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1) Czech beat band The Matadors., active from 1965 until 1968. The members were Otto Bezloja (bass guitar, leader), Radim Hladík (lead guitar), Jan “Farmer” Obermayer (organ), Miroslav “Tony Black” Schwarz (drums) as well as Karel Kahovec (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Vladimír Mišík (vocals, bluesharp). The latter two have been replaced in late 1966 by ex-Flamengo Viktor Sodoma jr. (vocals).

The Matadors formed in early 1965 from Fontana (The Fontanas), with members from Pra-Be and Komety (The Comets). Fontana’s manager (and until early 1965 also their drummer) Wilfried Jelinek secured a promotional deal with an East German manufacturer of sound equipment and music instruments. Since the group began to use an electronic organ named Matador, they changed their name accordingly to promote it. The Matadors performed exclusively in East Germany until April 1966, their live repertoire consisted mostly of cover versions from popular beat groups like The Who, The Kinks or The Small Faces.
The original Czech edition cover of 1968’s album The Matadors.

Between 1966 and 1968 Supraphon released two Matadors singles and two EPs, another two tracks appeared on an album compilation. The earlier original compositions were sung by Kahovec (“Sing A Song Of Sixpence”, “Snad jednou ti dám”) or Mišík (“Malej zvon co mám”, “Don’t Bother Me”, “Old Mother Hubbard”). With lead singer Sodoma they recorded their only album in May and June 1968.

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  • macdangermouse

    The Glasgow Matadors were best of all. Sad they've split now.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • zweigl22

    The czech Matadors were great! Theyr "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"-version was better then the Stones one. For a long time I used the Album (@ the main-pic), it was phantastic.

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
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  • Gemeos

    oh wait the one i put was accepted. So no bigger problem then :)

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Gemeos

    Still, compare the top cd´s. i think that at least you should have data of the swedish matadors on this page.

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • BrianJohnson89

    The first song is from czech Matadors and it is far above the others. :)

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Gemeos

    Vote yes for the swedish matador photos. Not disrespecting the czech band, but i believe the majority of listeners listen to the swedish matadors albums and not to the czech band

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • full_massa

    I found a blog with tons of psychobilly albums for free download! Have fun!!

    26 Jun 2008 Reply
  • RiP_BitZer

    No, I'm not that cool, cha cha cha!

    7 Feb 2007 Reply

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