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.
You may listen to "Cha Cha Bounce" here:
If anyone has more information on Chico and his music please contact me.
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