These popular flamenco artists initially formed as an offshoot of the family group Los Reyes (the Kings), who in the 70s and 80s were led by father José Reyes. Together with sons Nicólas and Andre Reyes, they enjoyed significant domestic success in Spain, though contrary to popular belief their origins lay on the other side of the French border. In 1982, Nicólas and Andre Reyes teamed up with Chico Bouchikhi when he married into the family. The Gipsy Kings were formed when they joined with three cousins from the Baliardo family (Diego, Tonino and Paci), each member singing and playing guitar with Nicólas Reyes as their lead vocalist.
As the Gipsy Kings the band attempted to reach a worldwide market for the first time, initially earning their reputation by playing to film stars and royalty at Frances St. Tropez holiday resort. They made their worldwide debut with a self-titled album for Elektra Records in...
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