Alfonso Sainz Amoros
At the age of fifteen, his father gave him and his brother Lucas a Bandurria and a guitar, not only beginning a musical hobby, but what later would come to be great a success and a change in the history of music in Spain. The two brothers began playing popular and classic music as a duo at the “Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu” in Madrid where they attended school. After meeting two classmates at the school, also aspiring musicians Ignacio Martín Sequeros and Pepe Nieto, the original “Los Pekenikes” was formed with Filipino singer Eddi Guzman. From there, a musical career that began in the ‘50’s when rock ‘n’ roll was a fresh new experience “Los Pekenikes began emulating the sounds of the times, like Elvis, Buddy Holly. Tony Luz was incorporated to the group as guitar and Juan Pardo and Junior as vocalist during the following years after Eddi ceased as vocalist from the group. The components founders of popular music group "The Pekenikes ": (bass), Jose Nieto (drums), the brothers Alfonso (sax) and Lucas (guitar) Sainz, and Eddy Guzman (vocals and guitar).
“I remember that Juan Pardo was our singer in those days (Juanito el cadenas) he carried a chain, a necklace, in his hand when he sung, he was also very “rockero. I learned to play saxophone and my friends called Toneti a famous circus guy that played the instrument.
As he grew older, Alfonso’s talents turned to composing and arranging material with his brother Lucas, Ignacio and Tony Luz, for their band, Los Pekenikes. “Our record company was a way for us to record English hits in Spanish, soon realizing out musical destiny was to compose and create our own sound, each one of us contributing our own style that allowed for an original and unique sound for the band.”
In 1964, Los Pekenikes had their first gold record with “Los Cuatro Muleros”, an instrumental single which sold millions throughout Spain, Europe and Latin America. This was the beginning of the mixing of popular and flamenco music with the combination of rock, creating a very original experiment. Alfonso recalls “it was very difficult to start a rock and rock group with under a very strong censorship”, but despite the control, that proved to be a success for Alfonso and his band members as they continued on creating a distinctive sound and style of their own while leading the charts and producing more number one hits throughout Europe.
In 1966, Alfonso, now in his fourth year medical school, composed Hilo de Seda”; the trademark of the instrumental group was now set in place and the beginning of a golden era for the Pekenikes began. Their success was huge and extended abroad, being one of the first groups to take the Spanish dream beyond the borders of Spain. But as with all success; there are always difficult times and setbacks. These obstacles were not only felt by Los Pekenikes, but by many young membered bands during that time, as the joining of the military service was a requirement. At the time, the army lasted for a long period and for many music groups involved, it was like handing them a death certificate and as well as a wake up to face the real world. Alfonso became private pilot so he could transfer to the air forces and avoid going to 3 summer of training via Milicias Universitarias. The Pekenikes survived as best as they could and recorded their third LP “Alarma”, without Alfonso’s brother Lucas, who was serving his Military duties at the time.
Alfonso moved to the states to practice medicine as his primary career, but never stopped composing, writing or singing. He has written and composed songs for many countless artist, and continues to do so. Because Alfonso's daughter Diana Sainz began creating a documentary on her father, she reunited him with Tim Coons who sung on Alfonso's first American album, from there this meeting lead to the creation of 4 fabulous songs to start with!
Spanish from Wikipedia
Los Pekenikes es un grupo de música que nació en Madrid en el año 1959, formado por algunos alumnos del Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu de Madrid, liderados por los hermanos Alfonso y Lucas Sáinz.
Por la banda han pasado múltiples personalidades del pop de los años 60 como Juan y Junior, Eddy Guzmán, Felipe Alcover, José Barranco, Lucas y Alfonso Sáinz, Tony Luz, Pepe Nieto, Jorge Matey, Félix Arribas, Vicente Gasca, Ignacio Martín Sequeros, Álvaro Serrano Calderon e incluso Luis Eduardo Aute,[cita requerida] realizando versiones en español de muchas piezas anglosajonas y colombianas, conformándose definitivamente como grupo instrumental tras el éxito de "Los cuatro muleros", a mediados de los años 60. En junio de 1965 fueron teloneros de Los Beatles en el concierto ofrecido en Madrid tras el desembarco del grupo inglés en España.
Su primer gran álbum instrumental data del año 1966 y en él se recogen grandes éxitos como "Lady Pepa" "Frente a palacio" o "Hilo de seda", entre otros. Otros grandes éxitos de su carrera musical lo conforman "Robin Hood", "Ritmo de concierto", "Embustero y bailarín" (producida por Tony Brito) "Sombras y rejas", "Arena caliente" y "Cerca de las estrellas".
"Palomitas de maíz", versión de "Popcorn", original de Gershon Kingsley, es también uno de sus grandes éxitos.
La calidad interpretativa de muchas de sus piezas, así como los arreglos empleados, hacen de este grupo uno de los más importantes del panorama del pop de la época.