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If you can still hum songs like “Súbete a mi moto” or “Mi banda toca rock,” you’re not alone. Puerto Rico’s boy band Menudo was a music sensation that sold millions of records at its peak in the 1980s — and its legacy lives on through reunions, concerts and the social media fervor of thousands of fans that still idolize the band members.
And now, here comes a new Menudo.
“Menudo: A New Beginning,” a search for the five members of a new incarnation of the boy band, kicked off last year, a joint project between actor Mario Lopez and Menudo Productions. Lopez will introduce the members of the new band March 20 on ABC’s Good Morning America, where the boys will debut their first single, “Mi Amore.”
The boys have big shoes to fill. The original Menudo is considered not only the most iconic Latin pop band but also one of the biggest and most successful boy bands of all time — and the only Latin group to reach this level of success. Although Menudo launched the careers of Ricky Martin and Robi “Draco” Rosa, who later became international solo stars, each one of its members still has a very special place in the hearts of their fans. If you haven’t had a chance to follow them on social media, here’s what some of the most famous Menudo members are up to now:
Along with his brothers Carlos and Óscar, Ricky was one of the band’s original members and appeared in the films Menudo: la película (1981) and Una aventura llamada Menudo (1982). When he left the group at 16, he was replaced by none other than Ricky Martin. Initially, Meléndez moved away from music to pursue a business career, and he also became a lawyer. But his passion for singing was stronger, and in 1998 he joined El Reencuentro, a successful Menudo reunion. Today, he performs along with his former bandmates Johnny Lozada and Miguel Cancel as part of the Súbete a Mi Moto tour.
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Lozada replaced Carlos Meléndez (Ricky’s brother) at the end of 1979 and was himself replaced in turn by Robi “Draco” Rosa. Johnny transitioned to a brief solo career and in 1987 founded the group Proyecto M together with ex-Menudos René Farrait and Xavier Serbiá. In addition to acting in TV soap operas and hosting Univision’s morning show Despierta América, he joined El Reencuentro in a series of successful tours. In 2013, he was the winner of Univision’s fourth season of Mira Quién Baila, a dancing competition in which he later served as a judge. Lozada acknowledges Menudo’s influence even after the release of the controversial HBO Max documentary Menudo: Forever Young. “We brought joy to all of Latin America,” he said during an interview on Al Punto con Jorge Ramos.