Abel Talamantez

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Abel Talamantez : biography

16 October 1978 –

Abel Talamántez Mendoza (born October 16, 1978 in Pecos, Texas), is a Mexican American singer. He is currently a singer for the band Cruz Martínez Y Los Super Reyes. He used to be in the bands Menudo, MDO, and A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings.


Albums With Menudo

  • 1991: Detrás De Tu Mirada
  • 1992: Dancin’, Movin’, Shakin’
  • 1992: 15 Años
  • 1993: Vem Pra Mim
  • 1993: Cosmopolitan Girl
  • 1994: Imagínate…
  • 1994: If You’re Not Here
  • 1996: Tiempo De Amar

Albums With MDO

  • 1997: MDO
  • 1999: Un Poco Más
  • 2000: Subir Al Cielo
  • 2001: Little Piece of Heaven
  • 2002: Greatest Hits

Albums With Kumbia Kings

  • 2004: Los Remixes 2.0
  • 2004: Fuego
  • 2005: Duetos
  • 2006: Kumbia Kings Live
  • 2007: Greatest Hits

Albums With Los Super Reyes

  • 2007: El Regreso De Los Reyes
  • 2009: Cumbia Con Soul


Abel Talamántez grew up playing basketball with his brother (who would join La Sombra), with Cruz Martínez, owner and founder of international groups Kumbia Kings and Los Super Reyes, and three sisters (who would form Esmi Talamántez Y Viento Loco) in Pecos. He became a member of the famous Puerto Rican music group, Menudo, in 1992, after several group members had left the group in the middle of a scandal that had threatened to break up the band. Edgardo Díaz held auditions and Talamántez, together with Alexis Grullón, among others, were chosen as the new members of Menudo. At Menudo, Abel got to share the stage with the only member of the group who stayed through the scandal, Adrián Olivares, who also was the first non-Puerto Rican member of Menudo. For a short period, Talamántez moved to Puerto Rico with the rest of the band.

Although the often called golden era of Menudo (basically from 1980 to 1985) had already passed by, the group still had fame across Latin America and among Hispanic communities in the United States, and Abel became a teen idol among Hispanic girls during his first few years with menudo.

In 1996, and now with Didier Hernández also among Menudo’s members, the group changed its name to MDO. Talamántez kept being a member of the group, which, by then, approached a more mature audience, allowing its members to keep being part of the group after along with the rest of MDO, Abel moved to Miami, Florida.

During the 2000s, MDO kept on touring across Latin Americas, and, particularly, in the Southwestern states of the United States. Late during 2002, recently after Caleb Avilés had joined the group, and, towards the end of his tenure as a Menudo-MDO, by 2003, Abel officially ended his relationship with the organization when MDO periodically stopped performing and Díaz started a teen-based group in 2005 named Tick Tock.

Soon after, he was contacted by A.B. Quintanilla, brother of slain Tejano music star Selena and founding leader of Los Kumbia Kings. Talamántez quickly accepted Quintanilla’s offer to become a member of the famed band. Perhaps ironically, one of the major hits the band has had since Abel became a member was a remake of a 1984 Menudo hit, "Sabes A Chocolate" ("You Taste Like Chocolate").

In 2005, Talamántez was touring with Los Kumbia Kings. Now he’s in a group called Los Super Reyes. The entire album El Regreso De Los Reyes was produced, arranged and mixed by Cruz Martínez, which due to the huge success have received platinum and gold records for its sales between U.S. and Mexico. Rumor has it that Los Super Reyes find themselves working in Martínez’s studio on another very anticipated album schedule for an early 2009 release.

In late 2011 and early 2012, Abel reunited with his former MDO bandmates Alexis Grullon, Anthony Galindo, Didier Hernandez, Daniel Rene and embarked on an MDO reunion tour, visiting cities like Peru, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Panama, etc.

Abel currently resides in Mexico City, has his own record label "Abel’z Label" and works as a producer; having produced Marile Andrade album and is currently working on her second album. He recently launched his new project Chicodelicos, working with the newphew of the late Mexican Comedian-singer, Chico Che. They are rendering Che’s tribute to the new generation by bringing in new sound fuses.