Enrique Delgado began learning guitar from his mother at age 5 in the slums outside Lima. By 13, he joined his first touring group. Growing tired of his son's continual absence and questionable lifestyle, Delgado's father eventually kicked him out. For his remaining teen years, he stayed with friends when he wasn't cutting his teeth on the road in mariachi backing bands. In 1955, Delgado struck out on his own with his folk group, Los Palomillas, but he didn't break new ground until he switched to the electric guitar with Orquestra Fantasia in 1962. Delgado found himself at the forefront of Lima's Nueva Ola (New Wave). Beat bands inspired by Anglo pop were a phenomenon the world over, and Peru was no exception, producing a rich variety of garage, pop, and rock records in the 60s and 70s. In 1966, Enrique Delgado started a new group, Los Destellos, imposing South American folk stylings on his Beat bandmates.
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• DATO CURIOSO: Los Destellos originally had a female singer, but she left the group before they recorded their first record. Her name was Elsa Salgado, and the band pays her tribute with two of their most popular songs, "Elsa" and "Para Elsa."
• Find Los Destellos' illustrated discography here.