Contemporary folk group Presuntos Implicados have enjoyed an uncommonly fruitful and long-lasting career.
The trio's decades-long collaboration generated a sizable discography, loyal fan base, and a number of hits that have changed the face of Spanish pop, such as "Alma de Blues," "En la Oscuridad," and "Como Hemos Cambiado." Siblings Juan Luis Giménez
(guitarist, composer) and Sole Giménez (vocalist, composer) first came together as performers in their native town of Yecla (Murcia) in 1983. Though personnel changed in the early years, Javier Vela
(bass, guitar) completed the trio in 1985. The group won the "Don Domingo" radio competition with their rendition of the song "Miss Circuito," earning the band a contract for the release of their first record. The album, entitled Danzad Danzad Malditos, earned the group a sizable following thanks to heavy airplay. Four years passed before Presuntos Implicados' next album would be released. De Sol a Sol (1987) paved the way for a groundswell in popularity, ultimately resulting in a major contract for Presuntos Implicados. Their third record, Alma de Blues, was released by Warner
in 1989. The album generated hits such as "Me Das el Mar" and "Cada Historia," which were put on heavy rotation on radio stations throughout Spain. Presuntos Implicados' career and discography flourished throughout the '90s. Ser de Agua (1991), El Pan y la Sal (1994), La Noche (1996), Siete (1997), and Versión Original (1999) all served to spread the group's music and fame throughout Spain and Latin America. Over the course of Presuntos Implicados' better than two decades of success, their popularity has far from dwindled. Meanwhile, singer Sole Giménez's own 2008 release, La Felicidad, rose to number 15 on Spanish pop charts, demonstrating her own success as a solo performing and recording artist. She announced her departure from Presuntos Implicados, but the band continued with a new vocalist, Lydia
, who appeared on the band's 2008 album, Será. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi