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Saturday, June 4, 2011

ROOTS OF THE EASTSIDE SOUND - CHICO SESMA


Lionel "Chico" Sesma attended Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. He was a member of the dance orchestra , the concert band and the band that played at football games.
  After high school he played trombone with the Johnny Richards orchestra and the Russ Morgan orchestra playing "big band music"
  By 1949 his musical carrer had slowed & he became a disc jockey at radio station KOWL. KOWL would later become KDAY. Sesma was the first person to expose mambo and cha cha chá in Los Angeles with an innovative new bilingual broadcasting twist.
  In the early 1950's he began promoting concerts by Latino artists. By 1959 he was promoting his monthly "Latin Holidays" show at the Hollywood Palladium. These shows would run through 1973.
  In searching for a Chico Sesma discography I could only find one extended-play 45 released on the Fiesta label from the early 1950's. The songs on the EP are "Cha Cha Bounce", " Lullaby In Cha Cha", "Enchachalada" and "Cha Cha In The Moonlight".

You may listen to "Cha Cha Bounce" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QlTFNkOODY

If anyone has more information on Chico and his music please contact me.

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Soley for historical, educational and listening enjoyment.

3 comments:

  1. Amazing music. A mirror image of what was happening in New York. Thanks for posting.

    Aurora

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  2. I was one of those ifluenced by Chico Sesma. In the late 50's, I listened to Chico on the radio and he expanded my appreciation of jazz into latin rhythms. Glad to see a tribute site for him.

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  3. my email is greatproductions@aol.com

    friend of the family

    Kip

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