The rock band, Los Gatos Salvajes was a pioneer in rock music in South America. They were a teen band that found fame being a cover band in their native Santa Fe area of the country. They were originally known as The Wild Cats when they traveled locally.
In 1964, Litto Nebbia replaced the original lead singer, Rubén Rojas. Litto requested the band change their name and singing language to Spanish. The band became Los Gatos Salvajes and began singing in Spanish instead of English at that point. Once relocating to Buenos Aires, the band got to record their first and only album. Los Gatos Salvajes was released in 1965 with twelve tracks.
After the release of the album, the band recorded a couple of other singles making the entire discography twenty tracks. In 1966, the band parted ways. Litto Nebbia and keyboardist, Ciro Fogliatta stayed in Buenos Aires and formed a new band, Los Gatos, which would go on to become even more successful and help keep the fire of rock and roll in Argentina.
In 1994, Melopea Discos of Argentina released a CD with the entire recordings of the band that would be considered one of the first South American rock bands and an early Beat music band. In 2005, the band celebrated its 40 year anniversary. Basilio “Turco” Adjaydie, Ciro Fogliatta, Litto Nebbia, Juan Carlos “Chango” Pueblas, and Guillermo Romero reunited for a concert, which was released on CD.
The band’s music, just like many of the sixties is trying to ride on the success of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and many of the early rock pioneers, especially those coming from the UK. Beat music was all the rage, and it was no wonder that early Argentinian rock was founded on this style of rock. Rock in Argentina can be traced back to earlier dates with mentions of Eddie Pequenino and Sandro. I haven’t stepped back that far yet, and I am sure I will get there. Meanwhile, I am getting familiar with the influential bands of the sixties.