Keyboardist László Benkő, who co-founded the Hungarian rock band Omega in 1962 and was a member until his death, died on Wednesday, November 18, after a long illness at the age of 77.
He started playing music at the very beginning of the 1960s, and in 1962 he founded Omega together with singer and guitarist János Kóbor. After the introductory period, the band stabilized in 1967 and a year later debuted with two albums, one sung in their native language, the other in English.
This double track was then typical of Omega and very important. As one of the few in the Eastern bloc, it managed to break through on a pan-European scale (a similar case was its eternal competitors Locomotiv GT).
Stylistically, Omega has always moved between progressive and mainstream rock, or hard rock, depending on the current creative period. Her biggest hit Gyöngyhajú lány is also well known from our radio stations, its Czech version was sung by Aleš Brichta in the 1990s. Before that, the German Scorpions took her into their repertoire.