(Oviedo, 1946 - Aravaca, Madrid, 1991) Spanish pop singer and composer. Figure contested, Tino Casal did not stop never go beyond the conventional. He fought for a Baroque aesthetics, overloaded, that believed from the beginning, and played with an ambiguous image halfway between glam and the drag queens. But on all these features, his enormous talent prevailed.
Before becoming famous as part of the Archdukes, one of the most important Asturian groups of the 1960s and 1970s. It acted with a kind of orquesta-conjunto that toured throughout the Principality brightening youth evenings. With this group he recorded several albums; stand out songs like Lamento de gaitas or If my father is King. With the experience and acquired tables was devoted to produce one of his favorite bands, Wishbone, pioneer of the Spanish heavy , respecting the ideas of the group.
After several attempts to debut solo as a melodic singer, in 1981, of the hand of the producer Julián Ruiz, Tino Casal launched one of the most original records of the pop Spanish, Neocasal. The single egg shampoo had by his side an extraordinary reception: it was number one in sales in Spain and its success allowed Casal to develop their innovative ideas. Casal and Ruiz tried to introduce in Spain then mainstream romantic new, seasoned with some aesthetic glam in music and touches punks in designs of clothes and image and cover of the disc.
Tino Casal boosted the cult of the aesthetic taking care of every detail with care and with a sometimes hilarious perfectionism. The most outstanding result was the single haunted, supported promo in a spectacular video and a striking design. The item was included on their second LP, Black Label (1983). His success continued with Red ice (1984), but in full victory suffered an accident that was complicated by a disease and forced him to retire three years.
Already recovered, and again with support in the production of Julián Ruiz, in 1988 he edited crocodile tears, which included an excellent version of the classic Eloise by Barry Ryan and disc which returned to the top of the charts. In 1990 he published that was going to be his last album, hysteria.
A fall Sunday, in September 1991, Tino Casal suffered a car accident in Aravaca where he lost his life. By pure coincidence, the next day was published, according to schedule, his collection of greatest hits, disk reviewing his best songs. His figure was mourned; leaving a beautician hole that would be not occupied by anyone during the following decades. Many musicians have paid him tribute since then, covering his songs or informing his unreleased.