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Menudo was a Puerto Rican boy band that was formed in the 1970s by producer Edgardo Diaz, releasing their first album in 1977. The band achieved much success, especially during the 1980s, becoming the most popular Latin America's teen musical group of the era.

During its course, the band had several radio hits. Their success led them to also release two feature films: Una Aventura Llamada Menudo and Menudo: La Película.

The band was a starting point for stars like Ricky Martin and Robi Draco Rosa, who were members during their youth.



Early years

Menudo was founded by Puerto Rican producer Edgardo Díaz in the late 70s. After the success he had with the management of the Spanish teen-group La Pandilla (from 1973–1976), Diaz returned to Puerto Rico to form a new group. As opposed to La Pandilla, his idea was to form an all-boys group where the members would rotate as they grew older, with the intention to keep the group young. A member would be replaced when he reached his 16th birthday, his voice changed, grew facial hair, or grew too tall.

The first incarnation of the band included two groups of brothers: Diaz's cousins Ricky Meléndez, [Carlos Melendez]], Oscar Melendez, and Fernando Sallaberry and Nefty Sallaberry. The name of the group came after an incident during their second rehearsal, where Díaz's sister entered the driveway of the house they were at and, puzzled by finding five young boys dancing and singing in the garage, she loudly exclaimed: "¡Qué mucho menudo hay aqui!" ("What a lot of young folk we have here!"). The phrase stuck, and the group was thus named Menudo.[citation needed]

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