Los Bravos

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Los Bravos
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Los Bravos in 1966
Background information
Origin Madrid, Spain
Genres Rock, beat, pop, freakbeat
Years active 1965–1968
Labels Decca (UK), Press and Parrot (US and Canada)
Past members Mike Kogel
Antonio Martinez
Manuel Fernández
Miguel Vicens Danus
Pablo Gomez

Los Bravos were a Spanish beat group, formed in 1965 and based in Madrid. Their single "Black Is Black" reached No. 2 in the United Kingdom in July 1966 and No. 4 in the United States (the first Spanish group to do so), selling over a million records.


The band was an amalgamation of two pop groups, Los Sonor from Madrid and The Runaways from Mallorca. Los Bravos' lead singer, Mike Kogel, was from Germany. His vocal styling was sometimes likened to Gene Pitney's. "Black is Black" reached no. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1966,[1] no. 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold over one million copies worldwide.[2] 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.[2] The song was later covered by Johnny Hallyday and the French-based outfit Belle Epoque, and in 1977 their disco version of the song coincidentally also reached No. 2 in the UK.

Los Bravos' follow-up single, "I Don't Care", reached no. 16 in the UK in October 1966.[1] In 1967, the band participated in the San Remo Music Festival, failing to qualify for the final with the song "Uno come noi" in Italian.[3] The band were the subjects of two Spanish comedic movies: in 1967 Los chicos con las chicas (The Boys With the Girls), directed by Javier Aguirre and in 1968, ¡Dame un poco de amooor...! (Give Me a Little Looove!), 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 and Beyond, 1964–1969.

One of Los Bravos' founding members, Manuel Fernández, committed suicide on 20 May 1968, at the age of 23,[4][5] after the death of his bride, Lottie Rey, in an auto accident.

Reunion recording[edit]

In 2015, Mike Kennedy reunited with Miguel Vicens Danus under the name Los Bravos, to record a new studio version of "Black Is Black."[6] The new recording was officially released on iTunes and edited to create a music video.[7]

Band members[edit]



Year Single Chart Positions
US[11] UK AU
1966 "Black Is Black" 4 2 3
"I Don't Care" - 16 51
"Going Nowhere" 91 - 99
1968 "Bring a Little Lovin'" 51 - 48
1969 "Dirty Street / Two People In Me'" - - -


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 329. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Disc (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 206/207. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Festival di San Remo 1967". Hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Dead rock stars". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  5. ^ Doc Rock. "The 1960s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Los Bravos - Black is Black (Videoclip Oficial) (2015)". YouTube. May 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mike Kennedy: «Soy un hijo del amor» (2015)". El Diario Vasco. February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1990 - 1991". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  9. ^ Ignacio Saenz de Tejada (1990). "Muere Toni Martínez, guitarrista de Los Bravos, en accidente de moto" (in Spanish). El Pais. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jesús Glück". Musicalics.com. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  11. ^ a b Richie Unterberger. "Los Bravos | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 

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