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The Speakers

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Bogotá - Colombia (1963 – 1969)

One of the first Rock bands in South America, The Speakers were formed in Bogotá - Colombia, in 1963. After releasing several locally successful albums they penned En El Maravilloso Mundo De Ingesón in 1968, which is widely regarded as the groundbreaking masterpiece of Latin American psychedelic rock music.

Lead by Humberto Monroy and Rodrigo García, The Speakers was originally a 5-piece group that included Fernando Latorre and brothers Luis and Edgar Dueñas. Oswaldo Hernandez, Oscar Lasprilla and Roberto Fiorilli were members of the band as well. / See full line-ups and time frame below.

Just as the Brazilian Os Mutantes and their local colleagues The Flippers did after them, The Speakers initially borrowed the look and musical styles of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and The Byrds. They also adopted the same musical instruments: Hofner Basses, Ludwig Drums, and Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Fender and Gibson Guitars. On the fanbase side, female fan hysteria was a coincidence as well. As the 60’s evolved into psychedelia the band followed, and bands as Jefferson Airplane and Iron Butterfly became their source of inspiration.

They were first signed by Sello Vergara and later by the more prominent Discos Bambuco. By the mid sixties -and after going through an earlier so-called “Yeah Yeah” / “Go Go” phase-, the band made a departure from singing covers and songs in English. In 1966 The Speakers were reduced to a 4-piece and released the more experimental Tuercas Tornillos Y Alicates, -reminiscent of the sound of bands like The Byrds. In 1967 they released the newly psychedelic self-titled The Speakers.

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