Although their songs are in Spanish with an Andalusian accent, the group hails from the gypsy settlements in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France. The Reyes and Baliardo families, led by singers Nicolas Reyes and Manitas de Plata, sold millions of records in the 1960s and ’70s.
The vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are the trademarks of the band, making Gipsy Kings the biggest-selling French act in the United States.
The 1987 release of the international hit single “Bamboleo,” which in Spanish means “sway,” from their platinum-selling eponymous debut album pushed the band to the top of the World Music charts. That album alone sold more than 14 million worldwide with more than four million purchased in the United States alone. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was on the charts for more than a year.
The ensemble’s music has been used in numerous motion pictures, including Peter Weir’s “Fearless” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Big Lebowski.”
For the group’s 2004 release, "Roots," the core members of the Gipsy Kings lived in a stone villa in the small town of St-Andre-de-Bueges in the south of France, where they collaborated with producer Craig Street on the Grammy-nominated acoustic release. That marked the first time in years that the band recorded without a drum kit, synthesizer or electric bass to return their music to its Flamenco origins.
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