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founded: 1965
members:
Antonio Martinez
Manuel Fernandez
Michael Kogel
Miguel Vicens Danus
Pablo Samllehi
Pablo Sanllehi

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Los Bravos were a Spanish beat group, formed in 1965, and based in Madrid.

The band were an amalgamation of two pop groups, Los Sonor and The Runaways. Los Bravos' lead singer, Mike Kogel, was from Germany. His vocal styling was similar to Gene Pitney's. As the first Spanish group, their single "Black is Black" reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1966 , and #4 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The world wide sales of the song were over one million copies. The track was written by Tony Hayes and Steve Wadey, in their recording studio for cutting demo discs in Hoo St Werburgh, near Rochester, Kent, England. The song was later covered by the French based outfit Belle Epoque. In 1977 their disco version of the song coincidentally also reached #2 in the UK. Their follow-up single, "I Don't Care", reached #16 in the UK in October 1966. In 1967 the band participated in Sanremo Music Festival, failing to qualify to the final with the song "Uno come noi" in Italian. The band were subject to two Spanish comedic movies, in 1967 "Los Chicos Con las Chicas", directed by Javier Aguirre, and in 1968, "¡Dame un poco de amooor...!", directed by José María Forqué and Francisco Macián. Their song "Going Nowhere" from the soundtrack to "Los Chicos Con Las Chicas" was re-issued as a part of the Rhino Records series "Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire & Beyond".

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