Raul Alberto Antonio Gieco, better known as Leon Gieco is a pop-folk music composer and interpreter. He is known for mixing popular folkloric genres with Argentine rock, and for lyrics with social and political connotations. This has led to him being called "the Argentine Bob Dylan".
Gieco started working at the age of 8. With his own money he bought a guitar, and soon started playing at school at patriotic holiday commemorations, and with Los Nocheros, a folkloric music group. He also played with a rock band called Los Mocosos, that soon gained some popularity within the neighbouring towns. They played songs of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Spencer Davis Group, when they won a competition to play on Rosario TV Channel 5 in 1965.
At the same time, he continued to play with his other group and had a contract for two shows, but the breakup of the band forced him to perform solo at those shows. The audience seemed to like the one-man show, and Gieco decided to continue his path alone. In 1976 he released El Fantasma de Canterville ("The Ghost of Canterville"). The record suffered a great deal of censorship from the military government; he had to change the lyrics of six songs and remove three others altogether. Nevertheless, the record was a success, and he had concerts not only around Argentina but also in other countries of South America. Two years later he released IV LP, with one of his most famous songs: Solo le pido a Dios ("I only ask of God"). Because of the political situation in Argentina, he moved to Los Angeles, California for a year.
Gieco's official page
Leon Gieco - Interview to Diagonal
Leon Gieco - Discography, lyrics, pictures, ringtones, forum
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