Long before the American boy bands came to the music scene and gained worldwide followers, there was Menudo, a popular Puerto Rican boy band. Menudo was started in the year 1977 by Edgardo Diaz together with his cousins who happened to be brothers in real life as well, Carlo and Oscar Melendez and Nefty and Fernando Sallaberry. The band used to perform around Puerto Rico’s shopping malls and fiestas. Their first hit was “Eran Los Fantasmas” and they landed a television show with Telemundo Canal 2 that airs every Saturday night.
It was in 1980 when Menudo’s singing career reaches its highest peak. This time, Sallaberry and Melendez brothers were replaced by Johnny Lozada, Rene Farrait, Miguel Cancel, and Xavier Serbia. Menudo was very famous in Latin America countries like Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, and Panama. It was also this time that Edgardo Diaz was able to purchase a Cessna jet airplane that once belonged to US President Richard Nixon. This made history and raises the pride of Puerto Rico flag for Menudo was the first ever boy band which flies using their own private plane.
Menudo also gained a fan base in European countries such as Spain. There was even a medical term coined “Menuditis” which refers to woman who is in need of medical attention after attending a Meduno concert. This term is compared to Beatle’s “Beatlemania.”
In 1984, Ricky Melendez retired from Menudo after eight years to give way to a new and younger singer Ricky Martin, who became a famous solo singer. With new members Roy Rosello, Ray Reyes, Raymond Acevedo, Roby Rosa, the group produced hit songs like Indianapolis, Tu Sabes A Chocolate, and Like a Cannonball which was used in a Hollywood movie Cannonball Run 2.