Gustavo Cerati, leader of seminal Argentine band Soda Stereo and among Latin America's most influential musicians, died on September 4th at the age of 55, four years after lapsing into a coma resulting from a stroke.
Soda Stereo was made up of Cerati (lead vocals, guitars, samplers, synthesizer, other instruments) Héctor "Zeta" Bosio (bass, backing vocals, sampler, synthesizer), and Charly Alberti (drums, percussion).The group was formed in 1982, just as Argentina was emerging from a military dictatorship, and became one of the most popular groups in the Spanish-speaking world in the 1980s and 1990s. The band broke up in 1997, but Cerati continued a successful solo career. His solo album Bocanada, released in 1999, is considered one of the great albums in Latin American pop music.
See Soda Stereo above play one of it's greatest hits "Musica Ligera". The clip is taken from thier 1997 farewell concert in Buenos Aires. Below listen to the track "Puente" from Cerati's 1999 album Bocanado.
Soda Stereo played a very important role in the development and dissemination of Latin American rock. They were the first Latin rock group to achieve success throughout South, Central and North America (principally in Mexico and Spanish-speaking population of United States) and even in Spain. The band established what would become the template for many other popular Spanish-speaking rock music groups. They have topped the all-time lists in much of Latin America and in their native Argentina, where they set landmarks in record sales and concert attendances.
In their active career they sold over 17 million of albums only in Latin America. The group reformed for a world tour in 2007.In 2002 Soda Stereo was awarded the Legend Prize by MTV Latin America, the first prize to be awarded of its kind. Four of their albums were included on the list of 250 Iberoamerican best albums of all time: Canción Animal (Nº 2), Comfort y Música Para Volar (Nº 15), Signos (Nº 40) y Sueño Stereo (Nº 41). Also, Rolling Stone considered Sueño Stereo as Nº 4 best of latin rock history.