The Mexican band Timbiriche, which began as a children’s group and that progressed to adulthood, it was a hotbed of talent, controversy and commercial success that marked the entertainment industry in Mexico in the 1980s and 1990s, but 40 years after its formation its memory passes without official celebrations and its success is clouded by issues of sex scandals.
In Mexico, the Children’s Day It is celebrated on April 30 and on that date, but in 1982, a group of six children burst onto the national scene seeking not only to be the next promise of the show, but also direct competition to the Spanish children’s group. Parcheesi.
Paulina Rubio, Mariana Garza, Alix Bauer Y Diego Schöning They had been the nicest and most outstanding among 600 children that the actress and producer Martha Zavaleta took on the task of analyzing to put together the play “The Wonder of Growing Up.”
The project made the most influential producers of the moment pay attention to those children between 10 and 12 years old, and they were in charge of creating the musical concept that would destroy the hearts of thousands of Mexican children who met the band on the television program. “Always on Sunday” (1969-1998).
Then, sasha sokol Y Benny Ibarra They had already been integrated into the group and as sponsors of their debut they had the Spanish Miguel Bosé.
“We arrived (at the studio) and they told us we are going to record ‘Today I have to tell you dad’. We recorded it and it was a disaster, nobody had experience, nobody knew if we were tuning or not, it was a disaster,” Ibarra recalled in an interview for a digital portal in 2021 about the first time that as a band they set foot in the recording studio.
In the same interview, Ibarra pointed out as the great minds of the project his uncle, the producer of bands like Garibaldi and Kabah, Louis de Llano, singled out in an abuse scandal, and composer Memo Méndez Guiú.
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That’s how they were as children
Paulina Rubio in Timbiriche and with her mother Susana Dosamantes. File/Instagram Paulina Rubio.
Diego Schoening and Alix with the rest of the band.
Benny Ibarra as a child/Part of the Timbiriche years later. Instagram Diego Schoening.
success and platform
With an initial production of two albums per year, which later changed to one every twelve months, the group recorded 12 studio albums, of which 11 were well received by the public.
Songs like “I’m a disaster”, “I run, I fly, I speed up”, “If it’s not now” and “Kisses of ash”, among many others, marked the youth of thousands of Mexicans who grew up with the artists.
Over the years and the stage of maturity of the members, the public got used to the fact that the group changed members, with Ibarra and Sokol being the first to leave for their personal projects, followed by Mariana Garza.
This made Timbiriche become a platform for young Mexican artists, among which names such as Thalia, Edith Marquez, Biby Gaitan, Eduardo Capetillo Y Erik Rubin.
Controversies, reunion and present
After the release of the group’s 12th album -which only achieved the success of one song-, the band disintegrated silently and without formal announcement.
In 1998 there was a reunion accompanied by a tour of the original members that shocked the public and that was repeated on several occasions with fewer members due to the success in solo careers such as that of Paulina Rubio.
By then, he had already created the legend of some of the most notorious rivalries in Mexican entertainment, such as the supposed hatred between Rubio and Thalía, which even turned into a physical fight while they were giving a concert, as well as the fight embodied in the musical field that he started. Paulina with the rocker Alejandra Guzmán for the love of Rubín.
However, the great controversy in the group occurred a little over a month ago when Sasha Sokol broke the silence on March 8 and accused Luis de Llano of abuse through social networks by describing the relationship they had when she was 14 years and he 39, during the time they worked together.
“Two days ago, Luis made false statements about our relationship again. He abused me then and abuses me today by manipulating the truth. By wanting to minimize it to exonerate his responsibility for the facts,” Sokol said on Twitter.
Although for years there had been talk of the relationship they had maintained, the issue gained strength again after De Llano confirmed during a digital interview that he had had a relationship with Sokol when she was 17 years old, which, according to what he said, lasted six months.
This was denied by the singer who assured that the time their relationship lasted was almost four years and that even her family was scandalized that she was romantically related to her own representative and producer.
With this event, the 40th anniversary of the group is celebrated between reflections on power and childhood in the world of entertainment and the issue of abuse towards women.