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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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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

EASTSIDE LEGEND CHICK CARLTON PASSES AWAY



SPECIAL THANKS TO MONICA BROWN DOYLE, CHICK'S ELDEST DAUGHTER FOR THE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION.

Carlton R Brown
AKA: Chick Carlton
Born: 1937 in Kansas
Passed Away March, 13 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada from cancer
His parents Carl Brown (deceased) Lillian Ransom (deceased) , one brother Russell brown (deceased) Russell has a daughter Cailin Brown

He leaves behind three daughters:
Monica Doyle Brown age 56 and Michelle Brown Rodriguez age 49 from wife Nancy Rios Brown (divorced)
Ashley Blasque age 27 her mother is Roberta Blasque (deceased) never married to Chick.

Chic was married in 1958 to Nancy Rios in Los Angeles.
2nd wife Janice Schmidt (divorced)
3rd wife Yvonne Richardson (divorced)
4th long time partner for the last 27 years, Harriette Vickers.

Besides his music, Chick had a long career with the city of Pasadena, California before retiring and moving to Las Vegas.

Chick had been a Facebook friend and commentator on my site for the past few years.

More information on Chick's musical career can be found on my post EASTSIDE BANDS 'CHICK CARTON & THE MAJESTICS. LINK HERE:

http://wwwyoufoundthateastsidesoundcom.blogspot.com/2012/06/eastside-bands-chick-carlton-majestics.html

An acomplished writer & recording artist here are some of Chick's 45RPM records:





















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ROSIE HAMLIN DEAD AT 71



REPOST FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE:
Rosie Hamlin, the lead singer in the San Diego band Rosie and The Originals, died Thursday at the age of 71. She was a teenager when she wrote and sang lead on the Originals’ classic 1961 hit, “Angel Baby.” It was later covered by everyone from John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt and Jenni Rivera to Tiffany, System of a Down and San Diego’s Mrs. Magician.
No cause of death has been given for Hamlin, whose passing was disclosed by her daughter, Deborah, on the Rosie and The Originals website. It is not yet known where the veteran vocalist was at the time of her death.
“Very Saddened to say that my mom Rosalie Hamlin passed away,” her daughter wrote. “She was 71 and passed in her sleep. She didn't perform anymore, and had removed herself from the music scene because of health concerns. She did still paint and tended a very lovely garden. She will be greatly missed by so many. Thank you for all your wishes and time and kind words. It meant a lot to her. God bless.”
Hamlin had been battling fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes widespread muscular skeletal pain, since 2000. A 2004 post on her website offers a detailed account of her fight against fibromyalgia and gives thanks for the assistance she received. The post also references her position as a music teacher for young people at Barrio Station in Logan Heights, near downtown San Diego.

Former Beatle John Lennon was such a fan of Hamlin and of “Angel Baby” that he recorded the song for his 1975 oldies collection, “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” It did not appear on that album, but was added to the expanded 2004 reissue.
Lennon’s brassy take on “Angel Baby” first appeared on his posthumously released 1986 album, “Menlove Ave.” At the start of his version, he offered a dedication: “This here is one of my all-time favorite songs. Send my love to Rosie, wherever she may be.”
Hamlin and Lennon never met in person, as she lamented in a 2001 San Diego Union-Tribune interview.
“He was traveling, I was traveling,” she recalled. “I never got to be on a show with him or meet him. The closest I got to hearing anything from him was on the recording of ‘Angel Baby.’”
Rosalie “Rosie” Méndez Hamlin was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., on July 21, 1945. Her family moved to Alaska then to National City, just south of San Diego.
By the time she was 13 and a student at O’Farrell Junior High, Hamlin was sneaking out to sing with a local country-music band. She told the other members she was 16. While only paid in tips, Hamlin was delighted to be on stage. “I was just happy to sing,” she wrote on her website.
Hamlin was only 14 when she wrote “Angel Baby,” inspired equally by a teenage crush she had at the time and by “Earth Angel,” a heart-wrenching doo-wop hit by The Penguins.
She recorded the song in a converted airline hangar in San Marcos, not long after her uncle’s girlfriend introduced her to the musicians who became The Originals — bassist Tony Gomez and guitarists David Ponci and Noah Tafolla. Drummer Carl Von Goodat and saxophonist Alfred Barrett came on board a short while later.
“We were looking for somebody who might have a recording studio,” Hamlin told the Union-Tribune. “And in those days there really weren't any here in San Diego yet. I (thought) we were going to have to go to Los Angeles.”
However, making a recording and securing a record contract were two very different matters, as Hamlin recounted in the biography on her website.
“We had trouble landing a record deal,” she wrote. “We couldn’t even get an appointment with any of the labels. So we took one of our 45’s to Kresge’s Department Store in San Diego. They had listening booths in their music section where you could preview records before you bought them. We asked the manager to play our record and see if he could sell it in his store.”
A deal with Highland Records followed, although the label insisted that Ponci — as the oldest member of The Originals — receive sole writing credit. Released in 1960, the song rose to No. 5 on the national charts by early 1961. Hamlin would spend years battling to regain authorship credit and the music publishing royalties to her song.
The success of “Angel Baby” led to an “American Bandstand” TV appearance and concert tours with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other stars. Despite the release of at least five other singles in 1961 and 1962, “Angel Baby” would be Hamlin’s sole hit. Several decades later, the song earned her a place of prominence in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “One-Hit Wonder” exhibit in Cleveland. Hamlin was elated.
“I was the first Latina to be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio,” she wrote on her website, “for my song ‘Angel Baby.’”
After her lone hit, Hamlin went on to record an album with Originals’ guitarist Tafolla, to whom she was married for three years. She quit music in the 1960s to raise her son, Joey Tafolla, and daughter, Deborah Cray. A subsequent marriage produced her second son, John Sanders.
But she returned to singing in each subsequent decade, leading varying lineups of The Originals, until her health problems became too severe.
“I just can't stay away,” she told the Union-Tribune of her passion for music. “I love it.”
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