The story of Mocedades goes back to the late 1960s in Bilbao, Spain. In the early '70s Mocedades achieved international fame with the smash hit Eres Tú (Touch The Wind). After that, Mocedades continued to turn out hit after hit, primarily in the Spanish-speaking world, throughout the '70s and '80s. Mocedades' impressive story continues today with live performances and plans to record a new CD.
The above graphic illustrates the member composition of Mocedades relative to each album from Mocedades 1 through Mocedades Canta A Walt Disney.
Mocedades: (from left to right) Javier Garay, Rosa Rodríguez, Luis Hornedo, Fernando González, Izaskum Uranga
The year was 1967 in Bilbao, the Basque Country's largest city, when a group of young students -- fans of folk and spiritual music and of the Beatles, like most other students -- decided to form a musical group that was first known as "Voces y Guitarras" ("Voices and Guitars"). They spent a year performing near home when one fine day they decided to record a demo on cassette and send it by way of a friend to a record company in Madrid. That is how the tape reached the hands of Juan Carlos Calderón, who took an immediate interest in the group and became their producer for more than eleven years. Renamed MOCEDADES, the group was now on its way to making a remarkable string of hits, including songs such as Eres Tú, which won second place in the 1973 Eurovision song festival. The following year, Eres Tú became a hit in the United States, with heavy rotation on radio and reaching the top ten lists, according to Billboard and Cash Box. Tómame o Déjame was a huge seller in Spain and most Latin American countries as were La Otra España, El Vendedor, ¿Quién Te Cantará?, Me Siento Seguro, etc.
In 1980 Mocedades signed with CBS Records (now Sony) and worked for seven years with Oscar Gómez as producer, turning out hits such as Amor de Hombre (which in just a few months sold 500,000 copies in Spain alone), La Música, Maitechu Mía (with Plácido Domingo), 15 Años De Música (a live, double album that set sales records in Spain and in the Americas), Colores (performed in Spanish and English with its composer, Donovan), Sobreviviremos, etc. With their new compact disc released in October 1997, titled MOCEDADES Canta a Walt Disney, the group now has more than twenty original albums as well as a large number of compilations. In addition, MOCEDADES' songs have been included countless number of times on the albums of other artists. MOCEDADES has recorded in many languages: Spanish, Basque, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Angolan, and Latin, but their recordings have been known and loved in Spanish all over the world.
MOCEDADES started with eight members and has had several changes in personnel over the course of the group's history. The first two albums were recorded by the original eight members: three Uranga sisters and a brother (Amaya, Estíbaliz, Izaskum, and Roberto), the Blanco brothers (Rafaél and Sergio), José Ipiña, and Francisco Panera. At the end of 1970, José Ipiña and Francisco Panera left the group and Javier Garay joined. In 1972 Estíbaliz Uranga, Sergio Blanco, and Rafaél Blanco left MOCEDADES while José Ipiña returned and Carlos Zubiaga joined. It was with this configuration of the "historic six" of Amaya, Carlos, Izaskum, Javier, José, and Roberto that MOCEDADES recorded its biggest hits.
In 1984 Amaya left MOCEDADES to pursue a solo career. Taking her place, Ana Bejerano arrived to record three albums with MOCEDADES: Colores, Sobreviviremos, and Intimamente. Released in 1992, Intimamente, a collection of pop classics, was recorded by Ana, Iñaki, Izaskum, Javier, and Roberto. Iñaki, another Uranga sibling, joined MOCEDADES following the 1988 departures of José Ipiña and Carlos Zubiaga. In 1993 more departures followed, leaving Izaskum and Javier, the only two remaining of the "historic six", to find new collaborators to record their next album, Suave Luz. It was a tall order for them to search for new members that understood and could take on the history of MOCEDADES, but they found José García, Iñigo Zubizarreta, and Inés Rangil to record Suave Luz, which included arrangements by Majorcan guitarist Joan Bibiloni and was released in late 1995.
In 1997, a tribute to Walt Disney, with music from his classic films interpreted by Mocedades, was released in the Spanish market. To record this MOCEDADES album, Javier and Izaskum were joined by Arsenio Gutiérrez, Idoia Arteaga, José Antonio Lasheras, and Fernando González. Juan Carlos Calderón produced the new album, working again with MOCEDADES for the first time in seventeen years.
From the '60s and '70s to the first decade of the new millennium, there have been many changes. But MOCEDADES remains true to its style and maintains the same enthusiasm with which it began in the late '60s. The group hopes to continue singing in live performances and recording CDs to share with all of you for many years to come.