Tarantino introduces new generation to legendary Spanish band Los Bravos
A performance of Spanish beat group Los Bravos at the Barbarella festival in Mallorca, Spain, in 1970. EPA-EFE/File
Musician Mike Kennedy, a former member of Spanish 1960s beat group Los Bravos. EPA-EFE/Victor Lerena/File
By Carlos Gosch
Madrid, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- Acclaimed American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's decision to use the song "Bring a Little Lovin'" to promote his latest movie has led to a revival of interest in Spanish 1960s beat group Los Bravos, who are unfairly remembered as one-hit wonders.
The teaser trailer for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" has served to introduce a new generation of film-goers and music lovers to one of Spain's most successful pop groups and also show that Los Bravos were more than just one song - the 1966 chart-topping track "Black Is Black."
The song chosen by Tarantino already was a part of cinema history, having been the title track of the 1968 film "Dame un poco de amooor...!" (Bring a Little Loving), a psychedelic, animated adventure story in which the lead singer of Los Bravos, Germany's Mike Kogel, is kidnapped by a follower of Fu-Manchu doctrines.
Directed by Jose Maria Forque, "¡Dame un poco de amooor...!" was released a year after "Los chicos con las chicas," a psychedelic adventure film directed by Javier Aguirre and featuring cartoon images and numerous Los Bravos songs.
The revived interest in Los Bravos sparked by the Tarantino trailer also has led to the re-release of the soundtrack of "Dame un poco de amooor...!" which features 12 songs by a band of the caliber of the famed groups of its time, a true miracle of 1960s Francoist Spain.
Los Bravos leveraged the near-native English pronunciation of Kogel, later known as Mike Kennedy, whose accent when singing in Spanish is evident on that late 1960s soundtrack's lone song in that language.
"Bring a Little Lovin'" was written by Harry Vanda and George Young of the Australian rock band The Easybeats, best known for the international hit "Friday on My Mind."
George Young, who died in 2017, was the older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young, who would later form the world-famous Australian hard rock band AC/DC.
The version of "Bring a Little Lovin'" that was sent to Los Bravos on a demo tape was very similar to one they ended up releasing in April 1968, while The Easybeats put out their own version of the song later that year.
"Bring a Little Lovin'" is more prominently featured in the teaser trailer for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" than in the film itself.
In the movie, a fragment of the Los Bravos song is heard while one of the main characters, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), is driving around Los Angeles.
But it still made its way onto the film's 22-song soundtrack, which also includes numbers by 1960s bands such as Deep Purple, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Paul Revere & The Raiders.
"Bring a Little Lovin'" was an international hit that marked the end of a purple patch for the group, whose story is told in Guzman Alonso Moreno's 2004 biography "Los Bravos. Recuerdos de una leyenda."
On April 29, 1968, the band's keyboardist, Manolo Fernandez, and his wife, Lotty Rey, who was pregnant at the time, were returning from the wedding of the band's bass player, Miguel Vicens, when they were involved in a traffic accident.
Rey died and Fernandez, who was driving the car, committed suicide a month later, a tragedy that made headlines in that era.
Shortly afterward, Kogel left the group and embarked on a solo career under the name Mike Kennedy. Los Bravos later tried to make a comeback, but their intense but brief spark had already flickered out. EFE-EPA