Neoton Família

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Neoton Família Sztárjai performing at VOLT Festival, Hungary in 2006

Neoton Família (also known in some countries as Newton Family) was one of the most successful Hungarian pop-bands, spanning several decades, with changes in members and line-up. Most active from 1977 to 1989, they released albums and toured in several foreign countries, also producing many of the most known hit songs in the country.

Band history[edit]

The band was founded in 1965 by László Pásztor and Lajos Galácz, studying Economy in Budapest, on the occasion for entering the school's annual Santa Claus music contest. Out of the two bands entering, Neoton, named after their Czechoslovakian-made guitar, finished second. Three years passed until their first major success, winning the country-wide Who Knows What talent show in 1968 with the song Nekem eddig Bach volt a mindenem. The same year marked the release of their first hit song Kell hogy várj. In 1971 they released their first album, Bolond város, featuring Lajos Som and Ferenc Debreceni, future drummer of the band Omega. While sales did not go well, it helped them to arrange a tour in Africa. After arriving home, some members quit, and the fate of Neoton became uncertain.

From 1973 to 77 they cooperated with girl band Kócbabák, who first appeared at 1972's Who Knows What. After a joint album, the two group decided to merge, with a renewed style and name, becoming Neoton Família. They released an album in the same year titled Csak a zene, and toured socialist countries.

1979 proved to be a turning point for Neoton Família, as they got the chance to accompany the Hungarian entrants on the Midem festival in Cannes, and also play a few tracks of their own - gaining the interest of some foreign music industry officials. They released the album Napraforgó, which finally secured their fame, later producing an English version, that became a hit in Japan, Denmark and the Philippines and several other states. The following years proved to be busy, including a Japanese tour of 42 cities. For 4 years onwards, the band released an album in each year, with more and more composers working on the team, a condition that not only provided great songs, but suspense. This led to the dissolvement in 1990.

Most of the members continued their musical careers (touring as Neoton and Éva-Neoton). György Jakab was diagnosed with a terminal illness, passing away in 1996. His dream, a last concert was produced without him, but to his memory, in 1998. Answering the pressure of the fans, another concert was held seven years later, in 2005, following several more in the oncoming years under the name Neoton Família Sztárjai.

Members[edit]

Contributing to Neoton
during 1965–1977
  • László Pásztor
  • Lajos Galácz
  • Pál Herrer
  • Fecó Balázs
  • István Tóth
  • Ferenc Debreczeni
  • Lajos Som
  • Zoltán Ambrus
  • János Tiboldy
  • György Jakab
Contributing to Neoton Família
during 1977-1990
  • Éva Csepregi
  • Éva Fábián
  • Éva Pál
  • János Baracs
  • Zoltán Ambrus
  • László Pásztor
  • Ádám Végvári
  • György Jakab
  • Gyula Bardóczi
  • Erzsébet Lukács
  • Mária Juhász
  • Edina Schäffer
Contributing to Neoton
during 1990-1991
  • Andrea Szulák
  • László Pásztor
  • György Jakab
  • Gyula Bardóczi
  • Miklós Borhi
  • Éva Pál
  • Mária Juhász
Contributing to Éva-Neoton
during 1990-1992
  • Éva Csepregi
  • Ádám Végvári
  • János Baracs
  • Edina Schäffer
  • Renáta Rajcs
  • Gábor Erdélyi
  • Sándor Herpai
Contributing to Neoton Família Sztárjai
from 2005
  • Éva Csepregi
  • Ádám Végvári
  • János Baracs
  • Gyula Bardóczi
  • László Lukács
  • Andrea Bodza
  • Gábor Bardóczi
  • Dávid Heatlie
  • Andrea Bodza
  • Elizabeth Gerrad -Langer

Albums[edit]

  • Bolond város (1971)
  • Menedékház (1976)
  • Csak a zene (1977)
  • Neoton Disco (in english, 1978)
  • Napraforgó (1979)
  • Sunflower (english version of Napraforgó, 1980)
  • Marathon (1980)
  • Listen To Me (english version of Marathon, 1981)
  • A familia (1981)
  • Dandelion (english version of A familia, 1981)
  • Greatest Hits (in english, realized in Japan, 1981)
  • Szerencsejáték (1982)
  • Gamble (english version of Szerencsejáték, 1982)
  • Jumping Tour (realized in Japan, 1982)
  • Neoton Família VII. (1983)
  • Jumpy Dance (english version of Neoton Família VII, 1983)
  • Aerobic (radio pot-pourri in english, 1983)
  • Karnevál (1984)
  • Adam & Eve (english version of Karnevál, 1984)
  • Magánügyek (1985)
  • Monotony (english version of Magánügyek, 1985)
  • Minek ez a cirkusz? (1986)
  • I Love You (english version of Minek ez a cirkusz?, 1986)
  • More - Greatest Hits 20 (in english, realized in Japan, 1987)
  • Lehet egy kutyaval tobb? (a children's album, 1987)
  • Védőháló nélkül (1987)
  • Attrakcio (compilation of hits 1986-88 years, 1988)
  • Vonalra várva (1988)
  • Santa Maria és a többiek (compilation of old hits 1976-84 years, 1988)
  • Abrakadabra (1989)
  • The Best of Neoton Family (1989)
  • Búcsú (live of memory of Dyord Yakab, 1996)
  • The Best of Neoton Familia (russian compilation, 1996)
  • Búcsúzni csak szépen (live, 1998)

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