Sui Generis

Sui Generis were an Argentine folk-rock combo that recorded three studio albums and a two-volume live set between 1972 and 1975. The band were initially a duo comprised of keyboardist/vocalist Charly García and guitarist/vocalist Nito Mestre. The pair were augmented in the studio by assorted come-and-go players. Members: Charly García (keyboards, vocals), Nito Mestre (vocals, […]


Almendra was an Argentine blues-rock/psych band from Buenos Aires that released a self-titled album on RCA Vik in 1969, followed by an eponymous double album in 1970. Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Luis Alberto Spinetta recorded a subsequent solo album, also titled Almendra, then fronted the popular Argentine bands Pescado Rabioso, Invisible, and Spinetta Jade. In […]

Soda Stereo

Soda Stereo were an Argentine New Wave/art-pop trio of multi-instrumentalists, formed in 1982. Between the mid-’80s and early ’90s, the trio was popular in the Spanish-speaking market. Over the span of 13 years, the band released seven studio albums and three live sets. Members: Gustavo Cerati (vocals, guitar, sampler, synthesizer, effects, percussion, fretless bass, keyboards, […]


Tantor were an Argentine jazz-rock combo that released two albums on the Philips and Raviol labels between 1979 and 1982. The band’s two mainstays — guitarist Héctor Starc and drummer Rodolfo García — both hailed from Aquelarre. Original bassist Carlos Alberto Machi Rufino had been with Invisible. Members: Héctor Starc (guitar), Rodolfo García (drums), Carlos Alberto Machi […]


V8 were an Argentine metal band that released three albums on Umbral between 1983 and 1986.  Members: Ricardo Iorio (bass, vocals), Ricardo “Chofa” Moreno (guitar, 1980-82), Gerardo Osemberg (drums, 1980-81), Alejandro “Pesadilla” Colantonio (drums, 1981-82), Alberto “Beto” Zamarbide (vocals, 1982-87), Osvaldo Civile (guitar, 1982-85), Gustavo Rowek (drums, 1982-87), Miguel Roldán (guitar, 1985-87), Walter Giardino (guitar, […]


Sumo were an Argentine New Wave/art-punk band that was active during the 1980s. Between 1985 and 1989, they released four albums on CBS. The band’s first drummer, Stephanie Nuttal, hailed from Manchester, England, and had played in the avant-punk combo Manicured Noise. Members: Luca Prodan (vocals, guitar), Germán Daffunchio (guitar), Alejandro Sokol (bass, drums, 1981-84), […]


Polifemo were an Argentine hard-rock/jazz-rock band that released two albums on EMI during 1976 and 1977. The band was comprised of noted journeymen on the Buenos Aires scene, including guitarist/vocalist David Lebón (Color Humano, Pescado Rabioso, Pappo’s Blues), bassist Rinaldo Rafanelli (Color Humano, Sui Generis), and keyboardist Ciro Fogliatta (Los Gatos, Sacramento, Espíritu). Members: David […]

Spinetta Jade

Spinetta Jade were an Argentine super-band that released four albums between 1980 and 1984. Anchored by namesake vocalist/guitarist Luis Alberto Spinetta, the band featured a revolving door of established and up-and-coming talent on the Buenos Aires scene. This was the frontman’s fourth major band in a decade, having earlier headed Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, and Invisible. […]


Soluna were an Argentine folk ensemble that released one album, Energía Natura, on  Microfón in 1977. Frontman Gustavo Santaolalla would show up five years later in LA New Wave act Wet Picnic and later gain renown as a soundtrack composer. Keyboardist Alejandro Lerner has since recorded more than 15 studio albums. Members: Gustavo Santaolalla (vocals, guitar, […]

Serú Girán

Serú Girán were an Argentine art-pop quartet that released four albums between 1978 and 1981. This was the fourth band in under a decade fronted by Charly García, who had also headed Sui Generis, PorSuiGieco, and La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros. Members: Charly García (keyboards, guitar, vocals), David Lebón (guitar, vocals), Pedro Aznar (bass, keyboards, […]

Rodolfo Alchourrón

Rodolfo Alchourrón (April 25, 1934 — May 16, 1999) was an Argentinian jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and bandleader with a recording career that spanned nearly four decades. One of his earliest recorded appearances was on the track “Demasiado Tarde” on the 1960 Menorama EP by Agrupacion Nuevo Jazz. In 1966, he played in Trío Eduardo […]


Relax were an Argentine hard-rock band that released one album, Padre …, on small-press Vedette in 1977. Members: Daniel Grasso (vocals, guitar, flute), Héctor Grasso (bass, vocals), Juan Rodríguez (drums, percussion), Rubén Campas (vocals, guitar) Discography: Padre … (1977)


Redd were an Argentine symphonic-rock band that recorded two studio albums during the late 1970s. The band’s first album — Tristes Noticias del Imperio (1978) — was released in its own time with the catalog number EGS – 100. The followup appeared as an archival release 18 years later on the PRW label. Live recordings of […]


Rayuela were an Argentine jazz-rock/folk band that released a self-titled album on Orfeo in 1977. Members: Andres Goldstein, Eduardo Berinstein, Guillermo Nojechowicz, Marcelo Morano, Willy Campins Discography: Rayuela (1977)

The Prime Element

The Prime Element were a Manhattan-based Latin-jazz/rock big band headed by Argentinian keyboardist/arranger Carlos Franzetti. The project yielded one album, Alborada, issued on Trova in 1976.  Members: Carlos Franzetti (Rhodes, guitar, Hammond, Moog, percussion, arranger), Omar Clay (percussion, marimba, arranger), Alex Layne (bass), Greg Maker (bass), Akua Dixon (cello, vocals), Ray Mantilla (congas), Mauricio Smith (flute, […]

Gato Barbieri

Gato Barbieri (Nov. 28, 1934 — April 2, 2016) was an Argentinian tenor saxophonist with a musical career that spanned more than 60 years. He began as a side-player for Lalo Schifrin during the late 1950s. The following decade, he notched credits alongside Don Cherry, Gary Burton, and Alan Shorter. In 1967, Barbieri released his first […]

Pescado Rabioso

Pescado Rabioso was an Argentine blues-folk-psych band headed by former Almendra guitarist, singer, and songwriter Luis Alberto Spinetta. In 1972, they released Desatormentándonos on Microfon, followed by two albums in 1973: Pescado 2 (a double album) and Artaud. Members: Luis Alberto Spinetta (guitar, vocals), Black Amaya (drums), Osvaldo “Bocón” Frascino (bass, guitar, vocals, 1971), Carlos […]


Pastoral were an Argentine folk duo comprised of guitarists/vocalists Alejandro De Michele and Miguel Angel Erausqui, who joined forces in 1971 in Buenos Aires. The pair released six albums between 1973 and 1982, each featuring a handful of supportive players. Their Charly García-assisted third album — Humanos (1976) — attracted international interest. Members: Alejandro De Michele […]

Pappo’s Blues

Pappo’s Blues were an Argentine blues-rock/hard-rock band that released seven numerically-titled studio albums between 1971 and 1978. Anchored by its namesake guitarist frontman, the band featured a revolving door of top local talent, including guitarist/bassist David Lebón and bassist Alejandro Medina. Members: Pappo (guitar, vocals), Black Amaya (drums), David Lebón (bass, guitar), Héctor “Pomo” Lorenzo […]

Pablo El Enterrador

Pablo El Enterrador is an Argentine symphonic-rock ensemble that has been intermittently active for nearly half a century. Formed in 1971, the band finally released its self-titled debut album in 1983 on RCA Victor. Two further albums would follow at 15- and 18-year intervals. Members: Jorge Antun (synthesizer, Hammond organ), Marcelo Sali (drums), José María […]

Orion’s Beethoven

Orion’s Beethoven were an Argentine hard-rock/psych band that was active from 1969 until 1981. Two Polydor-issued albums emerged from this lengthy run: Superangel (1973) and Tercer Milenio (1977). The Bar brothers continued under the abbreviated nameplate Orions, which issued back-to-back albums during the early 1980s. Members: Adrian Bar (guitar), Román Bar (bass, keyboards, vocals), José […]


Montes were an Argentine psych-rock combo that issued a 1973 single and a 1974 album, Cuando Brille el Tiempo, on Philips. The band was headed by namesake guitarist Jorge Montes, who had earlier played in the prolific singles act La Séptima Brigada. Members: Jorge Montes (guitar), Juan Carlos Policastro (vocals), Alberto Oneto (bass), Carlos Salazar (drums) […]

Miguel Cantilo

Miguel Cantilo (born Nov. 9, 1949) is an Argentinian singer/songwriter with a career that spans half a century. He first emerged alongside guitarist Kubero Díaz in the turn-of-the-seventies psych-rock combo La Cofradía de la Flor Solar. He subsequently formed an on-off partnership with guitarist/vocalist Jorge Durietz, recording as Pedro y Pablo on a pair of early […]

M.I.A. (Músicos Independientes Asociados)

M.I.A. — short for Músicos Independientes Asociados — were an Argentine classical/rock/folk band that released three studio albums and two live sets during the late 1970s. Members: Lito Vitale (keyboards, drums) Liliana Vitale (vocals, drums), Daniel Curto (guitar), Nono Belvis (bass), Juan Del Barrio (keyboards, drums), Alberto Muñoz (guitar, bass) The Vitale siblings both embarked […]


Melimelum were an Argentine folk four-piece that released a self-titled album on CBS in 1976. Frontman Jorge Durietz had been half of the singer/songwriter duo Pedro y Pablo, which resumed activities after Melimelum folded. Members: Daniel Russo (bass), Eduardo Figueroa (guitar), Jorge Durietz (guitar, vocals), Nicky Mitchell (drums) Discography: Melimelum (1976)

Materia Gris

Materia Gris were an Argentine psych-rock band that issued a concept album on Harvest in 1972. The band included future Pescado Rabioso/La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros keyboardist Carlos Cutaia and eventual Alas drummer Carlos Riganti. Members: Julio Presas (guitar, bass, percussion, vocals), Eduardo Rapetti (guitar, vocals), Omar Constanzo (bass, vocals), Carlos Cutaia (keyboards), Carlos Riganti […]

Litto Nebbia

Litto Nebbia (born 1948) is an Argentinian multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer with a career that spans more than half a century. He first emerged in the mid-1960s as the frontman for Buenos Aires beat phenomenon Los Gatos. In 1969, he released his self-titled solo debut. The next two decades would yield 30-some-odd albums by the […]

Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin (born June 21, 1932) is an Argentinian pianist, composer, and arranger who began his career in the mid-1950s. During his first active decade, he served as a backing musician for Ástor Piazzolla, Xavier Cugat, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie. Schifrin’s first headlining album was the 1959 release Piano Espanol on Tico Records. In 1965, […]

La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros

La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros were an Argentine symphonic/jazz-rock band that released two albums on Microfón during 1976 and 1977. Formed in 1975, the band were the post-Sui Generis vehicle for musician Charly García, who simultaneously directed the one-off folk ensemble PorSuiGieco. Members: Charly García (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Carlos Cutaia (keyboards), Oscar Moro (drums), Gustavo Bazterrica (guitar, […]

Jorge López Ruiz

Jorge López Ruiz (April 1, 1935 – Dec. 11, 2018) was an Argentinian bassist, cellist, pianist, arranger, and composer who was active throughout the last four decades of the 20th century. He first appeared in 1961 with the album B.A. Jazz on RCA’s Vik subsidiary. During the mid-1960s, he backed pianist Enrique Villegas on a […]


Invisible were an Argentine supergroup that released three albums during the mid-1970s. Musically, the band evolved from the free-flowing, psych-tinged poetic rock of their first two albums to the layered eclecticism of their 1976 swan song El Jardín de los Presentes. Members: Luis Alberto Spinetta (guitar, vocals), Carlos Machi Rufino (bass), Héctor Pomo Lorenzo (drums), […]


Huinca was a blues-rock combo fronted by Argentinian musician/vocalist Litto Nebbia. The project grew out of his 1971 solo album Nebbia’s Band, which features the same rhythm section of bassist Cacho Lafalce and drummer Oscar Moro. Nebbia and Moro had earlier played together in the 1960s beat group Los Gatos. Huinca recorded one album before Nebbia resumed his […]


Horizonte were an Argentine folk-rock band that released two albums on the Music Hall label during the closing years of the 1970s. Members: Rubán Bloise (drums), Mario Vannini (guitar, charango, quena), Hugo Ojeda (percussion, vocals), Fernando Mouro (bass), Alex Tiscornia (keyboards), Sergio Vainikoff (keyboards), Jorge Alfano (bass) Discography: Horizonte (1978) Señales sin Edad (1979)

Horacio Vaggione

Horacio Vaggione (born 1943) is an Argentine-born electronic musician and composer who has been active on the European scene since the mid-1970s. In 1976, he emerged as one-half of the avant-garde electronic duo IT, which issued the album Viaje (Música Electrónica Libre) on the Spanish Movieplay label. Two years later, he released a solo album, […]

Gustavo Montesano

Gustavo Montesano (born Oct. 14, 1955) is an Argentinian guitarist and composer who has been musically active locally and abroad since the mid-1970s. He first emerged as one-fourth of the symphonic/hard-rock band Crucis, with whom he recorded two albums in 1976. The following year, he issued his first and only solo album of the 20th […]


Alas were an Argentine symphonic/jazz-rock band that was active between the mid-1970s and early 1980s. The band was a spin-off of Alma y Vida. Issuing their debut longplayer in 1976, the band recorded Pinta tu Aldea the following year but it would not be issued until 1983. For that second album, Alas was joined on […]


Fricción were an Argentine goth-rock band that released two albums on Interdisc during the late 1980s. Members: Christian Basso (bass, 1985-87), Fernando Samalea (drums, 1985-87), Gustavo Cerati (guitar, 1985-86), Richard Coleman (guitar, 1985-87), Gonzalo Palacios (saxophone), Celsa Mel Gowland (vocals), Daniel Castro (bass, 1987-88) Discography: Consumación o Consumo (1986) Para Terminar (1988)


Eternidad were an Argentine symphonic-folk band that formed in 1971. Active for most of the decade, the band issued its sole album, Apertura, in 1977. Members: Robi Massarotto (bass, vocals), Daniel Mendez (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Roberto Mendez (guitar, lute, vocals), Claudio Pedra (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, synthesizer), Luis Yanes (drums, percussion) Discography: Apertura (1977)


Espíritu were an Argentine symphonic-rock band that was active during three different periods between the early 1970s and mid-2000s. Formed in 1973, the band’s first iteration produced two albums, Crisálida (1974) and Libre y Natural (1976). Two further albums would appear in the early 1980s. Twenty years later, frontman Osvaldo Favrot resurrected the nameplate for […]

El Reloj

El Reloj were an Argentine symphonic/hard-rock band that formed in 1972. The band released two eponymous albums on Vik/RCA Victor during the mid-1970s. Further albums would appear at widened intervals over the next three decades. Members: Willy Gardi (lead guitar), Osvaldo Zabala (guitar), Juan Esposito (drums, vocals), Eduardo Frezza (bass, lead vocals), Luis Valenti (keyboard, […]


Cuero were an Argentine blues/psych/jazz-rock band that was active during the early 1970s. The band issued two albums on the Music Hall label. Members: Nacho Smilari (guitar, vocals), Enrique Masllorens (bass, vocals), Carlos Calabro (drums), Bernardo Baraj (saxophone, flute), Osvaldo López (drums), Adalberto Cevasco (bass), Raúl Parentella (electric piano), Joe Coco (percussion) Discography: Tiempo Después […]


Crucis were an Argentine symphonic/hard-rock band that was active for three years during the mid-1970s. In 1976, the band released two highly revered albums on RCA Victor. Consprised of some of the country’s foremost virtuosos, the members would later extend their chops over solo albums. Members: Gustavo Montesano (bass, guitar, vocals), José Luis Fernández (bass, […]


Contraluz was an Argentine art-rock/folk band that formed in 1969 and was initially active for five years. In 1973, the band released the album Americanos, which was followed by a standalone single. A quarter-century later, the nameplate was resurrected for three further albums during the 2000s. Members: Carlos Barrio (guitar, flute), Néstor Barrio (drums), Alfredo […]

Color Humano

Color Humano were an Argentine heavy-psych trio that was active during the early 1970s. The band debuted with a self-titled album on Microfón in 1972. The following year saw the back-to-back releases of Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 on the label’s Talent imprint. Original drummer David Lebón played in various other local bands during this […]

Charly García

Charly García (born Oct. 23, 1951) is an Argentinian multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter who has been active since the early 1970s. He launched his career as half of the folk-rock duo Sui Generis, which issued three albums between 1972 and 1974. During the mid-’70s, he split time between the symphonic-rock quintet La Máquina de Hacer […]


Búsqueda were an Argentine folk four-piece of the late 1970s that issued a solitary, self-titled album on CBS in 1978. Members: Jorge Fernández Molina (guitar, mellotron, piano, organ, vocals), Tomás “Tommy” Loidi (guitar, vocals), Alfredo Muñoz (bass), Ricardo Renaldi (synthesizer), Daniel Carrizo (drums) Discography: Búsqueda (1978)


Bubu were an Argentine symphonic-rock septet that was active for five years during the 1970s. Their singular release from that period is the 1978 album Anabelas, which has since been hailed as one of the cornerstones of South American maximalist rock. The band would reunite four decades later and issue a second album. Members: Sergio […]

Bebu Silvetti

Bebu Silvetti (March 27, 1944 – July 5, 2003) was an Argentinian pianist, composer, arranger, and producer who was active during the last quarter of the 20th century. Launching his career under the recording moniker Silvetti, he scored a global hit in 1976 with the lush, string-laden instrumental “Silver Rain.” He later went into production […]


Banana were an Argentine pop/rock band that was active between the late 1960s and early 1980s. Issuing five albums at lengthy intervals amid numerous singles, the band reached their artistic zenith on 1979’s Aún es Tiempo de Soñar LP. Members: César “Banana” Pueyrredón (vocals, keyboards), Jorge Scoufalos (guitar, backing vocals), Daniel Pueyrredón (guitar), Alejandro Giordano […]

Ave Rock

Ave Rock were an Argentine symphonic/hard-rock band that was active during the mid-1970s. The band issued an eponymous album on Promúsica in 1974 and a self-released followup upon their breakup three years later. Members: Hector “Daddy” Antogna (drums), Federico Sainz (vocals), Luis Borda (guitar, vocals), Oscar Glavic (bass, vocals), Osvaldo Caló (keyboards), Marcelo Sabarido (drums), […]


Aucan were an Argentine folk-rock four-piece that was active between 1977 and 1980, during which they issued two albums on the Diorama and Sazam labels. Members: Eugenio Perez (vocals, guitar), Miguel Perez (vocals, guitar), Diego Perez (drums), Pablo Perez (bass, keyboards, vocals) Discography: Aucán (1977) Brotes del Alba (1980)

Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla (March 11, 1921 — July 4, 1992) was an Argentinian bandoneonist, composer, and arranger with a recording career that began in the late 1940s and continued into the early 1990s. During the 1970s, he fused the arrangements of his native tango with elements of electrified jazz-rock and orchestral Third Stream. This approach — dubbed […]

Arco Iris

Arco Iris are an Argentine folk-rock/art-rock quartet with a prolific 1970s output and a sporadic body of subsequent work. The band released six studio albums between 1970 and 1977, including the ambitious double-LPs Sudamérica o el Regreso a la Aurora and Agitor Lucens V. Mastering the chromatic fluidity and epic grandeur of symphonic jazz-rock, the […]


Aquelarre was an Argentine hard-rock/psych band that released four albums between 1974 and 1975 on the Trova and Talent labels. Bassist Emilio Del Güercio and drummer Rodolfo García hailed from local rock pioneers Almendra. Members: Emilio Del Güercio (bass, guitar, flute, vocals), Héctor Starc (guitar, vocals), Rodolfo García (drums, vocals), Hugo González Neira (keyboards, vocals) […]


Anacrusa were an Argentine folk-rock/art-rock band that was initially active during the 1970s. The band released five studio albums on the Redondel and Philips labels between 1973 and 1979. Members: Susana Lago (keyboards, vocals), José Luis Castiñeira de Dios (guitar, charango), Alejandro Erlich-Oliva (double bass, guitar, 1973-74), Elias Heger (drums, 1973-74), Rubén Izaurralde (flute, vocals, […]


Aeroblus were an Argentinian hard-rock/blues-rock power trio that issued one album on the Phillips label in 1977. The trio was a followup to guitarist Pappo’s namesake earlier band. Members: Norberto “Pappo” Napolitano (guitar, vocals), Alejandro Medina [aka Negro Medina] (bass), Rolando Castello Junior (drums) Discography: Aeroblus (1977)

Jorge Dalto

Jorge Dalto (July 7, 1948 — Oct. 27, 1987) was an Argentine jazz-funk pianist who released the album Chevere on United Artists in 1976. Between 1983 and 1988, a string of titles appeared on Eastworld, Gaia, and Concord Jazz Picante. Discography: Chevere (1976) Rendez-vous (1983 • Jorge Dalto & Super Friends) New York Nightline (1984) […]