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Las Chicas del Can

Las Chicas del Can
Origin Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Genres Merengue
Years active 1982–1999
Associated acts Miriam Cruz Y Las Chicas, Belkis Concepción, Verónica Medina
Members Miriam Cruz (1982-1992)
Eunice Betances (1982-1992)
Teresa Domínguez (1981-1992)
Past members Belkis Concepción (1981-1985)
Verónica Medina (1982-1986)
Vilma Frias (1982-1989)
Carmen De Leon (1986-1987)
Luchy Betances (1986-1987)
Heidy Bello (1988-1991)
Xiomara Queliz (1986-1993)
Yesenia Delgado Lobo (1992-1996)
Gladys Quero (1985-1992)
Grissel Baez (1991-1998)
Michell Flores (1991-1998)
Florángel Del Villar (1991-1998)
Jessica Castro (1992-1993)
Amarilis Garcia (1986-1987)

Las Chicas Del Can was an all-female merengue group from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Originally created by pianist Belkis Concepción, several teams of female vocalists and musicians have alternately performed under the name Las Chicas del Can throughout the group's history.

Originally founded in 1982, Las Chicas del Can performed hit after hit throughout the eighties, and a great number of their singles and albums achieved gold and/or platinum status. Hits such as "El Negro No Puede," "La Media María," "Sukaína," "Juana la Cubana," "Culeca," "Ta' Pillao," "Fuego," "Fiebre," and "Las Pequeñas Cosas" are now regarded merengue classics.

Pianist Belkis Concepción left the group early to go solo in 1985. Singers Miriam Cruz (the uncrowned queen of the Merengue) and Eunice Betances then teamed up and got vocal support from, among others, Luchy Betances and Verónica Medina. Verónica Medina herself then went solo in 1987. In 1988 singer Heidy Bello joined Las Chicas Del Can but was replaced in 1991 by singers Arismar Eduardo and Rosana Eusebio.

In 1992, the group reinvented itself under the name Míriam Cruz y Las Chicas. The first year under that name, they produced a successful album entitled Nueva Vida featuring a hitsong written by superstar Juan Luis Guerra, "Te Propongo." Later that year, "La Loba" was also well received by merengue fans and quickly became another hit. A European tour (1993-1994) soon followed. In 1994 Miriam Cruz y Las Chicas scored another hit with the song "Con Agua de Sal (OTI)," and 1995 included another successful European tour.

Meanwhile, the original name was kept alive by a music industry manager who discovered a group of new and talented young ladies who would carry the torch for Las Chicas del Can and leave their own mark on merengue music. In 1993, Michell Flores, Grissel Baez and Florángel del Villar teamed up to keep the legacy alive. Due to the situation not entirely clear among fans, the new girls were hailed as the "Monumental". They started traveling around the globe, covering the band's original repertoire with songs like "Juana la Cubana". This 2nd line-up of Las Chicas Del Can quickly became a successful act in their own right with hit tunes such as "Voy Pa'llá," "Hacer El Amor Con Otro," "Celoso," "Explosivo" and "Sin Compromiso." After the albums "Botando Chispas" (1994) and "Derramando Sueños" (1996) lead singer Michell Flores went solo and the 2nd line-up of Las Chicas del Can disbanded in 1998.

Las Chicas del Can was eventually reformed a third time in 1999, but this particular group was never able to achieve the success of earlier line-ups. To this date, the first line-up of Las Chicas Del Can (which featured Míriam Cruz, Eunice Betances and Theresa Domínguez) has proven to be the most successful line-up.


  • Belkis y Las Chicán (1982, Karen Records)
  • Belkis y Las Chicán (1984, Karen Records)
  • Chicán (1985, Karen Records)
  • Pegando Fuego (1986, Karen Records)
  • Mi General (1987, Sonotone Records)
  • Caribe (1988, Sonotone Records)
  • Sumbaleo (1990, Sonotone/Bomba Records)
  • Juana La Cubana (1990, Bomba Records)
  • Nada Común (1991, TH-Rodven Records/Sonotone Records)
  • Explosivo (1992, TH-Rodven Records)
  • Nueva Vida (1993, Karen Records)
  • Platino (1994, Rodven Records)
  • Botando Chispas (1994)
  • Con Mucha Potencia (1994)
  • Los Años Dorados (1995, Karen Publishing Co.)
  • Oro Merenguero (1996, Rodven/PolyGram Records)
  • Derramando Sueños (1996, Rodven/PolyGram Records)
  • Las Chicán (1997, Palma Music, Inc.)
  • Nuevos Remixes (1997)
  • Todo Éxitos (1998, Palma Music)
  • Te Quiero Ver (1998, Pa'ti Pa'mi records)
  • Botando Chispa! (1999, Palma Music)
  • Caribe (1999, Palma Music)
  • 17 Años (2000, Palma Music)
  • Lo Mejor de: Las Chicas del Can (2002, Orfeón Videovox, S. A.)

External links

  • Las Chicas Del Can at Yahoo! Music
  • Míriam Cruz Y Las Chicas (the original Las Chicas Del Can)
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