Our last night in Montevideo before returning to Buenos Aires – Uruguay to Argentina. In the sixties there was a Uruguayan band that went to Argentina and became tremendously successful as part of the Uruguayan invasion. They modeled themselves on Los Beatles and after seeing the A Hard Day’s Night film they decided to form a band, calling themselves Los Shakers.
Two brothers, Hugo Fattoruso, lead singer, lead guitarist and occasional piano player and Osvaldo Fattoruso on rhythm guitar, Roberto “Pelín” Capobianco on bass and bandoneon and Carlos “Caio” Vila on drums, they released their self-titled debut album in 1965, wrote their own songs in Spanish (a Spanish language version of Del Shannon’s Keep Searching as Sigue Buscando opened Side 2).
They released a second Spanish language album, Shakers For You, in 1966. In that same year they translated an album’s worth of their songs into English and released an album in the US entitled Break It All. The album contained a Spanish language version of Ticket To Ride.
In 1968 they released La Conferencia Secreta Del Toto’s Bar, the Latin American Sgt. Pepper’s, mixing Latin American styles with their understanding of Psychedelia and the influence of their heroes. The record company missed the point and failed to support the direction change despite Los Beatles continued successful evolution. By the end of the decade they had broken up as a new era dawned. I see that in 1971 another album was released called En El Estudio Otra Vez (In The Studio Again) but can’t find any information about it. The band reformed in 2005 for one last nostalgic moment and released an album called Bonus Tracks. Sadly both Oswaldo Fattoruso and Roberto Capobianco have since left the planet for the great Beatles convention in the sky.
Siempre Tu incorporates that wonderful blend of sixties harmonies but they seem to be somehow confused by the speed of the era as they keep the Beatles suits and inch towards a more adventurous sound. I’m also a little confused by the song titles on a La Conferencia Secreta Del Toto’s Bar being in Spanish whilst the album is sung in English – and then there’s the album cover?
Whatever you feel about the blatant Beatles hero worship you might find this off the radar treasure an interesting find but please forgive them for when choosing to cover a song from Sgt. Pepper’s, of all the songs, they somehow landed on When I’m Sixty Four.
On a personal note, after last night’s show in Montevideo and most likely a show in Buenos Aires around the 10th or 11th of February, Olivia and I will be off line for at least a week as we travel to Foz Do Iguacu in Brazil for a weeks holiday. There we will stay on the border with Argentina and Paraguay and experience the famous Iguacu Falls. No computers, phones or musical instruments will be coming with us. So see you in February with details of our next shows and more on the In Deep Music Archive treasure hunt.