Almendra was an Argentine psychedelic rock band.
It was founded in 1967 by former members of the groups Larkins and Sbirros. After a single release in September 1968 and two more, the group went on tour. Then she brought in 1969 a first, self-titled, and in 1970 the album II out. Her biggest success was the song Muchacha ( Ojos de Papiel ). Fracturing differences in the group led to the dissolution of the band after participating in the Buenos Aires Rock Festival.
In 1979, the band was briefly called back to life; while the musicians released a live album and the new title El Valle Interior.
February 8, 2012 rhythm guitarist Luis Alberto Spinetta died at the age of 62 from lung cancer.
Despite the relatively short history of the band effect for the Argentine rock scene is very significant. In particular, Luis Alberto Spinetta was one of the figureheads of the Argentine scene. His subsequent bands Pescado Rabioso, Invisible, Spinetta Jade and Spinetta Y Los Socios Del Desierto, as well as his solo career extends to today. So he got several times the Konex Award for his outstanding achievements in the Argentine popular music awarded.
The other members of the band, founded new projects. So Emilio Del Guercio played at La Eléctrica Rioplatense. Edelmiro Molinari launched a solo career.