Los Baby's

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Los Baby´s
Origin Panabá, Yucatán, Mexico
Genres Rock and roll
Rock en Español
Balada grupera
Years active 1959–present
Labels Discos Orfeón
Discos Peerless (principal)
Associated acts

Los Angeles Negros
Los Pasteles Verdes
Los Chicanos

Los Freddy's
Website [1]

Los Baby's are a rock and ballad band from Yucatán, Mexico. Their native town of Panabá is close to Mérida, the state capital.

History[edit]

The group began performing together in 1958, at which time it was composed of the four Avila Aranda brothers. They debuted at the Fantasio theater in Mérida in 1960, then performed in Belize, where they took the name Los Baby's del Rock. They recorded their first sides for Discos Orfeón in 1959, but the label did not release them until 1962 once rock & roll began to become popular in Mexico. They toured throughout Mexico in the middle of the decade, and around this time they also made numerous appearances in television advertisements. In 1964, they made their first recordings for Discos Peerless, often covering the hits of foreign groups to great success. They became one of the most popular native pop acts in Mexico in the 1960s.[1][2]

Their biggest success, however, came in the 70s, when they stopped covering foreign songs as they started to record their own songs. "¿Por qué?" and "Cómo sufro" were number-one hits in Mexico in 1972 and 1974 respectively. In 1986, the compilation 16 Exitos (16 Hits) charted in the United States, reaching #15 on the Billboard Regional Mexican chart.[3]

Emilio and Armando died in the early 90s, but Carlos and Enrique still tour with Carlos Jr. on drums and guest keyboard and bass players.[4]

Discography[edit]

The group has released some 50 albums, mostly through the label Discos Peerless.

  • Un Amor Imposible (1966)
  • Pero yo no lo conozco (1966)
  • Solo para enamorados (1967)
  • Ritmo, Sabor y Sentimiento (1967)
  • Sensación en Ritmo (1968)
  • Cansancio (1968)
  • Mi Loca Pasión (1969)
  • Cariño (1970)
  • Te vengo a decir adios (1970)
  • Va Cayendo una Lágrima (1971)
  • ¿Por qué? (1972)
  • Sabotaje (1978)
  • Amor Traicionero (1973)
  • Como sufro (1974)
  • Un viejo amor (1975)
  • Morir contigo (1976)
  • Regresa Ya (1977)
  • Negrura (1980)
  • Un Amor (1983)

Members[edit]

  • Enrique Ávila Aranda (vocals)
  • Carlos Ávila Aranda (guitar)
  • Armando Ávila Aranda (bass, saxophone, vocals) (deceased)
  • Emilio Ávila Aranda (drums) (deceased)
  • Pablo Linares (electric organ, trumpet) (deceased)
  • Geraldo Velazco (trumpet)
  • José Manuel Escalante (keyboards)
  • Sigfrido López (congas)
  • Luis Vanegas (saxophone)
  • Edgar Boffil 1973-1974 (organ)
  • Miguel Zurita (keyboards)
  • Rafaél Jiménez (bass)

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ "Among the best-known groups in Mexico during the 1960s were Los Babys and Los Freddys". Guadalupe San Miguel, Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century. Texas A&M University Press, 2002, p. 83. Google Books
  2. ^ "grupos modernos, such as Los Angeles Negros, Los Babys, and Los Yonics, swept the latino market". Manuel H. Peña, Música Tejana: The Cultural Economy of Artistic Transformation. Texas A&M University Press, 1999, p. 186. Google Books
  3. ^ Chart Positions, Allmusic
  4. ^ Los Baby's, por siempre; lanzan nuevo disco. La Jornada, August 10, 2000. (Spanish)
Further reading
  • Revista México Canta, June 8, 1969
  • Revista México Canta, September 1, 1972
  • Toño Carrizosa, La Onda Grupera: Historia del Movimiento Grupero. Edamax, 1997. Google Books

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