, the Kings' debut album spent 40 weeks on the U.S. charts and went gold, becoming one of the few Spanish albums to do so. The Kings have had an active release schedule ever since, including the albums Mosaique (1989), Live! (1992), Love & Liberte (1994), Tierra Gitana (1996), Cantos de Amor (1998), Somos Gitanos (2001), and Roots (2004). After extended touring, a new studio album Pasajero appeared in 2007, followed later that year by Live in Los Angeles. The Gipsy Kings continued touring the globe almost incessantly before taking an extended break during which several greatest-hits and best-of compilations appeared. In September of 2013, the band celebrated its 25th anniversary with the release of Savor Flamenco. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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locoflamenca
Hotel California.. . f r o m The Big Labowski sound track....
dickcaudle19 4 5
HOTEL CALIFORNIA !! O.M.G (and,this time it ain't o. must go! )
Wher do you find hotel california in Spanish by the gypsie kings.
Fuego!
Gipsy Kings -- totally rock in'. Always liked them. But they are absolutely a great way to start a Saturday night!
Magical Music!! Love it!!
Great first time I heard him
watash127
Mo
jim.orangebu c k e t
This is the kind of music that cures what ever ails you !
awesome show at the Chicago theater...
mac1956
Just theem @ Chicago Theatre - FABULOUSO!!! !
Saw them at Ford Theater D.C. in 1989 for their self-titled album. Fab. Probably the closest reproduction of an album I've heard since. Saw them again in 2013. Terrible. Given, they are 25 years older and they don't have their voices anymore, but even the instrumental work was not good. Their first album will remain one of my all-time favorites and I am still a fan of all their work, but I won't see them again in concert.
Lots and lots of wonderful memories associated with their music. Saw them perform in SF and at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. Awesome both times
Love Pandora
Luv em and love the vibe
Incredible journey
You might not have a drop of Latin blood in you, but if the Gypsy Kings don't get your heart pumping and your feet moving, then you're probably a Zombie!!!
BAMBOLEOOOOO O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O ! ! !
¡ WUUUU~HUUUUU U U U U U U U U U U U U U ! ! ! ! !
:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
I love the Gipsy. Kings..long time..just right..thank s . .

This is the Greatest Music Band in the World (:(:
Fantastic!!! !
just simple awesome!!!
Amazing Canut !
elsherifsara
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Say a school day
Say your name
Open your hand

Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed
I enjoy the magical spirit of the acoustic guitar...
llacoter
Que es estA M**RDA.??.?
llacoter
M**rda!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
dmccoolmulli g a n
Gypsy Kings at Chastain Park does sound like magic. Would like to have been there.
The epitome of the Gypsy Kings, for us, has been seeing them live, on tour, at the wonderful Chastain Park outdoor concert venue (bowl), in Atlanta - twice! Magical atmosphere, dancing in the aisles & eating one's bring your own dinner, complete with fine food, wine & candelabra!
L'essence
melodious grooves
Flamenco & smooth jaz are the best type of music to enjoy your favorite bottle of wine during rainning days in fall.
The Best !
Oh that I could play the guitar like that. But being that I can not thank heavens that you can....right Charlie?
They Are All Just Great !!!
plumb63
I lived in the Mission district in S.F. in the 80's...The Gipsy Kinks were part of cultural scene in those days, love them still today!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest friday by the love of youre life. tommorow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this in at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work.
why i am doing this idk
Love it
Sooooo glad they are still playing! Live long and prosper :-)
always put me in a good mood!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Flamenco...N u v e a u ! ! ! Said...SO.
danielle.jon e s 8
I've seen them at the Greek Theatre and I will never forget it ... it was simply magical.... I enjoyed it and danced the whole time.
I saw them at the House of Blues and they were amazing!!!!
Love them. Dobi Doba.
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why i am doing this idk
their music stirs the soul
lyda.arevalo . f l e c h a s
Just saw them at The House of Blues in Houston: great performance.
alisonmckenz i e
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed
Clapping good!
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