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Sunday, April 29, 2012



Eastside band, The Blue Satins hailed from the North East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, California.
The band members were:

Mike Gomez (vocals)
Louie Lopez (vocals)
Pete Ventura
Raul Suarez (lead guitar)
Frank Estrella
Frank Mezquita (bass guitar)
Bobby Loya (trumpet)
Charles Lueras (sax)
Robert Perez (sax)
John Betancourt (drums)

From 1963 to 1967 The Blue Satins were one of the hottest bands on the Eastside scene. They performed at some of the biggest venues and dances all over Southern California.They performed on many of the local television shows including 9th Street West, Shebang, and the Lloyd Thaxton Show. A deal was in the works for a spot on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and a recording contract was also in the works when members of the band as so many of the Eastside bands were called to serve their country in the armed forces.

In 1963 the group recorded "You Don't Know Me" and "My Wife Can't Cook" for the Scarlet label
(Scarlet 501)

Both songs are covers. "You Don't Know Me" was a big hit for Ray Charles and "My Wife Can't Cook" was a hit for Lonnie Russ.

You May Listen To The Blue Satins "You Don't Know Me" Here:

You May LIsten To The Blue Satins "My Wife Can't Cook" Here:

You May Listen To The Blue Satins singing "Help Yourself" at the Salesian High School Rock & Roll Show Here:

The Blue Satins on television Spanish language station KMEX-TV

In 2004 the band reunited & performed at the Fairplex Sheraton Suites in Pomona, CA. The band put out a compact disc entitled "Blue Satins - Revisited"

The band does an excellent job on Frankie & Johnny's Eastside classic "My First Love" and is worth buying the CD for this track alone.

When I last received an e-mail from Frank Mezquita there were still copies available. If you are interested in the CD please visit this wesite:

or send Frank an e-mail at


Soley for historical & educational purposes and for listening pleasure.

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