Spain, the land of sun, sea, sand and... song. During the 1960s, the country enjoyed an economic boom fuelled by its burgeoning tourist trade. Holidaymakers flocked from across Europe to the Iberian peninsula to make the most of a fortnight of seafood, sangria and sun cream.
With them came their cultural influences, enabling the music styles from northern Europe to head south too – in particular the yé-yé sound of France, or ye-yé as it is written in Spanish. The term derived from the ‘yeah yeahs’ of The Beatles’ songs and of rock and roll more generally, and the style was based largely on covers of US and UK hits – but with a distinctly Spanish twist.
As the decade moved on, more Spanish songwriters emerged and the country found its own, more original sound.
There were two centres of music in Spain – the capital, Madrid, and Catalonia’s Barcelona. In both cities, las chicas ye-yé were in high demand, and a host of girls shed their surnames and raised their skirt hems to become national stars.
Here we celebrate those Spanish señoritas of song, from the famous to the obscure. As this is the newest section of the website, please bear with us as we populate it.
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