Paco Baliardo, also known as Jaques or Max, was born in Montpellier, France on January 21st 1957. He is a Catalan guitarist, co-founder and former member of the Gipsy Kings. He is the nephew of Manitas de Plata and Hyppolyte Baliardo. Together with his brothers Tonino and Diego Baliardo and his cousins Paul, Canut, Nicolas, Patchai and Andre Reyes, he has been part of the Gipsy Kings from the beginning. All of them are Catalan gipsies spread between Montpellier and Arles in the Camargue.

The Baliardo family, originally from Catalonia (Spain), as well as the Reyes family, traveled for generations to Occitania (France) with their caravans until the outbreak of World War I made them return to Catalonia. Paco’s father, Manuel Baliardo (nickname Napoleon) and his brothers were born in Figueres. They returned to Occitania between 1927 and 1928. They settled first in Juvinhac, near Montpellier. Manuel married Teresa Maille, a Catalan gypsy girl who lived in a caravan in Lunel, with whom he had five children: Diego, Loulou, Paco, Tonino, Lily and Nadia Baliardo.

Paco grew up playing the guitar with his brother Tonino. They became quite popular for their guitar virtuosity among the gypsies of Montpellier. In 1983 they formed the Gipsy Kings with the Reyes brothers. In 1989, the became a global phenomenon with their third album „Gipsy Kings“, which included songs like „Djobi, Djoba“, „Bamboleo“ and the ballad „Un Amor“.  Paco has been touring the world with the Gipsy Kings. They have won a Grammy for „Best World Music Album“ with „Savor Flamenco“ in 2014.


1962    Interpreta el Rock    Freddy Fender
1978    The Wild Places    Duncan Browne
1985    The Rhythmatist    Stewart Copeland
1986    Vuela Alto    Paloma San Basilio
1988    Gipsy Kings    Gipsy Kings
1989    Mosaique    Gipsy Kings
1989    12 Grandes Exitos    Paloma San Basilio
1989    Konbit: Burning Rhythms of Haiti    Various Artists
1991    Asi Lo Quiero    Franco
1991    Drop Circus    Drop Circus
1992    Live!    Gipsy Kings
1992    De Otro Planeta    H2O
1992    Fuego!: The Videos [Video]    Gipsy Kings
1992    La Magia De Paloma San Basilio    Paloma San Basilio
1992    Myriam Hernandez [WEA]    Myriam Hernández
1992    No Hay Limite    Limi-T 21
1992    Un Tipo Tipico Y Sus Exitos    Willy Chirino
1993    911    La Fiebre
1993    Boca Rosa    Magda Lake
1993    KKSF 103.7 FM Sampler for AIDS Relief, Vol. 4    Various Artists
1993    Libre    Alejandra Guzmán
1993    Una Mentira Piadosa    Los Gemelos del Sur
1994    Freedom    Bonny Cepeda
1994    Mas Fuerte de Lo Que Pensaba    Aleks Syntek
1994    Vintage Hawaiian Treasures, Vol. 3: Toti’s Tahitians    Various Artists
1995    The Best of the Gipsy Kings    Gipsy Kings
1995    Estrellas    Gipsy Kings
1995    Gaviota    Ramón Ayala
1995    Mandame Flores    Sparx
1995    Voy Hacia Ti    Vice Versa
1996    Tierra Gitana    Gipsy Kings
1996    Cantos De Alabanza    Cedarmont Kids
1996    Exitos Y Recuerdos    Paloma San Basilio
1996    Exitos y Recuerdos    Myriam Hernández
1996    Guitarra, Voz Y Sentimiento    Various Artists
1996    Rahman    Ismael Isaac
1996    Senora de la Noche    Ruben Naranjo
1996    Ultimas Noticias    Viento y Sol
1997    Latin House Flava, Vol. 2    Various Artists
1997    Me Lo Contaron Ayer    La Banda Limon
1997    Viva Italia: Amor Amor/Buona Sera    The Digital Orchestra
1998    Cantos de Amor    Gipsy Kings
1998    Alma de Gitano    Various Artists
1998    Grupo Cañaveral de Pabon, Vol. 3    Cañaveral de Pabon
1999    Volare! The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings    Gipsy Kings
1999    1941-1942    Cuarteto Mayari
1999    20th Anniversary    Willy Chirino
1999    V.E. Day: The Dancebands    Various Artists
1999    Versus    Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas
2000    Inocente    Luis Vargas
2001    Hot Latin Hits [Madacy]    Countdown
2001    La Bomba    Countdown Mix Masters
2001    Rancheras „Para Mis Paisanos“    Priscila y Sus Balas de Plata
2001    Rock en Espanol: Lo Mejor de los Amantes de Lola    Los Amantes de Lola
2001    Solo Lo Mejor: 20 Exitos    Myriam Hernández
2002    15 Exitos    Willy Chirino
2002    30 Inolvidables    Industria del Amor
2002    Como el Fuego    Briseyda
2002    El Amor en Concierto: Live    Myriam Hernández
2002    El Ser Latino Es Mi Orgullo    Armando Montoya
2002    Exitos Originales    Jorge Dominguez y Su Grupo Super Class
2002    Lo + Vendido de la Cumbia 2002    Various Artists
2002    Sing and Swing/Sing and Dance    Edmundo Ros
2002    Yes Indeed [Box Set]    Jo Stafford
2003    Como Duele Ser Pobre    Cejas
2003    Italo Euro Hits    Various Artists
2003    Reencuentros Romanticos    Los Grey’s
2003    Salsa en la Calle 8 2003    Various Artists
2003    The Minute Samba 1932-50, Vol.2    Enric Madriguera
2004    Duende Mix Sonidero, Vol.3    Various Artists
2004    Festival de Estrellas [Fonovisa]    Various Artists
2004    Momentos de Amor    Tania Libertad


1988    Bird    Bird
1989    Mosaique    Gipsy Kings
1990    Rubaiyat: Elektra’s 40th Anniversary    Various Artists
1992    Live!    Gipsy Kings
1994    Love & Liberte    Gipsy Kings
1995    The Best of the Gipsy Kings    Gipsy Kings
1995    Winter, Fire & Snow    Various Artists
1995    Estrellas    Gipsy Kings
1996    Tierra Gitana    Gipsy Kings
1997    Gipsy Legend [Lightyear]    Los Reyes
1998    Cantos de Amor    Gipsy Kings
1998    Greatest Hits    Gipsy Kings
1999    Bird    Bird
2004    Roots    Gipsy Kings
2006    Pasajero    Gipsy Kings
2013    Savor Flamenco    Gipsy Kings