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Chicano Legends at the Honda starring Lil' Willie G. Dec 7 with All Star Line Up ... Sunny & The Sunliners, Joe Bataan, El Chicano


Chris Kathy & Billy

CHRIS MONTEZ STARS IN THE BEST OF DOO WOP
Rock & Roll Show comes to the Cerritos Performing Arts
By Manuel Esparza www.chicano-magazine.com
NOV 29 2013

LET’S DANCE was a huge dance record back in the early 60’s, that made Chris Montez a house hold name, and the new Ritchie Valens. When Valens died in 1959, fans had high hopes that Chris Montez would fill those shoes. Montez went on the record such classics as THE MORE I SEE YOU, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU.

Chris Montez will grace the stage January 18, at the Cerritos Performing Arts in Cerritos. The Best of Doo Wop stars Chris Montez along with The Dupress, Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions, Brian Hyland, and special guest Kathy Young.
“Chris Montez is the coolest singer I ever met. I remember when we did the La Bamba show at the Celebrity Theatre, he was a real pro and still is,” says Spookey of Chicano Magazine.
For you Chicano Magazine readers I have reposted a photo of Chris Montez, Kathy Young, with producer Billy Cardenas.
www.cerritoscenter.com 562.916.8500/800.300.4945



ORIGINAL SINGER OF ‘BRING ME HAPPINESS’ IS BACK
Rosie Duran was part of the singing duo Rosie & Ron
By Manuel Esparza www.chicano-magazine.com
Nov 2 2013

You would first think that it’s Rosie from Rosie and the Originals “Angel Baby,” fame singing “Bring Me Happiness,” but it’s not its Rosie Duran who was the female singer of the singing duo Rosie and Ron. Fans will get a chance to see Rosie Duran sing her one and only hit “Bring Me Happiness,” along with “So Dearly,” when she steps onto the Honda stage as Rosie & Ron on December 7, at the Chicano Legends concert starring Lil’ Willie G.

The Chicano Legends concert will also feature a rare appearance from soul star Garland Green who’s “Jealous Kinda Fellow,” is a classic soul hit. The All Star Line Up includes Tierra, Joe Bataan, El Chicano, Thee Midniters, Sunny and the Sunliners, Renee & Renee & more !!

You can contact this writer email: chicanomagazine@aol.com



CHICANO LEGENDS COMING TO THE HONDA CENTER
East L.A. Chicano legend Lil’ Willie G. headlines Chicano Legends Concert
By Manuel Esparza www.chicano-magazine.com
Nov 2 2013

Let’s take a Trip down Whittier Boulevard. That’s exactly what music fans are going to enjoy when the Chicano Legends come to the Honda Center Saturday December 7th, starring the Original lead singer of Thee Midniters, Lil’ Willie G., along with such greats as Sunny Ozuna and his group Sunny and The Sunliners, latin soul star Joe Bataan, the legendary Rene & Renee with Rene Ornales, East L.A.’s own Tierra, El Chicano, with special performances by 60’s soul star Garland Green.

“I’m really looking for Chicano Legends this year. It’s history in the making. Can you imagine the artists that are performing paved the way for what is called the Chicano Sound. This is really all we have and they are a Treasure,” says Spookey of Chicano-Magazine.com



Los Lobos
LOS LOBOS CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF MUSIC
East L.A. Band takes there show to Hollywood’s Whiskey A Go Go
By Manuel Esparza www.chicano-magazine.com

It’s not the Montebello Inn (now El Gringo Night Club) or the any other East L.A. Venue, but Los Lobos are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in the music business at Hollywood’s Whiskey A Go Go.
Best known for the La Bamba Soundtrack, Los Lobos are trail blazers and music fans know their music. Los Lobos look up to Lil’ Willie G., and Thee Midniters so they couldn’t be all that bad. East L.A.’s Tierra might beat them in hits but that’s another story for another day.

Come out Thursday November 14 for this show www.ticketweb.com
You can contact this writer by email: chicanomagazine@aol.com



Greg Esparza of Thee Midniters

THEE MIDNITERS LIVE ON STAGE FEATURING GREG ESPARZA
Greg says He will be leaving Thee Midniters for a solo career




Chicano Rock Stars
Chan Romero, The Heartbreakers, Mark Guerrero, Billy Cardenas (center)
Photo: Spookey www.chicano-magazine.com





THE PREMIERS

CHICANO ROCKER: FRANK ZUNIGA DIES
Bass player for the Premiers “Farmer John”
By Manuel Esparza www.chicano-magazine.com

EXCLUSIVE – Original bass player for the 60’s hit group The Premiers passed away December 23, 2010. Billy Cardenas, producer of that smash and classic Chicano Rock & Roll hit remembers Frank, “They were fifthteen year olds when I discovered them,” says Billy Cardenas, who created the East Los Angeles Chicano Sound with Rampart Records.
“They were young but very professional and toured the country with such artists as Bobby Freeman, The Crystals, The Shirelles. They shared the same show with The Supremes, as Farmer John swept the country while topping the Billboard and Cashbox charts.” Says Cardenas.

Mr. Cardenas tells CM that he will be among the family, friends and fans of Frank Zuniga services. Viewing begins at 11:00 a.m. Thursdays Jan 6 at Wiefelf Chapel, 6090 Vella Road, Palms Springs, CA 92264, followed by the Burial at Veterans Arlington Commentary 2:15 p.m., Located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA

On another sad note: Lawrence Perez of the Premiers recently lost his wife of many years Anita Perez.
Family and friends can send funds in care of Anita’s son Danny Perez. Check made to: Danny Perez (son) at Wells Fargo 3778240949 Check Memo: Anita Perez.
Viewing for Anita Perez, Weds 9:30 AM, Jan 5th at Upland Chapel, 525 West 18th Street, Upland, followed by Burial Belleview Memorial Park, Ontario, 1240 West G Street.




IN THE STUDIO WITH BILLY CARDENAS ...
And East L.A's Chicano 60's duo THE HEARTBREAKERS !!
By Manuel Esparza/www.chicano-magazine.com

Legendary record producer Billy Cardenas, you might recall one of his biggest hits to fame, “Framer John,” recorded by The Premiers. Cardenas, after several years of retirement from the music business is back with full speed as he is bringing back one of the original Chicano stars of the 60’s, that legendary duo of The Heatbreakers, who are brothers Benny and Joe Rodriguez, created the East L.A. Sound with their classic hit, “Cradle Rock,” who can forget that ending line, “Down will come baby, cradle and all?”

Today, The “Original” Heartbreakers reunite with Billy Cardenas and other Chicano greats; key figures such as Mark Guerrero of Mark and The Escorts, who is the son of the great legendary Godfather of Chicano Rock, Lalo Guerrero.

Joining the cast of studio players is a very special guest Del Fi Records original star Chan Romero, fans will remember his huge smash rock and roll hit, “Hippy, Hippy Shake.” Chan is looking kool as ever but it is Billy Cardenas who is in great shape, spirit, mind and soul as he directs his musical All-Stars on such treasures as mentioned “Cradle Rock,” along with “I Don’t Care,” written by Chan Romero and showcasing the guitar talents of Mark Guerrero.
One song that stands out as the gem of the three that were chosen for an up-coming CD release on The Heartbreakers, is the tune “Please Answer,” written by 13-year old Benny Rodriguez back in the day!! For more on this Chicano legend project, keep it here at Chicano Magazine for the Exclusive !!

There is also news that The Heartbreakers might put Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford’s “Money That’s What I Want,”
onto the up-coming release, kool.




Chicano Rock Billy Cardenas


Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles

The first Mexican American rock star, teenager Ritchie Valens (born Valenzuela), best known for his rendition of "La Bamba," died along with Buddy Holly in a plane crash on his first national tour. Rising like a sleeping giant, music from the barrios of East Los Angeles began to get heard. Whittier Blvd was brimming with excitement. It was a wonderful time to be young... — Little Willie G, Thee Midniters Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles, produced, written, directed and edited by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jon Wilkman, tells the lively and inspiring story of how generations of young people in America's largest Mexican American community — caught between two cultures and not fully accepted in either — created a unique musical voice and in the process found and proudly expressed their cultural identity. Narrated by Edward James Olmos, this lively one-hour documentary combines intimate interviews, rare archival film and photographs with exuberant music. Chicano Rock! is also an entertaining and informative journey through more than half a century of America's multicultural past. The story begins with Lalo Guerrero, a National Medal of the Arts honoree known as the Father of Chicano Rock. Arriving in Los Angeles in the late 1930s, Lalo found a city bursting with ambition, even in the last days of the Great Depression. During the war years that followed, many young Mexican Americans defied prejudice and stereotypes, adopting zoot suit fashions and a Spanglish slang called calo. Lalo Guerrero and his friend bandleader Don Tosti captured their spirit in music, mixing swing and boogie woogie in a cross-cultural dialog between African American, Anglo and Mexican American influences.

El Chicano, with Ersi Arvisu as lead singer, gained national fame in the 1970s and still performs today. The 1950s brought rhythm and blues and the roots of rock 'n' roll. Mexican Americans were among first to catch the beat. Ritchie Valens, born Richard Valenzuela in the San Fernando Valley, introduced a Latin flair to early rock. His death in a 1959 plane crash, when he was only seventeen, left a tragic legacy, but only inspired a new generation in the 1960s. East Los Angeles witnessed a surge of creativity, and a renaissance of art, music and politics. Leading the way in music was the band Cannibal and the Headhunters, five guys from the projects who recorded a national hit, "Land of a Thousand Dances," and almost overnight found themselves opening for the Beatles on the British superstars' 1965 tour. That same year, Thee Midniters hit the charts with "Whittier Blvd.," an anthem to East L.A.'s most famous street, the home of a late-night cruising scene that expressed the California car culture that Mexican Americans were making their own.

Grammy Award-winning Los Lobos, the trail-blazing band that "put it all together," began in 1973 as Los Lobos del Este Los Angeles. In the late 1960s and 1970s, when civil rights and the Vietnam War were compelling issues, young Mexican Americans proudly called themselves Chicanos (once considered a derogatory term), and many took to as the streets to stand up for their rights. Bands like Tierra and El Chicano created new music that "said something" about Chicano heritage and their struggles for equality and social justice. In the 1970s, the cross-cultural threads of Chicano heritage — American and Mexican, English and Spanish — came triumphantly together with Los Lobos, the Eastside band that realized the promise first expressed by Lalo Guerrero, Don Tosti and Ritchie Valens, and brought the unique blend of Chicano music to Grammy Award-winning international prominence. Today, new bands such as Quetzal and Ozomatli continue East L.A.'s innovative musical traditions. Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles is a long overdue celebration of more than 60 years of music and social change, but it also offers inspiring and unexpected

VISIT PBS OFFICAL WEBSITE: www.pbs.org/chicanorock/



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