Lawrence Perez (guitar)
Frank Zuniga (bass)
George Delgado (rhythm guitar)
John Perez (drums)
Joe Whiteman Jr (sax) replaced by Phil Ruiz
Hailing from San Gabriel, California, The Premiers started out in 1962. They began playing house parties, weddings and dances. Lawrence & John Perez' mother contacted Billy Cardenas. Billy got them gigs at The Paramount Ballroom, The Rhythm Room in Fullerton and The Rainbow Gardens in Pomona.
Billy Cardenas introduced the band to Eddie Davis and got them a recording contract. For their first record Billy suggested a song written & recorded by Don & Dewey, "Farmer John". The record was recorded at Stereo masters Studios in Hollywood although the record label says it was recorded live. The live sound on the record was provided by a girls car club, The Chevelles.
"Farmer John" and "Duffy's Blues" were released on the Faro label (Faro 615) in 1964. The record became a huge national hit reaching number 19 on the Billboard charts in July.
Eddie Davis took the record to Warner Brothers Records for further promotion and distribution. Warner Brothers also released the record in 1964 (Warner Brothers 5443)
Warner Brothers wanted to capitalize on the band's success and rush released an album titled "Farmer John Live" in 1964. This album will be reviewed in the Vinyl Classics section.