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Saturday, July 2, 2011

CHICANO ROCKER - BOBBY REY


In the 1950's Chicanos wanted to play R&B and to them R&B meant saxophone & no Chicano played it better than Bobby Rey.
  Bobby Rey (Reyes) from Los Angeles, California started playing the clarinet at age twelve. By age 14 he was taking saxophone lessions from the great saxophonist, Earl Bostic. Rey became a regular member of the Masked Phantoms Band, a group put together by promoter Hal Zeiger to play every week at the El Monte Legion Stadium shows.
  In 1960 Bobby would record ""Corrido De Auld Lang Syne" amd "Rockin' J Bells" for Art Laboe's Original Sound label. Later in 1960 he was hired by Hal Zeiger to work as a talent scout for Eldo Records. There he discovered the group, the Safaris & help record their smash hit "Image Of A Girl" with his Masked Phantoms Band.
 As a result of having played in the Masked Phantoms, Rey was hired as band leader for a hastily assembled group called the Hollywood Argyles. In July 1960, while Rey was still working for Zeiger & Eldo Records, the Hollywood Argyles released a song called "Alley-Oop" which became a national smash hit although in the novelty genre.
  Bobby Rey would also record "Night Beat" and "Night Theme" for Original Sound and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter" and "Such A Fool" for the Indigo label.

You may listen to Little Bobby Rey & The Masked Phantom Bans "Corrido De Auld Lang Syne" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyXSszKmR24



You may listen to Little Bobby Rey & The Masked Phantom Band "Rockin' J Bells" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooGGRyLWg80&feature=related

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3 comments:

  1. BOBBY WE MET AT THE BOOM BOOM ROOM IN BELLFLOUR,CA JIMMY HOLIDAY WAS YOUR LEAD SINGER ALSO AFTER HOURS AT CLUB SIVILLE IN HUNTINGTON PARK CA I WAS THERE WHEN YOU DELIVERD ROBIN MORALES SHE WAS YOUR FIRST WHAT HAPPENED TO ANDY MORALES? YOUR STILL THE BEST SAX I EVER HEARD KENT DAVIS

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  2. I made a big pot of chicken and dumplings for Bobby Roy back in 1968 while I was living in Los Angeles.

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  3. Sorry that was supposed to be Bobby Rey not Roy, stupid Autocorrect.

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