Musical Groups

Los Xey

Vocal comedy group from San Sebastian that enjoyed renown in the 1940s and 1950s. It was created in 1941 by a group of members of the Easo Choir, led by Víctor García and the pianist Guillermo Lazcano, who were joined by Txomin Arrasate, Xavier Olascoaga, Txiki Lahuerta and Pepito Yanci. In 1954 Arrasate was replaced by Xipri Larrañaga; Xavier Olascoaga was replaced by his brother Sabin. Larrañaga was in charge of the musical direction, the arrangements and even made popular advertising spots for the 61 Spanish radio stations, for several commercial firms such as Hojas Palmera, Magefesa, Galletas Marbú, Punto Blanco or Lámparas Phillips. Until their dissolution in 1961, they were very successful in the Basque capitals, Madrid and Barcelona, as well as in France and Germany. From 1946 onwards they triumphed in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Venezuela and, above all in Mexico, with songs such as La vaca lechera, Maite and Menudo menú. They recorded several albums, including El reloj del abuelo, Jalisco nunca pierde and Los de Amaika. They also appeared in films such as Historias de la radio by J. L. Sáenz de Heredia (1955) and Habanera by J. M. Elorrieta (1959).