Rosendo Mercado

Born Feb 23, 1954

Rosendo Mercado Ruiz is a Spanish rock singer and songwriter. He was part of the groups Ñu and Leño, and is a prominent exponent of the so-called urban rock in Spain.

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1954 Birth Born on February 23, 1954.


1972 18 Years Old After dropping out of ICAI engineering school, he joined the band Fresa as a guitarist, in 1972. … Read More


1974 20 Years Old In 1974 Rosendo discovered Rory Gallagher's music, who became one of his main influences, together with other bands such as Jethro Tull, Canned Heat, Cream, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.
1975 21 Years Old After being discharged from the compulsory military service in 1975, he took part in the recording of Ñu's first album.
1977 23 Years Old Molina and himself were not in very good terms, so Rosendo left the group in 1977. He then formed Leño, where he played the guitar and acted as a vocalist as well. Chiqui Mariscal (bass player) and Ramiro Penas (drums) also left Ñu to join him in Leño. They made their debut in 1978, acting as the support band at an Asfalto's gig. … Read More
1983 29 Years Old …  At the end of the Rock the una noche de verano tour, in the fall of 1983, and when they were at their best and most successful moment, Leño members decided to split off.


1985 31 Years Old Rosendo's first solo disc (Loco por incordiar) was pushed back until 1985, due to problems with his former label, Zafiro (to which Chapa Discos belonged). … Read More
1987 33 Years Old However, his next album, Fuera de lugar, edited next year, was negatively criticized. His last disc for RCA,... a las lombrices, was published in 1987, and was received coldly. … Read More


1996 42 Years Old His next album, Listos para la reconversión was published in 1996. … Read More
1998 44 Years Old Next year he recorded the soundtrack of Hector Carré's movie Dame algo, and in 1998 he changed the setup of the band to a trio (bass, drums and guitar, giving up the keyboard), and changed his lifelong Fender Stratocaster guitar for a Gibson, allegedly for its looks.
1999 45 Years Old The first disc of this stage is A tientas y barrancas (1998), followed in 1999 by Siempre hay una historia... en directo, which he recorded live in the yard of the Carabanchel prison. … Read More


2006 52 Years Old In 2006 he was awarded the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes
2007 53 Years Old His latest album, El endémico embustero y el incauto pertinaz, released in 2007, was recorded in the PKO (Madrid) and El Cortijo (Almería) studios.
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