- Dúo Dinámico
Dúo Dinámico Origin Barcelona, Spain Genres Pop Years active 1958–1972
Líderes Entertainment Group
Members Manuel de la Calva
Dúo Dinámico is a Spanish musical duo, which was very popular in Spain and Latin America in the 1960s. It is formed by Manuel de la Calva and Ramón Arcusa, singers, songwriters, record producers and actors. They were the main precursors of pop music in Spain.
Manolo and Ramón met when they were 16 years old, working as aeronautical engineering apprentices. The duo officially formed on December 28, 1958 in Barcelona. Their first performance before a live audience was on Radio Barcelona; they wanted to be called The Dynamic Boys, but the show host, Enrique Fernández, said he didn't speak English and introduced them as Dúo Dinámico, a name the musicians accepted. After that came more radio performances and a contract to sing at "La Masía", a famous restaurant in Barcelona, all while they still worked as engineers. Finally, in the summer of 1959 they quit their day jobs to dedicate themselves to their nascent music career.
They recorded their first EP in the fall of 1959, and it was a sales success. From then on, their ascent was spectacular, and they frequently topped the Spanish charts throughout the 60s with hits like "Quince años tiene mi amor", "Quisiera ser", "Perdóname", "Bailando el twist", "Mari Carmen", "Esos ojitos negros", "Amor de verano" or "Mi chica de ayer". They also starred in four films. Their popularity among Spanish music fans was comparable, if not superior, to the one achieved by The Beatles.
The Duo often participated in the various music festivals that took place in Spain at the time. They won the Mediterranean Song Festival in Barcelona in 1966 with "Como Ayer"; the Costa Verde Festival in Gijón with "Somos Jóvenes"; and they were twice second in the Benidorm International Song Festival, in 1962 and 1966, with "Quisiera ser" and "Amor Amargo". But their greatest achievement came as composers, when their song "La, la, la" won the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, performed by Massiel. This was the first time that Spain won this festival, and the only time that Spain has been the sole winner (Spain won again in 1969, but tied with other three countries). The song was originally going to be performed by the duo's friend Joan Manuel Serrat, but he insisted in singing in Catalan, something that Franco's regime would not allow.
After the sales failure of their 1972 album Mejor Que Nunca, recorded in London with the collaboration of George Martin, the duo decides to retire, but they keep composing for other artists such as Camilo Sesto and Nino Bravo, and producing for Julio Iglesias, Miguel Gallardo or José Vélez.
Due to the continuing popularity of their songs, included in the soundtracks of many popular Spanish films and TV shows, and the insistence of various entrepreneurs, the duo made a comeback in 1978. A greatest hits album was released in 1980, and in 1986, they start to record new songs under a new contract with Sony Music. In 1987, one of them, "Resistiré", was included in the soundtrack of Pedro Almodóvar's film Átame.
As of 2007, the duo are still active, performing their hits in yearly live tours throughout Spain.
On September 21, 2007, the musical play Quisiera Ser, featuring 24 hits of the Dúo Dinámico, premiered at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo in Madrid.
Winning songwriters of the Eurovision Song Contest 1950s 1960sAndré Popp / Pierre Cour · Jacques Datin / Maurice Vidalin · Claude-Henri Vic / Roland Valande · Otto Francker / Sejr Volmer-Sørensen · Nicola Salerno / Mario Panzeri · Serge Gainsbourg · Udo Jürgens / Udo Jürgens, Thomas Hörbiger · Bill Martin, Phil Coulter · Manuel de la Calva, Ramón Arcusa · David Hartsema / Lenny Kuhr · Alan Moorhouse / Peter Warne · Maria José de Cerato / Aniano Alcalde · Émile Stern / Eddy Marnay 1970sDerry Lindsay, Jackie Smith · Jean-Pierre Bourtayre / Yves Dessca · Mario Panas, Klaus Munro / Yves Dessca, Klaus Munro · Claude Morgan / Vline Buggy · Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson · Dick Bakker / Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens · Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, Martin Lee · Jean-Paul Cara / Joe Gracy · Nurit Hirsh / Ehud Manor · Kobi Oshrat / Shimrit Orr 1980s 1990s 2000sJørgen Olsen · Ivar Must / Maian-Anna Kärmas · Marija Naumova / Marija Naumova, Marats Samauskis · Demir Demirkan, Sertab Erener / Demir Demirkan · Ruslana Lyzhychko / Ruslana Lyzhychko, Alexandr Ksenofontov · Christos Dantis / Christos Dantis, Natalia Germanou · Tomi Putaansuu · Vladimir Graić / Saša Milošević Mare · Dima Bilan, Jim Beanz · Alexander Rybak 2010sJulie Frost, John Gordon · Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, Iain Farquhanson
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