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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

EASTSIDE BANDS - THE ROYAL CHESSMEN



Band Members:

David Luna (vocals)
Joe Luna (drums)
Gilbert Zabala (lead guitar)
John Albert (rhythm guitar)
Raul Davalina (bass guitar)

The Royal Chessmen hailed from El Monte, California and in 1966 recorded the Eastside classic "Beggin' You"

"Beggin You" was intended to be the B-Side of the record with "You Must Believe Me" as the A-Side.
The songs were recorded and released on the Custom Fidelity label, a private press company that produced records on contract for artists. The band literally sold the records out of the trunks of their cars which makes them very rare and collectable in today's market.

You Must Believe Me"/"Beggin' You" (Custom Fidelity CF-742, 1966)






You May Listen To The Royal Chessmen "You Must Believe Me" Here:










You May Listen To The Royal Chessmen "Beggin' You" Here:






Because of it's popularity "Beggin You" has been successfully bootlegged on the Riot label (Riot R-001-A)



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The Custom Fidelity 45RPM is currently on my want list.





              The Royal Chessmen at Nick's Taste Of Texas, West Covina


NO COPYRIGHT INFRINEMENT INTENDED. SOLEY FOR HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES!! AND FOR LISTENING PLEASURE!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

VINYL CLASSICS - THE SALESIAN HIGH SCHOOL ROCK & ROLL SHOWS

Bishop Mora Salesian High School is a Catholic high scool built in 1958 and located in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, California.

In 1964, the school's band director, W.A, Taggert began producing concerts at East Los Angeles City College. The auditorium held approximately 2500 seats.

The Salesian High School Rock & Roll Show albums are little known outside of collectors of Los Angeles R&B music and lovers of the Eastside Sound.

Five albums were recorded and released on the Century Custom Recording Service label in 1964 and 1965. The albums were initially sold at the school book store for $3.25 and if you can find them now sell for hundreds of dollars.

Considering that the price of a Beatles concert ticket was $5.00 at the time, the $1.25 ticket price for the first show was certainly a bargain. The Beatles played for 30 minutes and the Salesian shows ran from 3 to 3 1/2 hours. For later shows admission price was $2.00.

Volume 1 (Century Custom 19070) Recorded April 19. 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side One:

Bobbie & The Esquires - You'll Lose A Good Thing
John Gamboa Sextet - Down At The Chicken Shack
John Gamboa Sextet - Moody's Mood For Love
Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors - Night Train
Thee Midniters - Chinese Checkers
Thee Midniters - For Your Love

Side Two:

The Vesuvians - The Fugitive
The Vesuvians - Hand Clapping
Blue Satins - Summertime
Blue Satins - Love Lights
Blue Satins - My First Love
The Salesian Mustand Swing Band - Theme For Rock & Roll

Producer: W.A.Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R.Ruiz

It is said that these were the first recordings of Thee Midniters; a cover version of Booker T & The MG's "Chinese Checkers" and a cover of Ed Townsend's "For Your Love"

Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors recorded one single for the Goliath label "Flame Of Love" and "Justine" in1963.

The Blue Satins recorded one single for the Scarlet label "You Don't Know Me" and "My Wife Can't Cook" in 1963.


VOLUME 2 (Century Custom 21995) Recorded October 18, 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

Art & The Nite Liters - Tuff Talk
The Velvetones - Tenderly
Ronnie & The Casuals - 20.75
The Rhythm Playboys - This Is My Prayer
The Rhythm Playboys - One Degree North
Thee Midniters with Lil'l Willie G, vocalist - And I Love Her
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - So Far Away

Side 2:

Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - I Need Someone
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - Darling Forever
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G vocalist - Sad Girl
The Blue Satins - Help Yourself
The Blue Satins - Oh-Pu-Pi-Do (featuring The Sisters Trio)
The Blue Satins - The Bounce

Notes by George L. Pineda

Volume 2 is the most common volume (easiest to find) probably because more copies were sold due to the appearance and popularity of Thee Midniters featuring Li'l Willie G on vocals.At this show Thee Midniters also performed "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (not included on this album) Thee Midniters were supposed to back Cannibal & The Headhunters who were know locally for their version of the Chris Kenner penned tune. Cannibal & The Headhunters were stuck in Fresno with bad weather so Thee Midniters had the starring spot and performed their own version. This prompted W.A. Taggert to take Thee Midniters recording to Ruth Contes of Chattahoochee Record in Hollywood. The single "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (parts 1&2) would be released in November, 1964 on Chattahoochee 666.

The album also includes a track by Ronnie & The Casuals who would go on to be called Ronnie & The Pomona Casuals (see my post under EASTSIDE BANDS) and The Blue Satins "Oh-Pu-Pi-Do" featuring The Sisters Trio. The Sisters would record the track as "Ooh Poo Pa Doo" for Del-Fi backed by Ronnie & The Casuals.


VOLUME 3 (Century Custom 20069) Recorded May 16,1965














TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

The Goofy Six Plus One - I Need Someone
The Relations - I Do Love You
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Sad Girl
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Darling Forever
The Etalons - Out Of Sight
The Little Heartbreakers - Cradle Rock
The Enchanters - Try Me
The Parlay Brothers - Uncle Sam's Man

Side 2:

The Emeralds - Wooly Bully
The Precisions - I Been Trying
The Counts - Girl Of My Dreams
Clarence Playa - I Wake Up Crying
The Velvetones - Gloria
The Progressions - Twine Time
Li'l Ray - Ooh Baby Baby
The Ambertones - Ebb Tide

Producer: W.A. Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R. Ruiz

My favorite Salesian High Rock & Roll album for a couple of reasons. One, my cousin Mickey Aversa & his band, The Invaders performed at this show & are on this album. Two, several other acts on this album went on to have recording careers including Little Ray Jimenez & The Progressions (including Clarence Playa), The Heartbreakers, The Parlay Brothers, The Counts and The Ambertones. You can find more information on these bands by checking out my posts under EASTSIDE LEGENDS and EASTSIDE BANDS.









VOLUME 4 (Century Custom) Recorded October 10, 1965






TRACK LIST:

The Vandells - Get Down With It
The Entertainers - Double OO Soul
The Fabulons - I'll Go Crazy
The Four J's - My Girl Sloopy
The Executives - High Heel Sneakers
The Relations - Heat Wave
The Impalas - Treat Her Right
The V.I.P's - David's Mood
Frankie Valens - Gee Whiz
The Emeralds - So Far Away
The Enchantments - Try Me
The Etalons - Ask Me Why
The Noblemen - To Be Loved
The Ambertones - I Need Someone
The Ambertones - My Prayer
The Four By Fours - Roll Over Beethoven





The scans and track list were provided to me by fellow collector Gene Aguilera along with a compact disc of the recording. I can not thank Mr Aguilera enough for his help in my inclusion of this volume on this post.

The Ambertones return on Volume 4. The Noblemen recorded "Soul Shuffle" for the Kay Gee record label in 1964. The Impalas are covered under EASTSIDE BANDS. Also of note are the V.I.P's who would go on to become El Chicano.

There is a fifth volume in this series but it has only a couple of bands and the rest of the album is by the Salesian High School band.

Vinyl copies of volumes 4 and 5 are currently on my want list.

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!! SOLEY FOR HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.


EASTSIDE BANDS - THEE IMPALAS



BAND MEMBERS:

Al Anaya (Vocals)
Ronnie Reyes (Guitar)
Joe Alvarez
Willie Alvarez
Ruben?

I don't know much about this band but would love to hear from any memebers, their family or friends. Please e-mail me at gaversa@aol.com Thank you.

I did however have the good fortune of sharing a Physical Education class with Al Anaya in 1968 at East Los Angeles College. By then, he was a member of Thee Midniters and sang on two tracks on the "Giants" album.

The first Impalas record was "Power Glide" which appeared as the B-Side of The Slauson Brothers "Rosalie" for Godfrey Kerr's Gee Kay label in 1964. (Gee Kay 1003)





The band's second record, "2 O'Clock Blues" was also the B-Side to another Slauson Brothers record "Baby Come Home" for Godfrey Kerr's Kay Gee label also in 1964. (Kay Gee 102).




In 1966, The Impalas recorded "Yes I'm Ready" and "Band Of Gold" for Eddie Torres' Whittier label. (Whittier 502). "Yes I'm Ready is a cover version of Barbara Mason's 1965 smash hit. "Band Of Gold" is a cover version of Don Cherry's 1955 hit.



You May Listen To The Impalas "Yes I'm Ready" Here:





You May Listen To The Impalas "Band Of Gold Here:




The Whittier single would be reissued/bootlegged on the Mem-O-Ree label.






Later in 1966, The Impalas would record their second and final record for Whittier. "Come On Up" and "Oh Yeah (Whittier 506) "Come On Up" is a cover version of a Young Rascals tune.













NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!! SOLEY FOR HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL PRUPOSES AND FOR LISTENING PLEASURE.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

THE ROOTS OF THE EASTSIDE SOUND 1955-1965


The Eastside Sound comes to the Casa 0101 Theater in Los Angeles beginning tomorrow November 12, 2015 and features a photo exhibit from the collection of David Reyes, co-author of the book "Land Of 1000 Dances. Also there will be scheduled panel discussions and lectures. Please check out this flyer and you may also go to their website at:

http://www.casa0101.org/photo-exhibit-roots-of-the-eastside-sound-2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

VINYL CLASSICS - GODFREY PRESENTS

Godfrey Kerr was a Los Angeles disc jockey and record producer and entrepreneur. He started the Gee Kay, Kay Gee and Flashback record labels. See my post THE EASTSIDE SOUND HITS THE RADIO WAVES - GODFREY KERR.

In 1965 Godfrey released four record albums entitled GODFREY PRESENTS: courtesy of local record companies in Los Angeles. The albums feature a mix of Mexican-American recording artists and black R&B artists. The albums are ala Art Laboe's OLDIES BUT GOODIES series

In 1968 I bought two of his albums at Sounds Of Music, a record store in East Los Angeles to play on my radio show at East Los Angeles College. I now have all four albums to complete this post.

Album Discography:

1965 - Godfrey Presents - 18 R&B Flashbacks, Flashback 601

1965- Godfrey Presents - 18 R&B Flashbacks, Volume 2, Flashback 602

1965 - Godfrey Ppresents - 16 Successful Sounds, Flashback 603

1965 - Godfrey Presents -  20 Blast-Backs, Flash-Back 401

GODFREY PRESENTS: 18 R&B FLASHBACKS:















Tracks of interest to Eastside collectors are "Tonight" by The Carlos Brothers, "Symbol Of Heaven" by Little Julian Herrera and "Bring Me Happiness" by Ron & Rosie.

GODFREY PRESENTS: 18 R&B FLASHBACKS VOLUME 2:



















Tracks of interest to Eastside collectors are "Sad Girl" by Thee Midniters, "Dream A Little Dream" by The Perez Brothers, "So Dearly" by Ron & Rosie and "Darling Dear" by Alfred & Joe. Another favorite track is "Split Personality" by The Resonics which was the main reason I bought the album.


GODFREY PRESENTS: 16 SUCCESSFUL SOUNDS:













Tracks of interest to Eastside collectors are '"Land Of A 1,000 Dances" by Cannibal & The Headhunters, "It'll Never Be Over For Me" by Thee Midniters, "la La La La La by The Blendells, "Farmer John" by The Premiers and "I Need Someone" by The Ambertones. Two other noteworthy tracks are "Let's Get Together Again" by Carol Hughes and "Unlucky Girl" by Chris Teller.


GODFREY PRESENTS: 20 BLAST-BACKS:













Only "Let's Dance" by Chris Montez may be of interest to Eastside collectors. The other 19 tracks are doo wop & R&B hits.


NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!!!

SOLELY FOR HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES!!!

Friday, September 4, 2015

EASTSIDE BANDS - THE ALDERMEN



BAND MEMBERS:

L-R (Front Row):

Bruce Gilbert (Keyboards)
Tad (Lead Guitar)
Unknown (Bass Player), later Greg Kricheff
Unknown (Drummer)

Seated In The Middle:

Jesse Acuna (Lead Vocals)

Standing:

Russ (Rhythm Guitar)


Keyboard player Bruce Gilbert met a band called The Aldermen at the 1965 Teen Fair at the Hollywood Palladium. They played mostly surf music  but soon became very versatile playing in the style of the East LA bands which was a mix of R&B and doo wop rock with a Latin flare.

The band played private parties, dances in East LA, schools and teen clubs. They also played El Monte Legion Stadium, the 1966 Teen Fair, the Salesian Rock & Roll Show and East LA City College.

 They would soon be on the same bill with bands such as Thee Midniters and Cannibal & The Headhunters.

Singer-songwriter Chick Carlton (see my post EASTSIDE BANDS- CHICK CARLTON & THE MAJESTICS) heard the band and became their quasi-manager.

In 1967, the band recorded two Chick Carlton penned tunes "House Of Wax" and "In My Upper Room" released on the Sir Graham label.

"House Of Wax' is a fuzz and Farfisa organ-fueled swinger with great soulful vocals.




You May Listen To The Aldermen "House Of Wax" Here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UncrF79XCI

"In My Upper Room" features a neat bassline and has a brief but cool keyboard break to finish.












NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!!! SOLY FOR HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND FOR LISTENING PLEASURE.