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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Land Of 1000 Dances - The Rampart Records Complete Singles Collection, by Various Artists

"Something musically vital was happening in East Los Angeles when all-around entertainment guru Eddie Davis' Rampart Records documented the fusion that became the West Coast Eastside Sound. Founded in 1961, Rampart Records is now celebrating its 58th anniversary with this box set collection. Rampart produced music unlike any other -- rock & roll and rhythm and blues, but with a Mexican twist. The singles on this collection are from Rampart's first 17 years, as the sounds changed from doo wop to R&B to garage to funk to disco. Hear East LA's greatest hits from the West Coast's longest running independent record company. Discover the amazing history and super-fine music from the classic Rampart Records catalogue, still going strong after 58 years! Among the gems heard on Land Of 1000 Dances is 'Hector Parts 1 & 2,' a double-barreled, organ-driven instrumental by The Village Callers, which was heard on the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's hit summer film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Other top-flight Rampart acts surveyed include the storming, horn-driven garage soul unit The Blendells, whose cover of Stevie Wonder's single 'La La La La La' is a crate digger classic; R&B foursome The Atlantics, whose lineup included future '70s love man Barry White; soul balladeer Ron Holden; The Soul-jers, the military-garbed duo of former Mixtures vocalists Philip Tucker and Delbert Franklin; Motown-styled vocal quartet The Four Tempos; Latin songstresses Didi Scorzo and Graciela Palafox; and funk/disco pioneers Eastside Connection. Hector Gonzalez, bassist of Eastside Connection, has overseen Rampart's assets since Eddie Davis' death in 1994 and co-produced Land Of 1000 Dances with Michael Minky."


The rip-roaring sound of East Los Angeles’ Chicano rock ’n’ rollers of the ’60s and ’70s receives definitive treatment on Land of 1000 Dances: The Rampart Records Complete Singles Collection, due on November 29, 2019 for independent music retail’s annual Black Friday Record Store Day.
Produced by the independent Los Angeles label Minky Records, the four-CD set, which is being released in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, provides a complete overview of defining Mexican-American rock released in a 30-year period between 1961 and 1991 by Rampart, the small but influential company run by entrepreneur, manager, and producer Eddie Davis.

Minky has previously released single-CD collections devoted to two acts that appeared on Davis’ Linda and Gordo imprints: Stompin’ at the Rainbow by the multi-racial R&B unit The Mixtures and Music Is the Answer by God’s Children, the early ’70s soul/funk unit fronted by East Side vocal legends Little Willie G. (of Thee Midniters) and Lil’ Ray.
But Land of 1000 Dances — the product of nearly a decade of research and production — is the most in-depth overview ever assembled of what is familiarly known as the “West Coast East Side Sound.” The eruptive music that launched a thousand low riders down Whittier Boulevard is chronicled through the story of the music’s most prominent and prolific label.
Eddie Davis, who was previously an aspiring singer and Los Angeles restaurateur (“I cooked a lot of hamburgers to make those records,” he said in 1960), found initial music biz success in 1963 with “Farmer John,” a rowdy live-in-the-studio remake of Don & Dewey’s 1959 R&B hit by the Mexican-American group The Premiers. That local smash was issued under his Faro banner, but Rampart would soon become the principal outlet for his musical discoveries.
In his introductory essay, Luis J. Rodriguez — former poet laureate of Los Angeles and author of the bestselling memoir Always Running — says Rampart was Davis’ “dream … of a Motown for Chicano performers.”
Featured among the collection’s 79 tracks (all pristinely mastered by Mark Wheaton) are the original hits of East L.A.’s breakout band Cannibal & the Headhunters, whose pounding 1965 cover of Chris Kenner’s “Land of 1000 Dances” rose to No. 30 on the American singles chart. The quartet went on to appear as the opening act on The Beatles’ ’65 tour, which included legendary stops at Shea Stadium in New York and the Hollywood Bowl.
Rampart’s dozens of 45s covered a bounty of other great music in a variety of styles, ranging through doo-wop, R&B, and soul into funky instrumentals and garage rock and through funk, disco, and Latin pop. Davis did not restrict himself to signing Chicano performers, and Rampart was also the home of many gifted African-American talents.
Among the gems heard on Land of 1000 Dances is “Hector Parts 1 & 2,” a double-barreled, organ-driven instrumental by the Village Callers, which was heard on the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s hit summer film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
Other top-flight Rampart acts surveyed include the storming, horn-driven garage soul unit The Blendells, whose cover of Stevie Wonder’s single “La La La La La” is a crate digger classic; R&B foursome The Atlantics, whose lineup included future ’70s love man Barry White; soul balladeer Ron Holden; The Soul-jers, the military-garbed duo of former Mixtures vocalists Philip Tucker and Delbert Franklin; Motown-styled vocal quartet the Four Tempos; Latin songstresses Didi Scorzo and Graciela Palafox; and funk/disco pioneers Eastside Connection.
Hector Gonzalez, bassist of Eastside Connection, has overseen Rampart’s assets since Eddie Davis’ death in 1994 and co-produced Land of 1000 Dances with Michael Minky.
Deep background on Rampart’s acts and such behind-the-scenes players as key producer-manager Billy Cardenas is supplied in a thoroughly researched historical essay written by the late Los Angeles critic, journalist, and music historian Don Waller, author of The Motown Story.
The first discography of Rampart’s single releases brings together complete recording information on the label’s 45 rpm output. A special 38-page “Rampart on the Road” portfolio features rare photos and memorabilia of tour and East L.A. appearances by Cannibal & the Headhunters (who are seen in hitherto unpublished snapshots with The Beatles) and other performers.
Today, the legacy of Rampart Records can be heard in the work of such Grammy-winning East L.A.-bred artists as Los Lobos and La Santa Cecilia. Land of 1000 Dances affords the deepest look available at a sound that broke out of the barrio to rule the charts.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - THE FABULOUS BLUE SATINS IN CONCERT




Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss this show!!

On March 17, 2019 The Fabulous Blue Satins return to the stage at Stevens Steak And Seafood House in the City Of Commerce, California.

Vocalists that night will be Tameron Gennae and Gilbert Stokes and the band will feature Bobby Loya on trumpet.

From 1963 to 1967, the Blue Satins were one of the hottest bands on the Eastside scene. They performed at some of the biggest venues and appeared on local television shows, 9th Street West, Shebang and the Lloyd Thaxton Show.

In 1963 the band recorded "You Don't Know Me" and "My Wife Can't Cook" for the Scarlet label. Please see my post EASTSIDE BANDS - THE BLUE SATINS.

WHERE: Stevens Steak And Seafood House
                 5332 Stevens Place
                 Commerce, California 90040

WHEN: March 17,2019

Ticket Sales: 909-921-1450
                      323-761-6496

Doors open at 3:00 PM
Buffet at 4:00 PM

Your chance to see a legendary Eastside Band perform live!!

For more information on the band please visit their home page:

http://www.latinofestival.com/thebluesatinsband/thebluesatinsbandhomepage.html



Monday, December 3, 2018

VINYL CLASSICS - THE HISTORY OF LATINO ROCK VOLUME 1 (1956-1965) THE EASTSIDE SOUND




If you just started collecting the Eastside Sound or wanted a single LP which gave you an overview of this genre of music then this is a must have.

Released in 1983 on the Zyanya label and distributed by Rhino Records, The History Of Latino Rock Volume 1 (1956-1965) The Eastside Sound is a compilation album featuring the biggest stars to come out of the East Los Angeles area. The LP contains 16 dynamite tracks.

From the early artists Little Julian Herrera and Ritchie Valens to the early bands The Blendells, The Romancers and The Premiers to big acts Thee Midniters and Cannibal & The Headhnters all the big names are here on one album.

The front cover features a photo of the legendary Paramout Ballroom where many of these acts performed, The back cover features many rare photos of the artists.

Two of my favorites tracks are the Eastside classics "Queen of My Heart" by Rene and Ray and "Darling (Please Bring Your Love)" by the Salas Brothers.


TRACK LIST:

SIDE 1

1. Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
2.Chan Romero - Hippy Hippy Shake
3. Little Julian Herrera - Lonely, Lonely Nights
4. The Blendells - La La La La
5. Thee Midniters - That's All
6. Rene and Ray - Queen Of My Heart
7. Ronnie And The Pomona Casuals - I Want To Do The Jerk
8. Ritchie Valens - Donna






SIDE 2

1. Thee Midniters - Whittier Blvd
2. The Salas Brothers - Darling (Please Bring Your Love)
3. Little Ray - I Who Have Nothing
4. The Premiers - Farmer John
5. The Romancers - My Heart Cries
6. The Carlos Brothers - Tonight
7. The Velveteens - You've Broken My Heart
8. Cannibal And The Headhunters - Land Of 1000 Dances (extended version)






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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

RECOMMENDED LISTENING - GOD'S CHILDREN - MUSIC IS THE ANSWER:THE COMPLETE COLLECTION



EDITORS NOTE: SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKE MINKY OF MINKY RECORDS FOR                                                 RELEASING THIS HISTORICAL COLLECTION OF MUSIC AND                                                   ALLOWING ME TO PREVIEW AND REVIEW IT HERE.

BAND MEMBERS: Little Willie G (Willie Garcia) - Vocals
                                  Lil' Ray (Ray Jimenez) - Vocals
                                  Lydia Amescua - Vocals
                                  Fawn Rymal - Vocals
                                  Stacy Rymal - Vocals

                                  Steve Gutierrez - Drums
                                  Alan D. Flores, Anthony "Beaver" Carroll - Bass
                                  Ray Montisanto - B-3 Organ

STUDIO MUSICIANS - The Wrecking Crew


In order to fully appreciate the message and historical significance of God's Children in relation to the Eastside Sound, a little ground work must be laid.

The late 1960's saw the assassination of some of our country's leaders, an escalated war in Viet Nam, unrest on educational campuses and a search by the youth of a generation to find answers to the questions of how to deal with life and it's daily battles,

The Beatles called out for "Revolution. The Temptaion's said it's a 'Ball Of Confusion" and Sly And The Family Stone asked us to take a "Stand"

The late 1960's also saw the formation of "super groups" like Crosby, Stills And Nash and Blind Faith. The Eastside Sound would form their own "super group" in the cast of God's Children.

In 1971, having previously been members of Thee Midniters, Willie Garcia and Ray Jimenez through a series of telephone conversations both agreed to work on a new project. Li' Ray brought a teenage girl with a big voice, Lydia Amesqua, raised up on the Latino vocal styles of the day, including those of Thee Midniters. It was Amesqua who named the band ("Because , well, we're all God's Children" as she said).

They would add two more female singers, Fawn and Stacy Rymal. Visually the group looked cool with long hair and dressing in the style of the day. So it was three girls and two guys for a total of five singers-a little like a Latino 5th Dimension.

God's Children began to blend doo wop, funk and choreography into a new brand of soulful sound.

Eastside music entrepreneur Eddie Davis booked studio time for God's Children and arranged for a 40-piece orchestra be present at the session. Soon the band was signed to the UNI label for more recording. This time Phil Spector's Wrecking Crew assisted at the sessions.

Two singles were released by Uni, but soon dealing with label hierarchy disillusioned the band members who went their separate ways. Little Willie G would join the progressive Latino rockers Malo. Amesqua continued performing live under the name Lydia Verdugo and ray still works regularly at his East LA studio.







Track 1 "Music Is The Answer"
              The title track composed by Little Willie G is a wah-wah/congas powered rocker. It stands
               as an anthem with the message that no matter what blows life throws at you that through
               music you can clear your mind, speak your mind and unite like minds for a good cause.

Track 2 "It Doesn't Make No Difference"
               This track is a bit of organ-powered garage pop teetering on psychedelia Written and sung
                Lil' Ray "the only thing that matters is what you're doing for yourself today"

Track 3 "If You Ever Go Away"
               Written by Lil' Ray and sung soulfully by Lydia Amescua could have been another single
               release. This version was recorded with the East LA band.

Track 4 "I Just Wish"
               Written and sung by Lil' Ray and calling for people to get together to make life better

Track 5 "Dream"
               A powerful spiritual ballad written and sung by Willie and Ray

Track 6 "Brown Baby"
               Written by Wilbert Wade and recorded by Willie G. It was released as a single in 1970 on                     the Gordo label. (Gordo 702). Backing vocals on this song were done by the Salas Brothers.



Track 7 "Hey Does Somebody Care"
               The A-side of the first Uni single recorded by God's Children. It became the theme song for
               the television series "Matt Lincoln" This track features the dueling voices of both Willie G
               and Lil' Ray and was produced by Eddie Davis and Mario Paniagua. Released in 1971.
               (Uni 55266).



The B-side of the Uni single is "Lonely Lullaby"



Track 8 "Lonely Lullaby"
               The B-side to the Willie G single "Brown Baby" written by Mario Paniagua and once again                 featuring the backing vocals of the Salas Brothers. (Gordo 702). Released in 1970.


                 
Track 9 "Music Is The Answer"
               Featuring Will G with The Wrecking Crew

Track 10 "Music Is The Answer"
                 Instrumental by The Wrecking Crew

Track 11 "Put Your Head On My Shoulder"
                 Written and recorded by Paul Anka who had a major hit with it in 1959. God's Children
                 recorded it and it was released as the A-side of their second single by Uni in 1971.
                 (Uni 55266). It was a soul group's attempt at a pop song and it failed and probably helped
                 lead the to Willie and the group parting ways.



Track 12 "That's The Way God Planned It"
                 Originally written and recorded by Billy Preston in 1969, Willie G  does an inspiring
                  job on vocals and Uni used it as the B-side to God's Children's second single (Uni 55295)
                 released in 1971.

Track 13 "If You Ever Go Away"
                 Again Lydia Amesqua on vocal but this time backed by the Wrecking Crew.

Track 14 "If You Ever Go Away"
                 Instrumental by The Wrecking Crew


Also available in limited edition brown vinyl:











EDITORS NOTE: I highly recommend you pick up this anthology of the first full-length release
                               of these long lost 1971 recording sessions Not only for the historical treasures
                               that they are but also for listening pleasure.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RECOMMENDED READING:CHICANO SOUL


THIS IS A REVIEW POSTED BY AMAZON:

In 2007, Ruben Molina published the first-ever history of Mexican-American soul and R&B music in his book, Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture. Ten years later, Chicano Soul remains an important and oft-referenced study of this vital but often overlooked chapter of the greater American musical experience. Chicano soul music of the 1950s and 1960s still reverberates today, both within Chicano communities and throughout many musical genres. Molina tells the story of the roots of Chicano soul, its evolution, and its enduring cultural influence. "Brown-eyed soul" music draws on 1950s era jazz, blues, jump blues, rock 'n' roll, Latin jazz, and traditional Mexican music such as ranchera, norteo, and conjunto music. With its rare and gorgeous photos, record scans, concert bills, and impressive updated discography (to say nothing of its rich oral histories and interviews), it is one of those rare works that speaks to both general and academic audiences

EDITOR'S NOTE:

The 10th anniversary edition is an absolute must for the record collector if only for the fact that the discograhly has been updated with many new vinyl entries.

The text is more concise and easy to ready and very informative. Mr Molina is the ultimate authority in the field of Chicano culture and soul record collecting.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

THE EASTSIDE SOUND RECORD LABEL


Although music formats have changed over the past four decades, vinyl records especially 45 RPM have maintained their popularity and remain the staple of hardcore collectors.

Due to limited pressings, regional only release, lack of promotion or unpopularity many 45 RPM records have become hard to find, some downright impossible.

There are records on my want list that I have looked for for years but have been unable to find or even find a scan of the 45 or a listing where the record has been bought or auctioned.

Though I will keep looking for these records until my last breath, I decided to take matters into my own hands and have some of the songs custom made into 45 RPM  For me spinning the disc on a turntable is better than listening to it on a CD player.

I decided to label these pressings as white label promos on the Eastside Sound Record label. They are not originals but they are one of a kind.


LITTLE D & THE BELAIRES - "ARE YOU MY GIRL" (EASTSIDE SOUND 101-A)


In 1962 David & Ruben Robles from La Puente, California recorded this haunting doo wop tune "Are You My Girl" Originally released on the Raft label.





THE RUNABOUTS - "BY THE TIME I GET TO TEXAS" (EASTSIDE SOUND 101-B)


Unreleased as a 45 RPM single, this song is only available on the album, EASTSIDE REVUE on the Rampart label. It was recorded circa 1968 by The Runabouts from Los Angeles, California. The track is a parody of Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix"





THE STORYTELLERS - "ROSIE" (EASTSIDE SOUND 102-A)


The Storytellers of "You Played Me A Fool" fame hailed from San Gabriel, California. In 2007 they recorded "Rosie" a tribute to Rosie Hamlin. Don't know if it was every pressed as a 45 RPM but it was played on Steve Propes "45'S Show" in 2007.





THE BLAZERS - "SOMEBODY PLEASE" (EASTSIDE SOUND 102-B)

In 1997 Big Manny Gonzalez & his band The Blazers recorded a cover version of The Vanguards classic "Somebody Please" The East LA band, The Blazers released the song in 1997 on their "Just For You" CD. Not available in the 45 RPM format.





THE ROYAL CHESSMEN - "YOU MUST BELIEVE ME" (EASTSIDE SOUND 103-A)

The Royal Chessmen hailed from El Monte, California. In 1966 they recorded a cover of the Impressions "You Must Believe Me" as the A side of their Custom Fidelity 45 RPM single. Little did they know that the B side "Beggin' You" would become an Eastside classic.

The 45 RPM single on it's original Custom Fidelity label is impossible to find. "Beggin You" has been booted on the Riot and Angie labels but "You Must Believe Me" has not.







THE MONTEREYS - "DARLIN' (I LOVE YOU SO) (EASTSIDE SOUND 103-B)


The Montereys hailed from Bakersfield, California and in 1962 they recorded "Darlin' (I Love You So) for the Trans American label. This record is so rare that the only copy I have known to exist was once owned by rare doo wop collector, Dave Antrell.






AZTLAN - "SHOULD I TAKE YOU HOME"/"YOU SAY YOU LOVE ME" (EASTSIDE SOUND 104-A AND 104-B)

Though unconfirmed it is believed this band is from Brawley, California. The A-side "Should I Take You Home" is a cover of the Sunny and The Sunliners hit written by Sunny Ozuna. The B-side "You Say You Love Me" was written by Thomas Valle and G. Servin, probably members of the band. It is not known how many copies were pressed on Aztlan Records but probably 100 or so because thesingle is extremely hard to find. It is also not know what year it was recorded. If anyone has information on the band members, year of release or even has an original copy for sale please contact me.











RACHEL AND THE ORIGINALS - "I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER" (EASTSIDE SOUND 105-A)

Written and sung by Rachel Legerretta who sounds very much like Rosie Hamlin of Rosie and the Originals. The band hailed from National City, California. The record was released in March of 1962 on the Nite Star label and was mentioned in the March 10, 1962 issue of Billboard Magazine as having moderate sales potential though copies are rare.







VICKY TAFOYA AND THE BIG BEAT - "I'M SO YOUNG" (EASTSIDE SOUND 105-B)

An excellent female cover version of The Student's doo wop classic, "I'm So Young was never released as a single by Vicky Tafoya and The Big Beat. It was released in 2004 on compact disc "Meet The Beat" by the El Toro label





THE MONTEREYS - "DARLIN' (SEND ME A LETTER) (EASTSIDE SOUND 106-A)

The Montereys from Bakersfield, California recorded "Darlin' (Send Me A Letter) for the Trans American label in 1962. It is the flip side to "Darlin' (I Love You So)" (SEE EASTSIDE SOUND 103-B) The song was written by Hector Aguilar.







LIL LAVAIR AND THE FABULOUS JADES - "I'LL BE SO HAPPY" (EASTSIDE SOUND 106-B)

"Lil' Lavair" White and the Fabulous Jades hailed from San Bernadino, California. In 1968 they recorded a Norther Soul dance record "I'll Be So Happy" for the Lennan label.







THEE LAKESIDERS - "LONELY BLUE NIGHTS" (EASTSIDE 107-A)

Thee Lakesiders are a duo from Los Angeles, California comprised of Marie and Necalli.
In 2018 they recorded "Lonely Blue Nights" a cover of 1961 single written and recorded by Rosie Hamlin as Rosie And The Originals. As of now Thee Lakesiders version remains unreleased.



TRISH TOLEDO - "SOMEBODY PLEASE" (EASTSIDE SOUND 107-B)

Recently released by Trish Toledo from Carson, California is a cover version of the Vanguards classic hit single "Somebody Please" The song is from Trish' compact disc release entitled "Dedicated To The Songs I Love Volume 1"



JOHNNY SANCHEZ AND THE PROPHETS "FANTASY OF LOVE" (EASTSIDE 108-A)

The Prophets were a ten-piece R&B horn band that played the Los Angeles dance circuit from 1969 till the group disbanded in 1971. The band members were John Hubbard, vocals; Tom Sunjka, vocals; Johnny Sanchez, lead vocals; David Honjio, vocals and trumpet; Gordon young, valve trombone; Johnny Torigoe, sax; Ken Ito, keyboards; Dennis Hotta, bass; Michael Hotta, guitar; Ricky Ichimura, drums. The band was approached by a representative from Sounds Of Young Los Angeles for record tracks for their album. Being strictly a cover band the only original song they could come up with was a tune penned by Johnny Sanchez, lead vocalist entitled "Fantasy Of Love" The track is only available on the album "Like People: The Sound Of Young Los Angeles" released in 1971.




REE FLORES AND THE DUPRELLS - "NEVER LET ME GO" (EASTSIDE 108-B)

In 1960 Ree Flores from Riverside, California along with his band The Duprells recorded a cover version of Johnny Ace's "Never Let Me Go" for the Chelan label. The tune is classic Los Angeles doo wop.






C.J. AND SUNNY C. - CAROLINE (EASTSIDE 109-A)

The mega-rare Northern Soul dance record "Caroline" was recorded and pressed in 1967 by band members of the group C.J. And Sunny C. Only 200 copies were pressed and the band sold them at their gigs at the California Club in South Los Angeles. The tune was written by Eastside icon Manny Chavez and pressed on the Val-Vo label.







LOS FRIENDS - "CONFESION A FEELING" (EASTSIDE 109-B)

Don't know anything about the band Los Friends other than they are from Mexico. They recorded an excellent cover version of Sly, Slick, And Wicked "Confessin' A Feeling" (Bad Boys MS1001) classic from 1972. The record was released on the Royal's label.







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