Matthew Mondanile releasing “Hamilton Road” 7 inch on OESB.
Here is the video for Landrunner, the animation was made by Alice Cohen, which she is having a her solo exhibit at Live with Animals Gallery on kent Avenue in Williamsburg. She is great and this is the last weekend so go and check out the rest of her artwork. The track is a guitar driven jam with an austere drum line very simple, a really cool song and video.
Heres a video compilation from you tube and wikipedia i put together on some of the most well known acts of rock n roll with mexican american blood.
Ritchie Valens (Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes; May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist.A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens’ recording career lasted only eight months. During this time, however, he scored several hits, most notably “La Bamba“, which was originally a Mexican folk song that Valens transformed with a rock rhythm and beat that became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement.On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as The Day the Music Died, Valens was killed in a small-plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.
The original lineup came together in 1962, composed of Larry Borjas on guitar, Borjas’s cousin, guitar phenom Robert Balderrama, and Robert Martinez on guitars and bongos. Martinez switched to drums shortly thereafter. The band played instrumental music inspired by surf groups and artists like Link Wray. They soon added ? on vocals. These Mexican-American musicians were from the Saginaw area of Michigan with ? coming from Flint. Robert Martinez was drafted into the U.S. military just before the band was scheduled to begin recording and Larry Borjas decided to enlist with him using the buddy system to keep the two friends together. Immediate replacements were needed and both Eddie Serrato (drums) and Frank Lugo (bass guitar) were recruited from Mexican bands, with Bobby Balderama switching from bass to guitar. Fourteen-year-old Frank Rodriguez was brought in on keyboards and the classic “96 Tears”‘ lineup was formed.
Question Mark & the Mysterians “I Need Somebody”
Question Mark & the Mysterians “Do You Feel It”
Cannibal & The Headhunters were an American band originating from East Los Angeles, that is known for being one of the first Mexican-American groups to have a national hit record, “Land of a Thousand Dances”, recorded on the RAMPART label.
The original group was founded by Frankie “Cannibal” Garcia in 1964; the other group members were Joe “Yo Yo” Jaramillo, Bobby “Rabbit” Jaramillo and Richard “Scar” Lopez. Barely out of high school, they came from Ramona Gardens and Estrada Courts Housing Projects of East Los Angeles, and were inspired by the African American Doo Wop Groups in their neighborhoods.
Thee Midniters “Love Special Delivery” Thee Midniters were amongst the first Chicano rock bands to have a major hit in the United States, and one of the best known acts to come out of East Los Angeles in the 1960s. Thee Midniters are the only 1960s band from East LA that could—and did—release a greatest hits album. The band was one of the first to integrate horns, timbales, congas, keyboards and electric guitars to produce a sound somewhat on the order ofChicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears, albeit a few years before those bands were “big.”
Thee Midniters were akin to an East LA allstar band. No other group from the area, and not many from elsewhere for that matter, could boast such a collection of talent. At the top was Willie Garcia a.k.a. Little WIllie G., the lead singer. “Willie G. Was one of the most soulful Latin persons I ever heard,” said the singer Brenton Wood. “He could really deliver a sermon, and he had a lot of feeling in his vocals.” Willie took obscure soul ballads such as “The Town I Live In”, or “Giving Up On Love” and made them more beautiful by his own special delivery.
Then there was lead guitarist George Dominguez, whose forte was blues rock. Dominguez had a devoted following among younger players across East LA. For example, Cesar Rosas, later to gain fame as one of the leaders of Los Lobos, would stare at George on stage to see how Thee Midniters’ guitarist played leads and riffs that Cesar could not figure out on his own. On several Midniters’ songs, in particular the live version of “Land of a Thousand Dances“, Drummer George Salazar is as ferocious as the best rock players of the time. Trombonist Romeo Prado also helped with the melodies.
Sam The Sham And The Pharaos “Ready Or Not” Sam the Sham is the stage name of the American rock and roll singer Domingo “Sam” Samudio (born 1937, Dallas, Texas). Sam the Sham was known for his camp robe and turban (inspiring Norton Records’ 1994 Turban Renewal) and hauling his equipment in a 1952 Packard hearse with maroon velvet curtains.Samudio, who is of Mexican American descent, made his singing debut in second grade, representing his school in a radio broadcast. Later, he took up guitar and formed a group with friends, one of whom was Trini Lopez. After graduating from high school, Samudio joined the navy, where he was known as “Big Sam.” He lived in Panama for six years, until his discharge.Back in the States, Samudio enrolled in college, “I was studying classical in the daytime and playing rock and roll at night” he recalled. “That lasted about two years, before I dropped out and became a carny.”In Dallas in 1961, Sam formed ‘The Pharaohs’, the name inspired from the costumes in Yul Brynner‘s portrayal as pharaoh in the 1956 film “The Ten Commandments“. The other members were Carl Medke, Russell Fowler, Omar “Big Man” Lopez and Vincent Lopez (no relation to Omar). In 1962 the group made a record that did not sell. The Pharaohs disbanded in 1962.
And even though Bobby Fuller its not mexican american he grew up in El Paso Tx. my hometown so im going to add this documentary I found on the tube
Bobby Fuller (October 22, 1942 – July 18, 1966) was an Americanrocksinger, songwriter, and guitar player best known for his singles “I Fought the Law” and “Love’s Made a Fool of You,” recorded with his mid-1960s group, the Bobby Fuller Four.
taken from Style Wars website…
“Style Wars is the original Hip Hop documentary. Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, it was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. STYLE WARS is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis.” And now it needs our help to restore it read more here