Los Tres Reyes
- León García
Popular music trio. They were especially popular during the 1950s and 1960s throughout Latin America. The group, comprised of twin brothers Gilberto and Raul Puente (b 29 Nov 1936) and the former lead voice of Trio Los Panchos, Hernando Avilés (b 1 Feb 1914), formed in 1958 in Mexico City. By 1960 Los Tres Reyes was the most popular trio in Latin America, selling millions of albums. The combination of Avilés’s soft voice, Gilberto’s virtuosic requinto arrangements, and Raul’s accompaniment were a “blank check for success.” The trio is known for expanding the limits of popular trio music and exploring genres such as rock, jazz, guarachas, and cumbias, among many others. Gilberto is widely considered the greatest requinto player of all time. Among their most successful hits are Ódiame (1959), Jacarandosa (1959), Engañada (1960), Alas quebradas (1960), Poquita fe...