Los Shakers

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Los Shakers
Los Shakers - Rompan todo (1965).jpg
Background information
GenresRock, proto-punk, garage rock, beat music, psychedelic rock
Years active1964–1969, 1971, 2005
LabelsEMI, Electro Harmonix
Associated actsRubén Rada, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Manal, Litto Nebbia
MembersHugo Fattoruso
Osvaldo Fattoruso
Roberto "Pelin" Capobianco †
Carlos "Caio" Vila

Los Shakers were a popular rock band in 1960s and was a part of the Uruguayan Invasion in Latin America. They were heavily influenced by the look and sound of the Beatles.[1][2] In the late 1960s they would broaden and expand their musical direction before breaking up at the end of the decade.[1][2]


The band was formed in 1964 in Montevideo, Uruguay by brothers Hugo Fattoruso (lead guitar and keyboards) and Osvaldo Fattoruso (rhythm guitar), after watching the movie A Hard Days Night starring the Beatles.[1][2] They were modeled after The Beatles and even adopted similar haircuts and clothing, as can be seen in their record cover.[1] The band sang many songs in English, despite their location, and gained their greatest popularity in Argentina.

They signed with the Odeon label of EMI in Argentina.[1] The first single recorded as The Shakers was "Break it All", in 1965, followed by self-titled album later that year.[1] For obvious reasons, the band focused their attentions almost exclusively on Latin America, but they did take one crack at the English-speaking market when they released the album Break it All, on the US-based Audio Fidelity label in 1966.[1] The record (which featured re-recorded versions of many of the songs on their original LP and even a Spanish-language version of Beatles' "Ticket to Ride") was little more than a curiosity in America and was not a hit, but became a collector's item decades later,[1] as would their second album, Shakers For You (released in 1966). Both albums were re-issued, with bonus tracks, on CD in 2007.

Reflecting the move towards psychedelia, their music went in a new direction. Their last studio album with the original line up, La Conferencia Secreta del Toto's Bar, released in 1968,[1] mixed psychedelic influences with candombe and some tango sounds; the album has been described as a Latin American Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. However, their recording label (EMI) did not approve of this new sound, and left them without any promotion or support; it led to the band's split up. In 2005, the original lineup re-united, and recorded a CD Bonus Tracks and played in Argentina and Uruguay. Los Shakers would break up shortly thereafter.

Osvaldo Fattoruso, guitarist and drummer, died on July 29, 2012 due to cancer at the age of 64.





  • "Sigue Buscando (Keep Searching)" / "Solo En Tus Ojos (Only In Your Eyes)" (May 1965; Odeon Pops DTOA-8041)
  • "Rompan Todo (Break It All)" / "Más (More)" (July 1965; Odeon Pops DTOA-8042)
  • "No Molestar (Do Not Disturb)" / "Déjame Ir (Let Me Go)" (October 1965; Odeon Pops DTOA-8106)
  • "Quieres Por Favor (Won't You Please)" / "No Está Mal (It's Not Bad)" (January 1966; Odeon Pops DTOA-8131)
  • "Diles (Tell Them)" / "No Juegues (Stop The Game)" (March 1966; Odeon Pops DTOA-8153)
  • "Michelle" / "My Bonnie" (May 1966; Odeon Pops DTOA-8160)
  • "Oh Mi Amigo (Oh My Friend)" / "Siempre Tú (Always You)" (June 1966; Odeon Pops DTOA-8167)
  • "Muchachita (Girl)" / "Déjame Solo (Let Me Alone)" (August 1966; Odeon Pops DTOA-8168)
  • "Submarino Amarillo (Yellow Submarine)" / "Espero Que Les Guste 042 (I Hope You'll Like It 042)" (September 1966; Odeon Pops DTOA-8212)
  • "Nunca Nunca (Never Never)" / "Déjame Decirte (Let Me Tell You)" (November 1966; Odeon Pops DTOA-8220)
  • "Pelota De Goma Roja (Red Rubber Ball)" / "No Llames Más Por Teléfono, Nena (Don't Call Me On The Telephone Anymore, Baby)" (January 1967; Odeon Pops DTOA-8252)
  • "La Tierra De Las Mil Danzas (The Land Of A Thousand Dances)" / "Aleluya (Hallelujah)" (February 1967; Odeon Pops DTOA-8275)
  • "Marilú (Peek-A-Boo)" / "Si Lo Supiera Mamá (If I Knew Mother)" (May 1967; Odeon Pops DTOA-8277)
  • "Cuando Tenga Sesenta Y Cuatro (When I'm Sixty-Four)" / "Adorable Lola (Lovely Lola)" (September 1967; Odeon Pops DTOA-8331)
  • "Mi Tía Clementina (My Aunt Clementine)" / "El Pino Y La Rosa (The Pine And The Rose)" (May 1968; Odeon Pops DTOA-8392)


  • Archivo Secreto (1967, Odeon Pops; unofficial release/bootleg)
  • La Vigencia De Los Shakers (1976, EMI SLPE 500.569)
  • Los Ineditos De Los Shakers (1977, EMI 6186)
  • All The Best (1999, CD, Hitland 8022090400142)
  • ¡Por Favor! (2000, CD, Big Beat Records, CDWIK201)
  • Los Shakers + Shakers for You (CD, Circolo Del Disco Produzione, CDDP XXV AGADU)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Unterberger, Richie. "Los Shakers: Artist Biography". Allmusic.
  2. ^ a b c "Los Shakers". Trans-World '60s PUNK. Translated by Sommariva, Marcelo.

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