Enrique Gonzalez and De Luxe: music icons in Guayaquil
It was in 1979 when he and the band released their first music album called “Disco Tango” containing hits like “El día que me Quieras” and “Caminito”. Since then, Enrique, along with his music band De Luxe began to write the story in their lives, becoming musical references of Guayaquil city.
Enrique Gonzales, lead singer of De Luxe band, says that he was related to music from an early age. Their musical references were Enrique Guzman, Cesar Costa, The Beatles, Los Iracundos and Paul Anka.
At the age of 14, Enrique started his first band of covers with their classmates. With borrowed equipment, the band began playing in fairs of different neighborhoods and schools in the city. Over the years, under the name Rolling Union, the band became increasingly noted in bars, clubs, theaters, and intercollegiate.
One day, the mother of Alberto and Roberto Vallarino (+), both former members of Los Corvets music band, invited Enrique to be part of this group. On September 24, 1971, Enrique debuted with Los Corvets at the Lions Club of Guayaquil. However, his participation in this band was short. After the Vallarino family tragedy in 1974, “nothing was as before. On December 31, the group disbanded. ”
Enrique continued his studies at the Antonio Neuman conservatory and working on music projects. Luis ‘Bug’ Varas (+), producer of Ifesa then, contacted him and together they recorded Disco Tango on June 24, 1979, the album that made them successful. “Became gold and a best seller with 100,000 copies.”
Since then, after thirty years, De Luxe band remains as one of the musical references within the city of Guayaquil.