1972 Malo – Suavecito
Latin music became more popular in the Southwestern US in the late sixties and early seventies. Members of two Latin bands formed a new band in 1971. Richard Bean, Arcelio Garcia, and Jorge Santana from The Malibus and Roy Murray, and Richard Spremich, and Abel Zarate from Naked Lunch named their band Malo.
Malo recorded their first album in 1971 and released Suavacito as their first single. By the spring of 1972, the song had reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
After the rapid success of the single, the band had a falling out and three of the members left, including two of the three members who had written their hit record and sung the vocals (Richard and Abel). The band never got near the top forty again.
After that, the band’s recordings did progressively worse with each release. The lineup of the band changed dramatically over time, but ten albums had been released by 2004.
In 1999, Sugar Ray sampled the band’s hit in the chorus of the single Every Morning.
In 2017, Richard returned to lead the group, and he recruited many of the past musicians to rejoin them as well. The band continues to appear in live shows.
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