Songs You May Have Missed #712

Los Manolos: “Amigos Para Siempre” (1992)

Los Manolos are ten friends from Barcelona whose airplane wing shirt collars make them a risk to go airborne while performing, Or walking briskly.

Their mirror shades, Elvis sideburns, neon suits and bell-bottoms certainly lend them a distinctive…uh, flare.

And their music, like their look, isn’t for everybody. But if you happen to like rumba with a rock attitude, they could be the life of your next partido.

“Amigos Para Siempre”, whose music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, may sound familiar. It was written for Sarah Brightman and Spanish tenor José Carreras to sing at the closing ceremony of the the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games.

Los Manolos themselves also performed at those same ’92 closing ceremonies.

This version of “Amigos” reached number 3 in the Spanish charts.

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Songs You May Have Missed #230


Los Manolos: “Que Te Quiero” (1994)


Irresistible flamenco rumba from Spain. These guys aren’t trying for that passionate, overwraught flamenco thing. I mean…look at them.


Their music is a lot of fun though. Cheesy covers of Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” and the Beatles’ “All My Loving” are outstanding. But “Que Te Quiero” is one of the most addicting things they ever did. Often songs of this genre give you a double chorus and that’s what the guys do here–if it sounds nice, sing it twice. Sounds better loud too!

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