Santa Esmeralda

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient
Tags: disco latin 70s soundtrack rock pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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A studio group performing in the disco-style of the late 70s, Santa Esmeralda made the US charts in 1977-78 with dance-orientated remakes of two songs originally popularized by the British group the Animals in the 60s. Santa Esmeralda featured vocalist Leroy Gomez (Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA), a multi-instrumentalist who had played with Elton John, Tavares and others before taking the Santa Esmeralda position. The group recorded two of Gomez’s songs, a cover version of Van Morrison’s ‘Gloria’ and the Animals’ hit ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’. An album was built around those songs and itself reached number 25 on Casablanca Records in the US in late 1977, while ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ made it to number 15. For the follow-up, the Animals’ ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’, Gomez was not involved, and the single peaked at number 78. No other singles charted, but a final album charted in late...

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