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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

THE EASTSIDE BANDS



(left to right- Ray Ballesteros, Jesse Perez, Jacob Padilla, Anthony Baray {front center}, Ray Rosa {back center}, Fred Gonzalez, Andy ?, Rodger Baron Guitierrez)

THEE EMERALDS:




front row, left to right- Anthony Baray, Sammy "Bones" Ramos, Ray Rosa)
(center, left to right- Mike Mercado, Ray Ballesteros, Jesse Perez)
(back row, left to right- Jacob Padilla, Fred Gonzalez, Andy ?)


THEE CELESTIALS:



(left to right- Richard Ramirez, Bob Zurko, Bernie Leal, Chuck Muela, Ray Headrick, and Mike Valdez)
(hidden- Mike Montez, rhythm guitar and Mike Aceves, drums)


THEE ENCHANTERS:



THEE ROYAL CHECKMATES:



left to right- Joe Herrera (keys), Albert Alaman (bass), Eddie Jones (vocals/guitar)
Richard Saenz (rhythm guitar), Ray Rodriguez (drums), Freddy Saenz (vocals)
(c. 1972 Ray Rodriguez would become the drummer for Yaqui.)


THEE ROYAL CHECKMATES (CIRCA 1966):



(front center- Debbie Thomas)
(left to right- Bobby Gonzales, Richard Saenz, Steve Ramirez, Aaron Ballesteros, 
Joe Herrera, Ralph Gandara, Eddie Jones, David Segura, and Eddie Herron)(Aaron Ballesteros would later become Tierra's longtime drummer.)
 


THEE PROGRESSIONS:


from left- Rick DeLeon, Clarence Playa, far right- Sammy "Bones" Ramos)


THEE ROYAL JESTERS:


(front row, left to right- Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia {pre-Cannibal & the Headhunters}, Joe Urzua, Jimmy Horvath, and Robert Martinez)
(back row, left to right- Freddie Ayala, Raul Ceballos, Johnny Diaz, and Fred Gallegos)
(photo courtesy of Raul Ceballos)

THE RHYTHM PLAYBOYS:



(center- Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, pre-Cannibal & the Headhunters)


THE LITTLE HEARTBREAKERS:



THE VELVETONES:




THE VESUVIANS:



(Bobby Hernandez on sax)


THE ETALONS:





THE EXOTICS:




AL & THE NITELITERS:




ART & THE FABULONS:




(top row, left to right- Ernest Martinez, Joey Valenzuela, 
Ernie Valenzuela, and Art Valenzuela)
(front row, left to right- Cesar Reta, Willie Estrada, and Efrain Farias)

THE VILLAGE CALLERS:





THE DELGADO BROTHERS:





Bobby and Danny Delgado, 2nd and far right, had been  members of The Exotics
and Eddie Delgado, 2nd from right, had been a member of Thee Ambertones)


THE PROPHETS:



(back row, left to right-  Bill Reyes,  Bobby Hernandez (Romancers),  Tom Fuentes, Gil Mendiaz)  (front row, left to right- Dave Parsley, John Deluna (later of El Chicano), unidentified)
(Photo courtesy of William "Bill" Reyes)



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

EASTSIDE BANDS - THE ROYAL CHESSMEN



Band Members:

David Luna (vocals)
Joe Luna (drums)
Gilbert Zabala (lead guitar)
John Albert (rhythm guitar)
Raul Davalina (bass guitar)

The Royal Chessmen hailed from El Monte, California and in 1966 recorded the Eastside classic "Beggin' You"

"Beggin You" was intended to be the B-Side of the record with "You Must Believe Me" as the A-Side.
The songs were recorded and released on the Custom Fidelity label, a private press company that produced records on contract for artists. The band literally sold the records out of the trunks of their cars which makes them very rare and collectable in today's market.

You Must Believe Me"/"Beggin' You" (Custom Fidelity CF-742, 1966)






You May Listen To The Royal Chessmen "You Must Believe Me" Here:










You May Listen To The Royal Chessmen "Beggin' You" Here:






Because of it's popularity "Beggin You" has been successfully bootlegged on the Riot label (Riot R-001-A)



:
The Custom Fidelity 45RPM is currently on my want list.





              The Royal Chessmen at Nick's Taste Of Texas, West Covina


NO COPYRIGHT INFRINEMENT INTENDED. SOLEY FOR HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES!! AND FOR LISTENING PLEASURE!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

VINYL CLASSICS - THE SALESIAN HIGH SCHOOL ROCK & ROLL SHOWS

Bishop Mora Salesian High School is a Catholic high scool built in 1958 and located in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, California.

In 1964, the school's band director, W.A, Taggert began producing concerts at East Los Angeles City College. The auditorium held approximately 2500 seats.

The Salesian High School Rock & Roll Show albums are little known outside of collectors of Los Angeles R&B music and lovers of the Eastside Sound.

Five albums were recorded and released on the Century Custom Recording Service label in 1964 and 1965. The albums were initially sold at the school book store for $3.25 and if you can find them now sell for hundreds of dollars.

Considering that the price of a Beatles concert ticket was $5.00 at the time, the $1.25 ticket price for the first show was certainly a bargain. The Beatles played for 30 minutes and the Salesian shows ran from 3 to 3 1/2 hours. For later shows admission price was $2.00.

Volume 1 (Century Custom 19070) Recorded April 19. 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side One:

Bobbie & The Esquires - You'll Lose A Good Thing
John Gamboa Sextet - Down At The Chicken Shack
John Gamboa Sextet - Moody's Mood For Love
Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors - Night Train
Thee Midniters - Chinese Checkers
Thee Midniters - For Your Love

Side Two:

The Vesuvians - The Fugitive
The Vesuvians - Hand Clapping
Blue Satins - Summertime
Blue Satins - Love Lights
Blue Satins - My First Love
The Salesian Mustand Swing Band - Theme For Rock & Roll

Producer: W.A.Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R.Ruiz

It is said that these were the first recordings of Thee Midniters; a cover version of Booker T & The MG's "Chinese Checkers" and a cover of Ed Townsend's "For Your Love"

Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors recorded one single for the Goliath label "Flame Of Love" and "Justine" in1963.

The Blue Satins recorded one single for the Scarlet label "You Don't Know Me" and "My Wife Can't Cook" in 1963.


VOLUME 2 (Century Custom 21995) Recorded October 18, 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

Art & The Nite Liters - Tuff Talk
The Velvetones - Tenderly
Ronnie & The Casuals - 20.75
The Rhythm Playboys - This Is My Prayer
The Rhythm Playboys - One Degree North
Thee Midniters with Lil'l Willie G, vocalist - And I Love Her
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - So Far Away

Side 2:

Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - I Need Someone
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - Darling Forever
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G vocalist - Sad Girl
The Blue Satins - Help Yourself
The Blue Satins - Oh-Pu-Pi-Do (featuring The Sisters Trio)
The Blue Satins - The Bounce

Notes by George L. Pineda

Volume 2 is the most common volume (easiest to find) probably because more copies were sold due to the appearance and popularity of Thee Midniters featuring Li'l Willie G on vocals.At this show Thee Midniters also performed "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (not included on this album) Thee Midniters were supposed to back Cannibal & The Headhunters who were know locally for their version of the Chris Kenner penned tune. Cannibal & The Headhunters were stuck in Fresno with bad weather so Thee Midniters had the starring spot and performed their own version. This prompted W.A. Taggert to take Thee Midniters recording to Ruth Contes of Chattahoochee Record in Hollywood. The single "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (parts 1&2) would be released in November, 1964 on Chattahoochee 666.

The album also includes a track by Ronnie & The Casuals who would go on to be called Ronnie & The Pomona Casuals (see my post under EASTSIDE BANDS) and The Blue Satins "Oh-Pu-Pi-Do" featuring The Sisters Trio. The Sisters would record the track as "Ooh Poo Pa Doo" for Del-Fi backed by Ronnie & The Casuals.


VOLUME 3 (Century Custom 20069) Recorded May 16,1965














TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

The Goofy Six Plus One - I Need Someone
The Relations - I Do Love You
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Sad Girl
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Darling Forever
The Etalons - Out Of Sight
The Little Heartbreakers - Cradle Rock
The Enchanters - Try Me
The Parlay Brothers - Uncle Sam's Man

Side 2:

The Emeralds - Wooly Bully
The Precisions - I Been Trying
The Counts - Girl Of My Dreams
Clarence Playa - I Wake Up Crying
The Velvetones - Gloria
The Progressions - Twine Time
Li'l Ray - Ooh Baby Baby
The Ambertones - Ebb Tide

Producer: W.A. Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R. Ruiz

My favorite Salesian High Rock & Roll album for a couple of reasons. One, my cousin Mickey Aversa & his band, The Invaders performed at this show & are on this album. Two, several other acts on this album went on to have recording careers including Little Ray Jimenez & The Progressions (including Clarence Playa), The Heartbreakers, The Parlay Brothers, The Counts and The Ambertones. You can find more information on these bands by checking out my posts under EASTSIDE LEGENDS and EASTSIDE BANDS.









VOLUME 4 (Century Custom) Recorded October 10, 1965






TRACK LIST:

The Vandells - Get Down With It
The Entertainers - Double OO Soul
The Fabulons - I'll Go Crazy
The Four J's - My Girl Sloopy
The Executives - High Heel Sneakers
The Relations - Heat Wave
The Impalas - Treat Her Right
The V.I.P's - David's Mood
Frankie Valens - Gee Whiz
The Emeralds - So Far Away
The Enchantments - Try Me
The Etalons - Ask Me Why
The Noblemen - To Be Loved
The Ambertones - I Need Someone
The Ambertones - My Prayer
The Four By Fours - Roll Over Beethoven





The scans and track list were provided to me by fellow collector Gene Aguilera along with a compact disc of the recording. I can not thank Mr Aguilera enough for his help in my inclusion of this volume on this post.

The Ambertones return on Volume 4. The Noblemen recorded "Soul Shuffle" for the Kay Gee record label in 1964. The Impalas are covered under EASTSIDE BANDS. Also of note are the V.I.P's who would go on to become El Chicano.

There is a fifth volume in this series but it has only a couple of bands and the rest of the album is by the Salesian High School band.

Vinyl copies of volumes 4 and 5 are currently on my want list.

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!! SOLEY FOR HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.


VINYL CLASSICS - THE SALESIAN HIGH SCHOOL ROCK & ROLL SHOWS

Bishop Mora Salesian High School is a Catholic high scool built in 1958 and located in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, California.

In 1964, the school's band director, W.A, Taggert began producing concerts at East Los Angeles City College. The auditorium held approximately 2500 seats.

The Salesian High School Rock & Roll Show albums are little known outside of collectors of Los Angeles R&B music and lovers of the Eastside Sound.

Five albums were recorded and released on the Century Custom Recording Service label in 1964 and 1965. The albums were initially sold at the school book store for $3.25 and if you can find them now sell for hundreds of dollars.

Considering that the price of a Beatles concert ticket was $5.00 at the time, the $1.25 ticket price for the first show was certainly a bargain. The Beatles played for 30 minutes and the Salesian shows ran from 3 to 3 1/2 hours. For later shows admission price was $2.00.

Volume 1 (Century Custom 19070) Recorded April 19. 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side One:

Bobbie & The Esquires - You'll Lose A Good Thing
John Gamboa Sextet - Down At The Chicken Shack
John Gamboa Sextet - Moody's Mood For Love
Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors - Night Train
Thee Midniters - Chinese Checkers
Thee Midniters - For Your Love

Side Two:

The Vesuvians - The Fugitive
The Vesuvians - Hand Clapping
Blue Satins - Summertime
Blue Satins - Love Lights
Blue Satins - My First Love
The Salesian Mustand Swing Band - Theme For Rock & Roll

Producer: W.A.Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R.Ruiz

It is said that these were the first recordings of Thee Midniters; a cover version of Booker T & The MG's "Chinese Checkers" and a cover of Ed Townsend's "For Your Love"

Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors recorded one single for the Goliath label "Flame Of Love" and "Justine" in1963.

The Blue Satins recorded one single for the Scarlet label "You Don't Know Me" and "My Wife Can't Cook" in 1963.


VOLUME 2 (Century Custom 21995) Recorded October 18, 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

Art & The Nite Liters - Tuff Talk
The Velvetones - Tenderly
Ronnie & The Casuals - 20.75
The Rhythm Playboys - This Is My Prayer
The Rhythm Playboys - One Degree North
Thee Midniters with Lil'l Willie G, vocalist - And I Love Her
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - So Far Away

Side 2:

Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - I Need Someone
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - Darling Forever
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G vocalist - Sad Girl
The Blue Satins - Help Yourself
The Blue Satins - Oh-Pu-Pi-Do (featuring The Sisters Trio)
The Blue Satins - The Bounce

Notes by George L. Pineda

Volume 2 is the most common volume (easiest to find) probably because more copies were sold due to the appearance and popularity of Thee Midniters featuring Li'l Willie G on vocals.At this show Thee Midniters also performed "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (not included on this album) Thee Midniters were supposed to back Cannibal & The Headhunters who were know locally for their version of the Chris Kenner penned tune. Cannibal & The Headhunters were stuck in Fresno with bad weather so Thee Midniters had the starring spot and performed their own version. This prompted W.A. Taggert to take Thee Midniters recording to Ruth Contes of Chattahoochee Record in Hollywood. The single "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (parts 1&2) would be released in November, 1964 on Chattahoochee 666.

The album also includes a track by Ronnie & The Casuals who would go on to be called Ronnie & The Pomona Casuals (see my post under EASTSIDE BANDS) and The Blue Satins "Oh-Pu-Pi-Do" featuring The Sisters Trio. The Sisters would record the track as "Ooh Poo Pa Doo" for Del-Fi backed by Ronnie & The Casuals.


VOLUME 3 (Century Custom 20069) Recorded May 16,1965














TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

The Goofy Six Plus One - I Need Someone
The Relations - I Do Love You
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Sad Girl
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Darling Forever
The Etalons - Out Of Sight
The Little Heartbreakers - Cradle Rock
The Enchanters - Try Me
The Parlay Brothers - Uncle Sam's Man

Side 2:

The Emeralds - Wooly Bully
The Precisions - I Been Trying
The Counts - Girl Of My Dreams
Clarence Playa - I Wake Up Crying
The Velvetones - Gloria
The Progressions - Twine Time
Li'l Ray - Ooh Baby Baby
The Ambertones - Ebb Tide

Producer: W.A. Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R. Ruiz

My favorite Salesian High Rock & Roll album for a couple of reasons. One, my cousin Mickey Aversa & his band, The Invaders performed at this show & are on this album. Two, several other acts on this album went on to have recording careers including Little Ray Jimenez & The Progressions (including Clarence Playa), The Heartbreakers, The Parlay Brothers, The Counts and The Ambertones. You can find more information on these bands by checking out my posts under EASTSIDE LEGENDS and EASTSIDE BANDS.









VOLUME 4 (Century Custom) Recorded October 10, 1965






TRACK LIST:

The Vandells - Get Down With It
The Entertainers - Double OO Soul
The Fabulons - I'll Go Crazy
The Four J's - My Girl Sloopy
The Executives - High Heel Sneakers
The Relations - Heat Wave
The Impalas - Treat Her Right
The V.I.P's - David's Mood
Frankie Valens - Gee Whiz
The Emeralds - So Far Away
The Enchantments - Try Me
The Etalons - Ask Me Why
The Noblemen - To Be Loved
The Ambertones - I Need Someone
The Ambertones - My Prayer
The Four By Fours - Roll Over Beethoven





The scans and track list were provided to me by fellow collector Gene Aguilera along with a compact disc of the recording. I can not thank Mr Aguilera enough for his help in my inclusion of this volume on this post.

The Ambertones return on Volume 4. The Noblemen recorded "Soul Shuffle" for the Kay Gee record label in 1964. The Impalas are covered under EASTSIDE BANDS. Also of note are the V.I.P's who would go on to become El Chicano.

There is a fifth volume in this series but it has only a couple of bands and the rest of the album is by the Salesian High School band.

Vinyl copies of volumes 4 and 5 are currently on my want list.

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!! SOLEY FOR HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.