Os Ekos

Os Ekos

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Formed by students in Campo de Ourique, Lisbon, in 1963, they were originally led by their singer, Zé Luís (José Luís Moreira Lourenço). An important moment for the group came when they met Cliff Richard, who advised them to sing in Portuguese in order to distinguish themselves from other groups.
They started releasing records in 1965, hitting with pop fare like “Esquece” ("Forget It", in English), a cover of P.J. Proby's "Hold On". In 1966 they competed in the Grande Concurso Yé-Yé (Great Yé-Yé Competition) held at Teatro Monumental in Lisbon in 1966, ending up in fifth.
By the time “I Saw That Girl” (1967) was released, they were trying a song in English again, with good results.
Os Ekos went through lineup changes as several members left to serve in the military in Angola, and the group wrote some songs about the colonial war situation, some of which, like Sol e Paz, had their lyrics censored by the Portuguese dictatorship at the time. “Habitat 736” is one of these topical songs, their sixth and last record before breaking up in 1970.
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AEP 60724 Os Ekos Esquece(7", EP) Alvorada AEP 60724 Portugal 1965 Sell This Version
AEP 60 757 Os Ekos Diz Que Me Amas(7", EP) Alvorada AEP 60 757 Portugal 1965 Sell This Version
AEP 60 812 Os Ekos (7", EP) Alvorada AEP 60 812 Portugal 1966 Sell This Version
EP-60-984 Os Ekos I Saw That Girl(7", EP) Alvorada EP-60-984 Portugal 1967 Sell This Version
AEP 60 906 Os Ekos Versàteis Ekos(7", EP) Alvorada AEP 60 906 Portugal 1967 Sell This Version
EP-60-1245 Os Ekos Sol E Paz(7", EP) Alvorada EP-60-1245 Portugal 1970 Sell This Version