Black Is Black

Los Bravos

About Black Is Black

"Black Is Black" is a song by the Spanish rock band Los Bravos, released in 1966 as the group's debut single for Decca Records. Produced by Ivor Raymonde, the song reached number two in the UK, number four in the U. S., and number one in Canada. With the song's success, Los Bravos became the first Spanish rock band to have an international hit single. A dance remix of the song was released as a single in 1986.


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Black is black, I want my baby back
It's grey, it's grey, since she went away, oh oh
What can I do, 'cause I, I'm feelin' blue

If I had my way, she'd be here today
But she'd go in time, and leave me to cry again, oh no
What can I do, 'cause I, I'm feelin' blue

I can't choose, it's too much to lose when our love's too strong
Maybe if she would come back to me, then I can't go wrong

Bad is bad, that I feel so sad
It's time, it's time, that I felt peace of mind, oh oh
What can I do, 'cause I, I'm feelin' blue

I can't choose, it's too much to lose when our love's too strong
Maybe if she would come back to me, then I can't go wrong

Black is black, I want my baby back
It's grey, it's grey, since she went away, oh oh
What can I do, 'cause I, I'm feelin' blue

'Cause I, I'm feelin' blue, 'cause I, I'm feelin' blue

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Los Bravos

Los Bravos were a Spanish beat group, formed in 1965, and based in Madrid. Their single "Black Is Black" reached #2 in the United Kingdom in July 1966, and #4 in the United States (the first Spanish group to do so) selling over a million records. more »

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Written by: Anthony Hayes, Michelle Grainger, Steve Wadey

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11 facts about this song

Origin
"Black Is Black" is a hit song originally performed by the rock band Los Bravos, a Spanish group. The track was first released in 1966.
First Spanish Rock Band
Los Bravos was the first Spanish rock band to have a UK and U.S. hit single, which was "Black Is Black."
International Hit
The song reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1966, #4 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
Multiple Cover Versions
"Black Is Black" inspired various covers by notable artists spanning different genres, including Belle Epoque, La Belle Epoque, and Johnny Hallyday.
Re-Released
The song has been re-released in different years. These releases include the 1986 version by Belle Epoque which charted in the U.K.
Lyrics
The lyrics of the song articulate heartache and despair, with a chorus stating "Black is black, I want my baby back. It's grey, it's grey, since she went away."
Breaking Barriers
Los Bravos' success with "Black Is Black" had them compared to popular British Invasion bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Prolific Songwriters
The song was written by Tony Hayes, Steve Wadey, and Michelle Grainger.
Influential
Although Los Bravos were a Spanish band, they sang in English. This trend has only increased in recent years, influencing modern Spanish artists who sing in English to expand their reach.
Unique Composition
The composition of "Black Is Black" was unique for its time, combining rock elements with distinctive flamenco guitar style, which was reflective of the band's Spanish origins.
Band's Only Hit
Despite their great success with "Black Is Black," Los Bravos unfortunately couldn't replicate the triumph again and it remained their only major international hit.

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