Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is a popular male singer in country music, having achieved many number one singles on the country charts, six multi-platinum albums and sales of over 25 million albums. He is married to popular female country singer Faith Hill. He was born in Delhi, Louisiana. His mother was a waitress named Betty Trimble (née D'Agostino, McGraw later received awards as an Italian-American) and his father was Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Early career

Tug McGraw had a brief affair with Tim's mother, and he was originally named Stanley Tim McGraw. Trimble raised Tim in Start, Louisiana, near Monroe. He didn't discover that McGraw was his father until he was 11. As a child, he was torn between a career in music and a career in athletics. While attending Northwestern State University, he was drawn to a musical career and started playing in clubs around Louisiana. Dropping out of university in 1989, he left for Nashville and played in clubs in that city hoping to be discovered.

He signed with Curb Records in 1990 but it wasn't until 1992 that he had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club" off his self-titled debut album which failed to make much of a dent on the charts. He achieved a couple of minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin Mind", off the same album in 1993.

Success

The second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best selling country album in 1994. The first single written by John D. Loudermilk called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics argued that it presented native Americans in a patronising way. As a result of the controversy, some radio stations refused to play it, but among some Indian tribes, the song was popular, going to the top of the playlist at the clear channel KTNN, the radio voice of the Navajo Nation. The controversy helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single and reached top 20 on the pop charts.

The second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. "Down on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached the top 5. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts. He won Academy of Country Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994.

Continued success and home life

All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number one on the country charts. The album sold over two million copies and reached top 5 on the Billboard 200. "I Like It, I Love It" reached number one on the country charts as the leadoff single while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. "Can't Really Be Gone" reached number two and "All I Want is a Life" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" reaching top 5.

In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. Faith Hill was his support act and the title of the tour turned out to be prophetic as the singers married late in the year. The couple have had three daughters – Gracie Katherine born May 5, 1997, Maggie Elizabeth born August 12, 1998 and Audrey Caroline born December 6, 2001.

His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation as a hell raiser. Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."

Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time associate Byron Gallimore. He has co-produced all three of her albums with Gallimore.

King and Queen of country

Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching number two on the album charts in 1997. The album sold 4 million copies. The first single "It’s Your Love", a duet with Faith Hill, reached number one on the country charts, reached the top ten in the pop charts and became the most played single in the history of the Billboard country charts. Three more singles "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows" and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country charts from the album. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997.

A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums. It featured another four chart topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me" with Patty Loveless “Something Like That”, “My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years". By 1999, he had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer in country music.

Faith Hill's career was also going well. Another duet between the pair "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the US country charts. Faith reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 with lead single "This Kiss" reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts and also making the pop charts in other countries including Australia and Canada. Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album charts. Her follow up album Breathe consolidated her success reaching number one on the Billboard 200 upon release on November 21, 1999 with the title track reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Way you Love Me also reached number 7. The album also featured another duet between the couple called "Let's Make Love" which won a Grammy in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. By the end of 1999, Tim McGraw was the most popular country male singer and Faith Hill was one of the most popular singers along with Shania Twain.

During summer 1999, Tim McGraw toured the US with the Dixie Chicks as the support artist as well as appearing as the headline artist at the George Strait Country Music Festival. In 2000, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on top of the country charts. He and his tour support artist Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers when Chesney attempted to ride one of their horses - Tim McGraw was later cleared of the charges.

In the latter half of 2000, he and Hill went out on the "Soul 2 Soul 2000" tour playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues including Madison Square Gardens. It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during 2000.

Set This Circus Down was released in 2001 featuring four number one country hits - "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time", "The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken". A duet with Jo-Dee Messina "Bring on the Rain" also topped the country charts. "Things Change" made the history as the first country song to chart from a downloaded version following his performance of the song at the CMA Awards Show.

Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors

In 2002, Tim McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band the Dancehall Doctors in the Catskill Mountains. Unlike rock music where it is commonplace for touring bands such as the E Street Band or Crazy Horse to play on albums with the artist they support, country albums are normally recorded with session musicians.

Tim McGraw states on his web site that he felt he owed it to the musicians who had been an integral part of his success. "My previous albums were done in pretty much the Nashville way—the session guys came in and laid down their tracks and then I sang. I'm proud of all of those records, but I wanted to capture some of the feel and groove that I loved in my favorite records when I was growing up. It's almost unheard of for a country artist to record with his road band, but my guys have been with me for a long time, and they're an important part of what I do. And it was time to get that on a record."

All of the Dancehall Doctors had been with Tim McGraw since at least 1996. They include:

  • Darran Smith - lead guitar;
  • Denny Hemington - steel guitar;
  • Bob Minner - acoustic guitar;
  • John Marcus - bass guitar;
  • Dean Brown - fiddler;
  • Jeff McMahon - keyboards;
  • Billy Mason - drums; and
  • David Dunkley - percussion.

Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors was released on November 26, 2002 reached number 2 on the country charts with "Real Good Man" reaching number one. "She's My Kind of Rain" reached number 2 in 2003 and "Red Rag Top" reached the top 5. The album also features a faithful cover version of "Tiny Dancer" from Elton John's album Madman Across the Water. The artist also features appearances by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" - a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks - and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal".

Over and Over

In late 2004, his unlikely duet with rapper Nelly on "Over and Over", a soft ballad of lost love, became an enormous crossover hit. [1] (http://www.sixshot.com/articles/4572/)

"Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market.

Politics

In a 2004 interview, McGraw said he would like to run for public office in the future. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton, unusual in the predominantly Republican country music industry.

Discography

  • Tim McGraw (album) (1993)
  • Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)
  • All I Want (1995)
  • Everywhere (1997)
  • Place in the Sun (1999)
  • Greatest Hits (Tim McGraw) (2000)
  • Set this Circus Down (2001)
  • Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002)
  • Live Like You Were Dying (2004)

Further reading

Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors - This is Ours, Atria Books, 2002 (ISBN 074346706X).


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Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors - This is Ours, Atria Books, 2002 (ISBN 074346706X). After 1996, Menudo changed its name to MDO. In a 2004 interview, McGraw said he would like to run for public office in the future. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton, unusual in the predominantly Republican country music industry. Initially expecting this new group to be named Menudo, he surprised the press and general public by naming them Tic Toc. There have been announcements that new management has been working on bringing back Menudo with five new members and 2 substitutes for 2005. "Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market. In 2004, Edgardo Diaz announced that he will be bringing a new group with the Menudo formula into the music industry. [1] (http://www.sixshot.com/articles/4572/). Edgardo Diaz introduced the new MDO in January 2005.

In late 2004, his unlikely duet with rapper Nelly on "Over and Over", a soft ballad of lost love, became an enormous crossover hit. The members wanted to pursue other projects. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal". In early 2003, MDO officially broke up on amicable terms. The artist also features appearances by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" - a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks - and Don Henley and Timothy B. They are scheduled to give one final concert rightly entitled "El Momento del Adios" (Goodbye's Moment) in April 2005. The album also features a faithful cover version of "Tiny Dancer" from Elton John's album Madman Across the Water. Their world tour was a wild success, proving that, to Menudo fans, Menudomania lives on.

Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors was released on November 26, 2002 reached number 2 on the country charts with "Real Good Man" reaching number one. "She's My Kind of Rain" reached number 2 in 2003 and "Red Rag Top" reached the top 5. Because of legal issues, the comebackers could not perform as Menudo, so they were known as El Reencuentro (The Re-encounter) instead. They include:. In 1998, former Menudo members Rene, Johnny, Miguel, Ricky, Charlie, and Ray reunited to perform the songs that Menudo popularized during their era. All of the Dancehall Doctors had been with Tim McGraw since at least 1996. A self-titled Spanish album was released, increasing the group's popularity in Latin America and the U.S. And it was time to get that on a record.". Along with the new name, Andy left the group and Daniel Weber became MDO's first member to join under the new name.

It's almost unheard of for a country artist to record with his road band, but my guys have been with me for a long time, and they're an important part of what I do. The band changed their name to MDO. I'm proud of all of those records, but I wanted to capture some of the feel and groove that I loved in my favorite records when I was growing up. In 1997, the name Menudo was sold to Venezuelan interests. "My previous albums were done in pretty much the Nashville way—the session guys came in and laid down their tracks and then I sang. With Anthony and Didier, they released their last Spanish album as Menudo, entitled Tiempo De Amar. Tim McGraw states on his web site that he felt he owed it to the musicians who had been an integral part of his success. In 1996, Ashley and Ricky Lopez left the group and were replaced by Anthony Galindo from Venezuela and Didier Hernandez of Cuban descent.

Unlike rock music where it is commonplace for touring bands such as the E Street Band or Crazy Horse to play on albums with the artist they support, country albums are normally recorded with session musicians. Menudo did not record any albums in 1995. In 2002, Tim McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band the Dancehall Doctors in the Catskill Mountains. This same lineup in 1994 released the next Spanish album Imaginate.... A duet with Jo-Dee Messina "Bring on the Rain" also topped the country charts. "Things Change" made the history as the first country song to chart from a downloaded version following his performance of the song at the CMA Awards Show. A second English single called "Cosmopolitan Girl" was also released. Set This Circus Down was released in 2001 featuring four number one country hits - "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time", "The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken". With Lopez, Menudo recorded another Portuguese album Vem Pra Mim featuring new versions of Spanish songs released from 1991 and 1992.

It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during 2000. In 1993, Adrian left the group, and Ricky Lopez joined. In the latter half of 2000, he and Hill went out on the "Soul 2 Soul 2000" tour playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues including Madison Square Gardens. The group continued to travel through Latin America and had a reasonably good fan base even though it wasn't like their golden years in the 80's. He and his tour support artist Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers when Chesney attempted to ride one of their horses - Tim McGraw was later cleared of the charges. (Years later, the old wounds healed; McGillis is associated with Edgardo Diaz.) Menudo also recorded a Spanish album celebrating Menudo's 15 years in the music industry, entitled 15 Años. In 2000, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on top of the country charts. After reports that Edgardo Diaz was authorizing the manufacture of pirated CDs and cassettes of recordings made under the McGillis Records label, McGillis (armed with a court order and assisted by armed marshalls) embargoed a concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico; he also confiscated money and merchandise to compensate for incurred losses.

During summer 1999, Tim McGraw toured the US with the Dixie Chicks as the support artist as well as appearing as the headline artist at the George Strait Country Music Festival. "The A-Team" (as they were called by Edgardo Diaz due to all their names beginning with the letter A), recorded an English single "Dancin, Movin, Shakin," which would be the first of a few English recordings under the Darrin McGillis management. By the end of 1999, Tim McGraw was the most popular country male singer and Faith Hill was one of the most popular singers along with Shania Twain. In 1992, there were no changes in the group. The album also featured another duet between the couple called "Let's Make Love" which won a Grammy in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. With this brand new lineup, the Spanish album Detras de tu Mirada (Behind Your Stare) was released. The Way you Love Me also reached number 7. Meanwhile, management scrambled to find four new members: Alexis, Ashley, Andy and Abel.

Her follow up album Breathe consolidated her success reaching number one on the Billboard 200 upon release on November 21, 1999 with the title track reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. All the members (except Adrian) held a press conference announcing that they were quitting the group due to allegations of physical and sexual abuse. Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album charts. 1991 was a scandalous year for Menudo. Faith reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 with lead single "This Kiss" reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts and also making the pop charts in other countries including Australia and Canada. But the worst was yet to come. Another duet between the pair "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the US country charts. With these new additions, the group was working on recording a new Spanish album.

Faith Hill's career was also going well. Months later, in 1991, Edward Aguilera from Spain and Jonathan Montenegro from Venezuela joined the band. By 1999, he had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer in country music. The management immediately fired these two members. It featured another four chart topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me" with Patty Loveless “Something Like That”, “My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years". In probably the most embarrassing moment for Menudo, in November, 1990, Ruben and Sergio were detained in Miami with alleged possession of marijuana. A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums. With Adrian, Menudo recorded their first Portuguese album in four years, Os Ultimos Herois and the Spanish album No Me Corten El Pelo (Don't Cut My Hair).

The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997. Angelo was replaced by Cesar Abreu, however he lasted about 7 months only to be replaced by the first Mexican member Adrian Olivares. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. He signed with World Wide Entertainment under the direction of Darrin McGillis, and released his first solo release on McGillis Records. The first single "It’s Your Love", a duet with Faith Hill, reached number one on the country charts, reached the top ten in the pop charts and became the most played single in the history of the Billboard country charts. Three more singles "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows" and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country charts from the album. In 1990, Angelo Garcia left the group unexpectedly (once again to creative differences and alleged improper treatment). The album sold 4 million copies. For Menudo, more troubles loomed ahead in the 90's.

Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching number two on the album charts in 1997. (This lineup would reunite years later as "Los Ultimos Heroes" for a series of concerts in Puerto Rico and Latin America.). He has co-produced all three of her albums with Gallimore. This production re-solidified Menudo's popularity in Latin America, especially in Venezuela where a 5-part miniseries was shot to promote the album. Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time associate Byron Gallimore. With Rawy, Menudo recorded the Spanish album Los Ultimos Heroes (The Last Heroes). The other ten percent I'll probably waste.". Ricky Martin's last concert with Menudo was in the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. In July 1989, after 5 years with the group, Ricky Martin left the group, replaced by Rawy Torres. His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation as a hell raiser. This album put Menudo back on the map in Latin America. The couple have had three daughters – Gracie Katherine born May 5, 1997, Maggie Elizabeth born August 12, 1998 and Audrey Caroline born December 6, 2001. Robert Avellanet was added, and the Spanish album Sombras & Figuras (Shadows & Figures) was released. Faith Hill was his support act and the title of the tour turned out to be prophetic as the singers married late in the year. Once again, the group performed as a quartet for a few months.

In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. However, problems continued. Raymond became the second member to quit the group due to creative differences, similar to what happened with Robby only a year and a half earlier. "Can't Really Be Gone" reached number two and "All I Want is a Life" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" reaching top 5. tour with the release of the new English album. "I Like It, I Love It" reached number one on the country charts as the leadoff single while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. Concert promoter and record executive Darrin McGillis promoted Menudo on a widely successful, forty city U.S. The album sold over two million copies and reached top 5 on the Billboard 200. With Angelo, Menudo released the English album Sons of Rock, on which Menudo scored a lukewarm hit "You Got Potential," (for which Angelo would later acquire the song rights).

All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number one on the country charts. Menudo performed without Ralphy for a few months, then Angelo Medina joined the group. He won Academy of Country Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994. With only a year in the group, Ralphy was pulled from the group by his parents over issues with management regarding how Ralphy was treated. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts. More problems came for Menudo in 1988. "Down on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached the top 5. It wasn't the same with the Phillippine fans, and Menudo never returned after that tour.

The second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. The Phillippine tour proved successful, but the fans missed Ray, Roy, Charlie, and Robby. The controversy helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single and reached top 20 on the pop charts. They released the Spanish album Somos Los Hijos del Rock (We are the Sons of Rock), followed by an English-Tagalog album for the Phillippines titled In Action. As a result of the controversy, some radio stations refused to play it, but among some Indian tribes, the song was popular, going to the top of the playlist at the clear channel KTNN, the radio voice of the Navajo Nation. They began to be portrayed with a more rough, rockish look. This was also applied to their music which was described before as bubble-gum pop. Loudermilk called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics argued that it presented native Americans in a patronising way. With Ruben, Menudo also went through a complete image makeover.

The first single written by John D. Charlie was asked to come back one more time for the tour, which was quite successful, but it was apparent that the group's popularity wasn't the same. The second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best selling country album in 1994. The management filled Robby's absence with Ruben Gomez. He achieved a couple of minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin Mind", off the same album in 1993. Insulted, Robby decided to leave. He signed with Curb Records in 1990 but it wasn't until 1992 that he had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club" off his self-titled debut album which failed to make much of a dent on the charts. They turned him down and apparently mocked him.

Dropping out of university in 1989, he left for Nashville and played in clubs in that city hoping to be discovered. Apparently, he had written a song and presented the idea to management. While attending Northwestern State University, he was drawn to a musical career and started playing in clubs around Louisiana. With Ralphy, Menudo was preparing for a summer tour through the U.S., but without warning, Robby became the first member ever to quit the group. As a child, he was torn between a career in music and a career in athletics. He was replaced by Ralphy Rodriguez. He didn't discover that McGraw was his father until he was 11. By this time, Charlie, who was with Menudo for 5 years, was the next to leave.

Trimble raised Tim in Start, Louisiana, near Monroe. 1987 was what some fans described the beginning of the fall for Menudo. Tug McGraw had a brief affair with Tim's mother, and he was originally named Stanley Tim McGraw. As usual, Spanish, Portuguese, and English albums Refrescante (Refreshing), Menudo, and Can't Get Enough respectively, were released during this time. His mother was a waitress named Betty Trimble (née D'Agostino, McGraw later received awards as an Italian-American) and his father was Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. With Sergio, Menudo recorded their only Italian album Viva! Bravo! with versions of earlier Spanish and English hits like "No Te Reprimas," "Hold Me," "Sabes A Chocolate," among others. He was born in Delhi, Louisiana. In 1986, Roy was replaced by Sergio Blass.

He is married to popular female country singer Faith Hill. A full Portuguese version was also recorded, A Festa Vai Começar (The Party's Going To Start) to coincide with a successful tour in Brazil. Tim McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is a popular male singer in country music, having achieved many number one singles on the country charts, six multi-platinum albums and sales of over 25 million albums. He was replaced by Raymond Acevedo. With Raymond, Menudo recorded their second English album, their self-titled album Menudo, which scored the hit "Hold Me." Later that year, the group recorded their next Spanish album Ayer Y Hoy (Yesterday & Today). Live Like You Were Dying (2004). In 1985, Ray left the group due to his sudden change of voice and height. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002). He was replaced with Ricky Martin. Martin, along with Robby, Ray, Roy, and Charlie, released the Spanish album Evolucion which produced hits like "Sabes A Chocolate" and "Amor Primero." By this time, Menudo's popularity reached parts of Asia including Japan and the Phillippines.

Set this Circus Down (2001). Unavoidably, in mid-1984, it was Ricky Melendez's turn to leave, and he did so in a great concert, becoming the only Menudo member to last seven years. Greatest Hits (Tim McGraw) (2000). With Robby, Menudo released their first English album Reaching Out which featured the theme track "Like a Cannonball" for the Hollywood movie Cannonball Run 2 and their first Portuguese album Mania, both featuring versions of some of their Spanish hits. Place in the Sun (1999). Robi Rosa who would later be the mastermind behind Ricky Martin's hits "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "The Cup of Life"). Everywhere (1997). In early 1984, Johnny was replaced by Robby Rosa (a.k.a.

All I Want (1995). They released the Spanish album A Todo Rock. Not a Moment Too Soon (1994). With Ray and Roy, Menudo signed a multi-million dollar contract with RCA International. Tim McGraw (album) (1993). In 1983, Xavier and Miguel left about 6 months apart from each other, being replaced by Ray Reyes and Roy Rosello respectively. David Dunkley - percussion. When he entered the group, they recorded Por Amor (where he debuted his first lead song "La Chispa De La Vida") and the soundtrack for Menudo's big screen adventure Una Aventura Llamada Menudo, where they also sang classics like "Clara" and "Senora Mia".

Billy Mason - drums; and. He was successfully succeeded by Charlie Masso, who made millions of fans for himself. Jeff McMahon - keyboards;. Rene was the first to leave, right in the middle of Menudomania. Dean Brown - fiddler;. Eventually Rene, Xavier, Miguel, and Johnny were replaced by younger Menudo members. John Marcus - bass guitar;. Menudomania was compared to Beatlemania.

Bob Minner - acoustic guitar;. "Menuditis" became a medical term, a diagnosis for girls who needed medical attention after attending a Menudo concert. Denny Hemington - steel guitar;. The group also had a fanbase in Spain and the rest of Europe. Darran Smith - lead guitar;. At that time, their songs included "Subete A Mi Moto", "Ella A-A", "Quiero Ser", a Spanish version of "Voulez Vous", and "Fuego". The plane carried Menudo's name on both sides of the fuselage and made it the first boy band ever with its own private jet.

During that time, Diaz was able to afford a Cessna jet airplane that had belonged to American President Richard Nixon and the Shah of Iran. The group became very popular in Latin America, especially in Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, and Panama. This revolving-door policy made Menudo different from other pop acts: a member would be replaced when he reached his 16th birthday or his voice broke. Menudo's real boom came during the 1980s, after the Sallaberry brothers and Oscar and Carlos Melendez were replaced with Rene Farrait, Johnny Lozada, Xavier Serbia and Miguel Cancel.

During this time, they scored a hit with "Los Fantasmas" and they were able to get a regular tv show on Telemundo canal 2 every Saturday night. In the next few years, Menudo toured Puerto Rico from shopping mall to shopping mall, from fiesta patronal (a citywide yearly celebration) to fiesta patronal. Menudo was a Puerto Rican boy band from the 1980s and 1990s. Started in 1977 by Edgardo Diaz, it initially included two sets of brothers: Diaz's cousins Ricky, Oscar and Carlos Melendez, and Fernando and Nefty Sallaberry. For the Mexican soup, see Menudo Soup.

This article concerns the boy band Menudo. 1996 Tiempo De Amar [New members: Anthony & Didier]. 1994 Imaginate... [Same as above]. 1993 Vem Pra Min (Portuguese) [New member: Ricky Lopez].

1992 15 Años [Same as above]. 1991 Detras De Tu Mirada [New members: Alexix, Ashley, Andy & Abel]. 1990 No Me Corten El Pelo [Same as above]. 1990 Os Ultimos Herois [New member: Adrian].

1989 Los Ultimos Heroes [New member: Rawy]. 1988 Sombras Y Figuras [New member: Robert]. 1988 Sons of Rock [New member: Angelo]. 1987 In Action (English-Tagalog) [Same as above].

1987 Somos Los Hijos del Rock [New members: Ralphy and Ruben]. 1986 Menudo (Portuguese) [Same as above]. 1986 Can't Get Enough [Same as above]. 1986 Refrescante [Same as above].

1986 Viva! Bravo! (Italian) [New Member: Sergio]. 1985 A Festa Vai Começar [Same as above]. 1985 Ayer y Hoy [Same as above]. 1985 Menudo (English) [New Member: Raymond].

1984 Evolucion [New Member: Ricky Martin]. 1984 Mania [Same as above]. 1984 Reaching Out [New Member: Robby]. 1983 A Todo Rock [New Members: Ray and Roy].

1982 Feliz Navidad [Same as above]. 1982 Una Aventura Llamada Menudo (Movie Soundtrack) [Same as above]. 1982 Por Amor [New Member: Charlie]. 1981 Quiero Ser [New Member: Miguel].

1981 Fuego [Same as above]. 1980 Es Navidad [New Member: Xavier]. 1980 Mas Mucho Mas [New Member: Johnny]. 1979 Chiquitita [New Member: Rene].

1978 Laura [Original Members]. 1977 Los Fantasmas [Original Members].

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