at the age of 15 I joined a series of Rock bands in Puerto
Rico such as The We Know You,
Los We, The Undertakers, and
finally The Living End in 1965.
The We Know You
Roberto, Gonchi, Jaime
The Living End started in
1964. Formerly called The Voltures, they had gone to play in
New York where they aquired a girl singer named Diana. She
was Carli's girlfriend I believe, and she had recorded a
previous single in N.Y. titled "We Want Short Shorts". They were gone for a year or so.
I was playing at the time in a Bar named "La Cucaracha"
in Old San Juan with a rock band from N.Y. The Voltures
original band were: Jorge Calderon-guitar, Carli Muñoz
-organ, Amaury Lopez - drums, and Osvaldo Torres-bass.
Osvaldo was the one to get me to play bass and taught me the
first lines. I used to go to The Voltures parties and carry
their equipment as a roadie to watch them play. When they
decided to go to N.Y., Osvaldo remained in P.R. because of
Roberto (Bobby) Puras
Tessie, Amaury, Jorge, Roberto
One night I was playing at La Cucaracha and Jorge, Amaury
and Carli walked in and watched me play. After the set was
done they approached me and proposed the idea of starting
The Living End… I said yes immediately! Two weeks later we
started at a brand new club in Old San Juan that was to be
"The Scene" disco as a pilot test idea. The first week after
opening, the lines to come into the club rounded the block
and the rest was history!
A few months later Diana left the group. We continued
without a lead singer, then one night Tessie walked into the
club. She sang 1 song and that was it!, pure magic came
about. She stayed in the group and we started focusing on
playing more R&B which is what thrusted us sky high and set
us apart from the rest to become a #1 band in P.R.
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