MICKEY & THE INVADERS
Mike James Aversa (Mickey) (guitar)
John Ortiz (sax)
Bobby Espinosa (keyboards)
Denny Robinson (guitar)
Linda Robinson (vocals)
Simon Casas (guitar)
Barry Ward (drummer)
Danny Lamont (drummer)
Originally called Mickey & The Cavaliers & hailing from the Montebello/East Los Angeles area, Mickey & The Invaders were led by my cousin and guitarist/song writer Mickey Aversa. Mickey & The Invaders were another great Eastside band and Mickey's musical career spans over 50 years. A little known fact is that keyboardist, Bobby Espinosa started in this band and would later go on to play with El Chicano.
Photos taken at KCOP-TV Studios "Hispanorama" television show
Don Verna (Drums)
Edward Matisoff (Sax)
Dale Irwin (Bass)
Nancy Maldonado (Singer)
Pat Richardson (Singer)
Mickey Aversa (Vocals & Guitar)
The band was very versatile playing surf, pop, rock, jazz and Latin music. The band was one of the busiest of the Eastside scenes playing almost every local venue including the Big Union Hall and East Los Angeles College.
In 1965 the band recorded "Land of Broken Hearts" and "Blast Off" for the Lap label (Lap 108). "Land Of Broken Hearts" (a great teener) was recorded by studio musicians and Mickey singing lead. It was intended to be the A side of the record but disc jockeys flipped it over and started playing the surf instrumental "Blast Off".
The musicians on "Blast Off" (written by Mickey) were Mickey Aversa (lead guitar), Simon Casas (bass), John Ortiz (tenor sax), Barry Ward (drums) and Denny Robinson (guitar).
You May Listen To Mickey & The Invaders "Land Of Broken Hearts" Here:
You May Listen To Mickey & The Invaders "Blast Off" Here:
Later in 1965, the band would record "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" and "You'll Never Know" and released on the Yardbird label (Yardbird 8007). Both sides were written by Mickey Aversa.
You May Listen To Mickey & The Invaders "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" Here:
You May Listen To Mickey & The Invaders "You'll Never Know" Here:
In 1967, Mickey & The Invaders would win The Battle Of The Bands held at the Teenage Fair at The Hollywood Palladium.
At this time the band members included:
Mickey Aversa (lead singer, lead guitar)
John Ortiz (organ sax)
Barry Ward (drummer)
Simon Casas (bass, guitar, organ)
Mario Sasa (trumpet)
Sonny Lathrop (rhythm guitar)