The Gypsies are a Sri Lankan band that perform English and Sinhala songs and have been around since the early 1970s.
The band was formed in 1969 by Anton Perera, a confectioner at the Glucorasa company, composed of his five sons (Sunil, Nihal, Piyal, Nimal, Lal) – all of whom had recently completed high school. Lead singer Sunil Perera, schooled at St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and St Peter’s College, Colombo. Anton renovated a portion of his house on Galle Road (in Ratmalana) into a recording studio and began recording their first album. In the thirty years that followed, many changes have occurred in the group’s membership that have led to the eight members present today. Sunil Perera and Piyal Perera are the two surviving members from the original line up.
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