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Thursday, November 24, 2011


On December 2 the Chicano Legends Of Soul will once again perform at the Gibson Ampitheatre here in Los Angeles. I have been looking forward to this show all year. Artists from the Eastside & Westside and even New York City will gather for this special holiday treat. The line-up is loaded with many of my favorite artists and I hope all who live near thew L.A. area can attend this gala event.
  I put together a CD from the tunes listed on the shows poster so I will have something to listen to as I make the long cruise.

Track List:

01. Thee Midniters - Dreaming Casually
02. Thee Midniters - The Town I Live In
03. El Chicano - Sabor A Mi
04. El Chicano - Viva Tirado
05. Joe Bataan - My Cloud
06. Joe Bataan - The Prayer
07. Malo - Suavecito
08. Malo - Nena
09. Tierra - Together
10. Tierra - Memories
11. Rene & Rene - Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero
12. Rene & Rene - Angelito
13. Joe Bravo - It's Ok
14. Joe Bravo - I Apologize
15. Royal Chessmen - Beggin' You
16. Thee Original Dupremes - I'm So Happy
17. Thee Original Dupremes - Misery
18. Thee Original Dupremes - You Are My Girl
19. Heartbreakers - Cradle Rock
20. Heartbreakers - Everytime I See You
21. Skip Mahoney & The Casuals - Wherever You Go
22. Skip Mahoney & The Casuals - We Share Love


                                          EL CHICANO

                                       EL CHICANO "SABOR A MI"

                                      JOE BATAAN

                                   RENE "LO MUCHO QUE TE QUIERO"

                                  JOE BRAVO

                                   ROYAL CHESSMEN

                                   SKIP MAHONEY & THE CASUALS



                                        WILLIE G

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Ruben Molina, Soulera 5150 and the rest of the Southern Soul Spinner crew hit the road & head for Las Vegas, Nevada on the Veteran's Day weekend for a show at The Beauty Bar on November 12, 2011. Plenty of vintage vinyl will be on the turntables if you can break away from the gambling tables.
  If you are in Vegas that weekend please stop by and say hello to the crew.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Though not often mentioned in literary pieces on the Eastside Sound, the musical career of Chris Montez can not be overlooked when examining the Los Angeles music scene of the early 1960's.

Ezekiel Christopher Montanez was born in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1943. He grew up in Hawthorne, California and was influenced by his Hispanic culture and the rock & roll sucess of Ritchie Valens. As a youth, he began singing rancheras with his brothers, learned to play guitar and while at Hawthorne High School formed a band and started writing his own songs. He attended Hawthorne High the same time the Beach Boys did and even jammed at Brian Wilson's home.
  Chris Montez would go on to be a teen sensation and many of his records are highly sought after by collectors of the "Teen Sound"
  At the age of 17, Chris recorded his first single as Chris Montez & The Invincibles entitled "She's My Rockin Baby" for the Norton label.

In 1960 Chris would record my favorite track "They Say" backed with "I Lost My Baby" for the Guaranteed label.

You May Listen To Chris Montez "They Say" Here:

You May Listen To Chris Montez "I Lost My Baby" Here:

In 1962, producer Jim Lee help promote Chris by forming a label called Monogram. Chris would have much success for Monogram and I will focus on those records which are the best & most essential.

The first release for Monogram was "All You Had To Do" and "Love Me" (Monogram 500)

You May Listen To Chris Montez "All You Had To Do" Here:

You May Listen To Chris Montez "Love Me" Here:

The second single also released in 1962 was "Let's Dance" and "You're The One" (Monogram 505)

"Let's Dance" would reach Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.

You May Listen To "Chris Montez "Let's Dance" Here:

You May Listen To Chris Montez "You're The One" Here:

The next single for Monogram was "Tell Me (It's Not Over)" and "Some Kinda Fun" in 1963 (Monogram 507)

You May Listen To Chris Montez "Tell Me (It's Not Over) " Here:

You May Listen To Chris Montez "Some Kinda Fun" Here:

In 1964 Kathy Young (Of Kathy Young & The Innocents fame "A Thousand Stars") would join the Monogram label and her voice was dubbed on to two of Chris' hits. "You're The One" and "All You Had To Do (Was Tell Me)" (Monogram 517)

You May Listen To Chris & Kathy "You're The One" Here:

You May Listen To Chris & Kathy "All You Had To Do (Was Tell Me)" Here:

The duo would team up again on "It Takes Two" and "Shoot That Curl" (Monogram 520) also released in 1964.

You May Listen To "It Takes Two" Here:

You May Listen To Chris & Kathy "Shoot That Curl" Here:

Chris Montez would tour with many of the "heavy weight" artists of the day such as Clyde McPhatter, The Platters, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and The Beatles. He would enjoy just as much fame in the U.K ans in the U.S.

In 1965 Chris Montez would move to the A&M label and mentored by the great Herb Alpert his music would take a mor middle-of-the road approach and he would again enjoy success. In November 1965 A&M Records would release "Call Me" (A&M 780) which relach Number 22 on the Billboard charts.

You May Listen To Chris Montez "Call Me" Here:

The next big hit for Chris was "The More I See You" released in 1966. (A&M 796). It would rech Number 16 on the Billboard charts.

You May Listen To Chris Montez "The More I See You" Here:

Chris Montez Albums:

The More I See You Album 1966 (A&M)

Time After Time Album (A&M)

                                                              Foolin' Around Album (A&M)

Watch What Happens Album (A&M)

Chris Montez CDs:

"Let's Dance - The Monogram Sides"

This compact disc is essential to any Chris Montez collection & contains the singles from the Monogram label. (Ace Record Label)

"Call Me - The A&M Years"

The essential companion compact disc containing the A&M singles (Eclipse Record label)

Chris continues to perform live and appeared at Mi Hacienda in Pico Rivera in March.

To learn more about Chris Montez please read this article by Mark Guerrero entitled:
"Chris Montez: Pop & Rock Hitmaker of the 60's" Here:


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Sunday, October 9, 2011


Eastside Legends Tierra will headline a special Halloween costume party at Nick's Taste Of Texas on October 29, 2011. Hosted by Mr Duran, this show looks to be go good it's scary. Don't miss this great night of music & memories and dress up as your favorite Halloween character. Music, dancing and adult beverages. KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Editor's Note:

Thanks to Greg Russo Of Russo-Buff Publishing LLC and Crossfire Productions I have made some corrections to this text especially record release dates.

The Velveteens hailed from Pomona, California and were headed by bandleader Johnny Valenzuela Jr. In junior high he took up trumpet and saxophone but switched to guitar after seeing Richie Valens play at a concert at El Monte Legion Stadium. He formed a band called "The Velveteens" which included members:

Danny Espinoza - Sax
Rod Rodriguez - Guitar
Johnny Valenzuela - Piano
Poly Rodriguez - Bass
Danny Valenzuela - Drums

Their first record was a pair of instrumentals "Dog Patch Creeper" and "Johnny's Jump" which were released on Paul Buff's Emmy label (Emmy 1005) in 1960 recorded at The Pal Studios in Cucamonga, California

You May Listen To The Velveteens "Dog Patch Creeper" Here:

Yo May Listen To The Velveteens "Johnny's Jump" Here:

Even though Poly Rodriguez was the band's original bassist, he played lead guitar on both sides of this single.

At the L.A. County Fairgrounds Johnny Valenzulea discovered a female vocalist, Mary Unzuetta (Mary Lou Zuetta) of San Dimas, California. With Mary Lou as lead vocalist the group recorded "Oh Baby" and "Come Back"on the Emmy label (Emmy 1007) in February 1961. Both sides are teen doo wop in the style of Rosie & The Originals "Angel Baby"

Soon after, two girls from Chino, Terri Bonilla & Lucy Duran were added to the group. They recorded "Bells Of Love" and "You've Brokem My Heart" at Paul Buff's Pal Studios and released it on the Kerwood label (Kerwood 711) in February 1961. On the record Terri Bonilla sings lead & Lucy Duran & Mary Lou Zuetta sing background harmony.

You May Listen To Terri & The Velveteens "Bells Of Love" Here:

You May Listen To Terri & The Velveteens "You've Broken My Heart" Here:

Around the same time Spider Ray Quinones recorded a song with The Velveteens called "Maria" at Pal Studios which exists as an acetate. Spider Ray & The Velveteens also recorded "While We Dance" and "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)."While We Dance" and "Maria" were released on the Boss label (Boss 102) in February 1961.. It is yet another fine doowop recording by the group.

You May Listen To Johnny Valenzuela & The Velveteens "Maria" Here:

"It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)" remains unreleased as far as I know.

Johnny Valenzuela & Terri Bonilla were married and began performing as a duo around the Pomona-San Dimas area. As Terri & The Velveteens they recorded "I'm Waiting" and "La Flor" at Art Laboe's Original Sound Studios and the record was released with some extra background singers overdubbed on the Arc label (Arc 6534) released in January 1961,

You May Listen To Terri & The Velveteens "I'm Waiting" Here:

You May Listen To Terri & The Velveteens "La Flor" Here:

 Terri Bonilla and Ray "Spider Ray" Quinones (Of Rene & Ray) would record "I Miss You So" and "Your Tender Lips" for the Donna label (Donna 1365) under the name Terri & Johnnie.

But this may not be the case. It is now believed that Johnny Valenzuela did sing the duet with Terri Bonilla and they co-authored the B side and that record was released in May 1962 and would be their last.

You May Listen To Terri & Johnnie "I Miss You So" Here:

You May Listen To Terri & Johnnie "Your Tender Lips" Here:

Lucy Duran & The Velveteens

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Piceno)


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