El Luis

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El Luís
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Background information
Birth name Luis Barrull Salazar
Also known as El Luis, El Gitano Argentino
Born (1948-02-15) 15 February 1948 (age 66)
A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Origin A Coruña, Spain
Genres Flamenco, Rumba, Fusion
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, spanish guitar
Years active 1976–1991
Labels CBS Records / Sony Music and Producciones A.R.
Associated acts Zíngaro
Los Chichos
Las Grecas

El Luis Few people can mix up flamenco, rumba, pop, rock and soul like Luis Barrull (Born in La Coruña, 1948), commonly known as El Luis, brother to Antonio, aka the famed artist El Zingaro.[1] As a young boy he moved to Argentina, where he stayed for 15 years. It was also here where he started to sing flamenco.


After returning to Spain, he scored a huge hit with his first single "Te Lo Digo Cantando" in 1976. After releasing two full albums, El Luis in 1976 and Solo in 1978 both on CBS, he spent some time in Carabanchel Prison Madrid, where he became more religious. He went to New York to record his third album entitled Gitano Soul. All three albums were produced by José Luis de Carlos. He also wrote songs for Las Grecas, Los Chichos, and his brother El Zingaro before retiring from the music business.

He made a comeback 1991 with Vis a Vis on AR Productions SL, an independent label owned by a former CBS executive, Alfonso Corral, specializing in keeping the flame of flamenco with pop artists like Camel, Chestnut and El Luis.



  • 1976: El Luis
  • 1978: Solo
  • 1981: Gitano Soul
  • 1991: Vis a vis]
Compilation albums
  • 2000: Yo te lo digo cantando
  • 2002: Todas sus grabaciones (1976-1991)


  • "Yo te lo digo cantando"
  • "Beibe, no huyas más"
  • "Pero qué es triste llorar y llorar"
  • "Solo"
  • "Llorando"
  • "Oh, Libertad"