Los Yorks

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Los Yorks
Los Yorks in 1967
Background information
Origin Lima, Perú
Genres Garage, psicodelia, beat
Years active 1966-1969
Labels El Virrey, MAG, Munster Records
Website www.myspace.com/losyorks
Members Pablo Luna (Voz)
Jesus Vilchez (Bajo)
Walter Paz (Guitarra)
Pacho Aguilar (Batería)
Past members Pablo Villanueva "Melcochita"

Los Yorks was a Peruvian band active in the 1960s. Despite its relatively short tenure, the band was one of the most successful groups of their era. Los Yorks were the first Peruvian garage band to have their own radio and television programs, and were also among the first to write their own songs in Spanish. They had a visceral style, with vocalist Pablo Luna noted for moving frenetically to the rhythm of the songs vocalized. The band's most famous single is "Abrazame", which has become a benchmark song in Peruvian garage. Though the group acquired a reputation for being mysterious and 'underground', although were in fact prolific in their media appearances throughout their career.


The band's history began when Roman Palacios met Fred Aguilar in 1964 and conceived the idea of forming a band. They named the band after New York City, in honour of its musical influence. Walter Paz joined the group subsequently. The group then went on to audition vocalists.

In a morning at the "Tauro Theater", the group called the media, in which Pablo sang. His electrifying performance was what he called attention to Roman and Fred, and so, they invited him to rehearse with them. Pablo accepted.The band was a fan of "Los Saicos" and, therefore, played a few songs from them. The style of the band was the first recording Psicodélico Beat (45 rpm) was published in March 1967. After a few recordings recorded (45 rpm). One of the recordings, "Abrazame" (cover in Spanish of Mercy) sold over 40,000 copies, record unusual case for MAG. Subsequently removed and temporarily replaced him with Pablo Luna that short time Enrique Palacios.

Now back to Pablo Luna, "The York's" released their first LP, "York's 67" with the label MAG. This is the album with which to leap to national fame. The stations of the time programmed their songs allow them to be even better known in Lima and provinces. Songs like "Abrazame", "Vete al infierno," among others receive Golden Disk share the stage with other contemporary bands "The Saicos" as "The Doltons", "The Shains" among others. For the recording of this album, Fernando Quiroz participated in place of Walter Paz. Fernando participated in most of the songs and the second guitar of other songs.

Because of his fame, came to have a program on the radio and on television. This program was called "El show de Los York's" on channel 11. In 1968 they released their second LP, "York's 68." Consolidates disk in the national rock scene.

Record labels Conflict[edit]

Because gained fame, the label "El Virrey" offers better conditions for editing his new LP. After a quarrel with his old hard label "MAG" agree with "El Virrey". Unfortunately "MAG" not willing to dispense with Los Yorks, edit already recorded tracks with the voice of Pablo Villanueva (better known in Peru as "Melcochita" tropical comedian and musician) who had also played some instruments and participated in choirs in the first LP of the group.

With some issues that they leave recorded in MAG, the label released the record that would be titled "Yorks 69", LP that the band defined as a hard apocryphal. Although many issues if they are touched by Los Yorks, "Melcochita" simply vocalizing. For the Yorks, the titles that Paul Villanueva puts the songs are "just huachafo". Titles refer to as "El Loco" "the psychedelic" or "The Prisoner" songs that use recordings of the Yorks, and some of the "Teddys", sung and everyone graduates "Melcochita". The result is disconcerting from the cover, which shows the same picture cover of the first album but with some tweaks rush. A total rarity that lies between the grotesque and fascinating.

Military dictatorship and separation of the band[edit]

After this incident, York's finish editing their new label that would be the last of their LP, "York's, Rhythm and Feeling" album with songs like "I Love You", "Easy Baby", "Sussie Q "among others. In the production of this album, they chose a dozen songs ranging from traditional to new wave of protest. Unfortunately separate term in March 1971 by mutual agreement, when the band enjoyed great popularity, due to pressure from the military government of Juan Velasco Alvarado in power to consider the style of the band "immoral" and "inciting".



  • Los York's 67 (1967) by Mag
  • Los York's 68 (1968) by Mag
  • Los York's 69 (1969) by Mag
  • Ritmo y sentimiento (1970) by El Virrey


  • El Viaje 1966-1974 (2008) por Munster Records


  • "Abrazame" (Palacios-Aguilar) 1965 by MAG Peru
  • "Vete al infierno" (Palacios-Aguilar) 1965 by MAG Peru


Video made with the review of the album THE Yorks - The Journey: 1966-1974, edited by Munster Records, Spain. Note Arturo Vigil and video by Luis Vigil.4.[1]


  • Fernando Tuesta, Reseña los Yorks, Blog PUCP Fernando Tuesta Soldevilla.
  • Raul cachay, "Diagnóstico: intoxicados por el ritmo" (Articulo). Edicion Impresa El Comercio, 2009.


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