After falling in love with classic music from the ’80s, you start to take a lot of the historical aspects of Latin pop and rock music and where did popular music begin. I’ve researched day and night to find some of the origins of Spanish language pop music. In Mexico, I can get back to artists such as Teen Tops and Enrique Guzman. In Spain, one of the earliest pop groups that I can find is Los Brincos.
The group was founded in 1964. Its members were Fernando Arbex, Manuel González, Juan Pardo and Antonio Morales. They were known as The Spanish Beatles in those early days because The Beatles were so influential to the infancy of Latin pop in Europe. With the success of the Beatles, bands like Los Brincos wanted to copy the sound in order to have their own success.
Los Brincos were lucky to have started when they did. Most of their singles were hits on the pop charts. Now to research who else was on the same charts. The first self-titled album was released in 1964 with twelve tracks. The album was bilingual with the band singing in both English and Spanish.
Listening to the first album of Los Brincos, which would later be reissued on the name Flamenco when released digitally, I am reminded of artists like The Beatles, so they really did achieve what they set out. That genre is described as Beat music, British beat, or Merseybeat. Beat music is a fusion of rock and roll, (mainly Chuck Berry guitar style and the midtempo beat of artists like Buddy Holly), doo-wop, skiffle, and R&B. Think of the British Invasion.
I dig it. In 2001, the album was reissued with three additional Spanish tracks. These tracks are Spanish versions of some of the English tracks from the original release. As I am working to find out more about the start of Latin pop music, I will be going through the years of music that I have found. This is 1964. I will be going through more of the sixties with more from Los Brincos, as well as others.