Los Chicos are a popular rhumba band from Spain whose legacy spans several decades and whose success peaked during the early to mid-'80s. The band's musical style evolved over the years, fusing rhumba flamenca with pop/rock to varying degrees, and was often compared to that of Los Chunguitos, a similarly popular rhumba band of the same era. Founded in 1973 in Madrid, Spain, the band was originally a trio comprised of vocalist, Spanish guitarist, and songwriter Juan Antonio JimÃ©nez (aka Jeros; born March 29, 1951, in Valladolid, Spain), plus brothers Emilio GonzÃ¡lez (born December 11, 1947, in Madrid) and Julio GonzÃ¡lez (born March 19, 1952, in Madrid), backing vocalists who would develop into contributing songwriters over the years. After signing a recording contract with Philips, Los Chicos made their full-length album debut in 1974 with Ni MÃ¡s ni Menos. Throughout the remainder of the decade the band released a new album each year: Esto SÃ Que Tiene Guasa (1975), No SÃ© por QuÃ© (1976), Son Ilusiones (1977), Hoy Igual Que Ayer (1978), and Amor y Ruleta (1979). Their popularity peaked during the early to mid-'80s, when they released the albums Amor de Compra y Venta (1980), BailarÃ¡s con AlegrÃa (1981), Ni TÃº ni Yo (1982), DÃ©jame Solo (1983), Adelante (1984), and Yo el Vaquilla (1985). Los Chicos subsequently took a year-long break before closing out the decade with Porque Nos Queremos (1987), Ojos Negros (1988), and Esto Es Lo Que Hay (1990), their final few albums to feature JimÃ©nez, who split from the group and embarked on a solo career. JimÃ©nez, who had released the one-off collaborative album Sevillanas (1987) on Philips with a group called Egipto, released the solo albums TemblÃ³, Pero No CallÃ³ (1990) and Agua y Veneno (1991) before killing himself on October 22, 1995, at age 44 in Madrid. The popularity of Los Chicos had declined during the late '80s as the band's relationship with JimÃ©nez had become increasingly problematic. After his departure from the band in 1990, Los Chicos regrouped, adding Emilio's son Emilio Gonzalez (aka JÃºnior) in the place of JimÃ©nez and releasing the albums Sangre Gitana (1991), Â¡Amigos, No Pasa NÃ¡! (1994), and Gitano (1996). A five-year break followed before Los Chicos returned once again with the albums LadrÃ³n de Amores (2001) and Cabibi (2002) on Mercury Records. Universal Music subsequently reissued the back catalog of Los Chicos with remastered sound quality in 2005 and released the best-of compilation Hasta AquÃ Hemos Llegado in 2008. ~ Jason BirchmeierPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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