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Mark Guerrero Bio

    Mark Guerrero grew up in East Los Angeles graduating from James A. Garfield High School, East L.A. College, and Cal State L.A., where he earned a B.A. in Chicano Studies.  The son of the late legendary singer/songwriter Lalo Guerrero began performing at age 13 with his rock band Mark & the Escorts, who often shared the bill with storied eastside groups such as Cannibal & the Headhunters, The Premiers, The Blendells, and Thee Midniters.  His band was included on the album "West Coast Eastside Revue" along with the aforementioned groups and others.  Mark & the Escorts also recorded two 45 rpm singles in 1965 on GNP Crescendo Records, "Get Your Baby" and "Dance With Me."  (Mark & the Escorts live on since they've been included on five compilation CDs, featured or mentioned in seven books, and done reunion shows at garage rock/exotica and "Eastside Sound" events.)  Mark then led the East L.A. group The Men From S.O.U.N.D., who were very popular but never made a record.  In the late 60s, Mark led a band called Nineteen Eighty Four who recorded two singles, "Three's a Crowd" and "No Matter How Long It Takes" on Kapp Records, an MCA label.  At the age of 21 Mark wrote and recorded his first solo single called "Lila, Love Me Tonight" for legendary producer Lou Adler of the Mamas and the Papas and Carole King fame.  His recording career continued with two singles on Capitol Records as a solo artist in 1972, "Rock & Roll Queen" and "I'm Brown," and an album and single for A&M Records in 1973-74 with his group Tango, which was re-released on CD in Japan in 1990.

    Mark's "Pre-Columbian Dream" was recorded by Herb Alpert on the 1983 album "Noche de Amor" and his "Fernando, El Toro," a tribute to Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, was recorded by his father.  The latter song was used twenty years later on an ESPN documentary on Fernando called "Fernandomania."  The two Guerrero's collaborated on numerous songs recorded by the elder songwriter and Mark has written and performed songs featured in the television productions, "Murals of Aztlán," about L.A.'s Chicano muralists, and "L.A.: An Artist's View," which profiled L.A.'s artists for the city's bicentennial.  Both programs included segments on legendary Chicano artist, Carlos Almaraz.  In 1989, Mark recorded and co-produced an E.P. entitled "On The Boulevard," which was released on the Eastside Landmark label and contained four Mark Guerrero original songs.  In 1992, Mark wrote and performed tribute songs for the aforementioned Carlos Almaraz at the Bing Theater at the L.A. County Museum, and for his father, Lalo Guerrero, at his tribute concert at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California.  Other guests at the Guerrero event included Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, and Cesar Chavez.

    In 1994, Mark co-produced an album entitled "Fifties Flashback" with pioneer Chicano rocker Chan Romero, whose song "The Hippy Hippy Shake" can be heard on the Beatles' "Live at the BBC" album.  Mark has recorded with Harry Nilsson, backed rock & roll hall of famer Eric Burdon in a live concert, and participated on Los Lobos' 1994 Grammy nominated "Papa's Dream" L.P.  In 1998, he performed with his father and Tex Mex legend Flaco Jimenez at the Cite de la Musique in Paris, France, which was followed by a series of about a dozen concerts with Lalo between 1998 and 2000.  Highlights in this series of concerts included performances at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and in Lalo's hometown of Tucson, Arizona.  Two of Mark's recordings were included on the "Chicano Alliance" CD in 1998, which also includes tracks by Tierra, El Chicano, Malo, Little Joe, and others.  In 2002, Mark started a new band as a vehicle for his original material called Mark Guerrero & Radio Aztlán.  They performed at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, CA and The Hop in Puente Hills, CA on the bill with Malo and Tierra, as well as a concert at La Placita Village in Tucson, AZ.  In 2003, they performed again in Tucson and at the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles with Thee Midniters.  The latter concert was to publicize the then then upcoming documentary "Chicano Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles," in which Mark appears.  Since then Mark Guerrero & Radio Aztlán performed at venues such as the John Anson Ford Amphitheater, the Latin Oldies Festival at Arrowhead Stadium in San Bernardino, the Grand Ballroom of the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, AZ, the Fox Theater in Tucson, AZ, and the L.A. County Museum of Art.

     In 2003 and again in 2009 and 2010, Mark Guerrero performed as a member of the legendary Native American/Chicano band, Redbone of "Come and Get Your Love" fame.  In 2004, two of Mark's songs were recorded by legendary Chicano singers: "Oh Maria" by Trini Lopez and "Rockin' Like There's No Tomorrow" by Chan Romero.  Mark played lead guitar on the recordings of both songs.  In 2004 and 2006, Mark visited Liverpool, England and performed at several venues, including the legendary Cavern Club, with Liverpool musicians from the Beatle era, including Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes and members of Faron's Flamingos and the Undertakers.  In 2007, Mark performed with El Chicano at the Gibson Amphitheater in Studio City, CA on the bill with War, Tierra, Little Joe y La Familia, and Los Lobos for a benefit to help rebuild the auditorium for his alma mater Garfield High School in East Los Angeles.  In 2010 he played the same venue with El Chicano and at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

     Mark Guerrero is mentioned in "The Folk Music Sourcebook," published by Alfred A. Knopf (1976); "Barrio Rhythm" by Steven Loza, University of Illinois Press (1993), "Riot On the Sunset Strip" by Dominic Priore, Jawbone Press (2007), "Mexican-American Mojo" by Anthony Macias, Duke University Press (2008), and featured in "Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock & Roll From Los Angeles" by Tom Waldman and David Reyes, University of New Mexico Press (1998), and "Mexican-Americans In Los Angeles" by Alex Moreno Areyan, Arcadia Publishing (2010).  He's also featured in and wrote and compiled the discography for "Lalo, My Life and Music," by Lalo Guerrero and Sherilyn Meece Mentes, University of Arizona Press (2002).  Mark also hosts a popular website, www.markguerrero.com, which gives information on his music, as well as Chicano music in general.  The articles he's written on Chicano music artists have also appeared in various websites, newspapers, and magazines, including "Traditional Music Maker" in England.  Mark has spoken at colleges, museums, and other venues on Chicano music and wrote an entry on the same subject for the two volume "Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture," published by Greenwood Publishing Group (2004).  In 2006, Mark Guerrero hosted his own internet radio show called "Chicano Music Chronicles" on crnlive.com.  He did shows on Trini Lopez, Chan Romero, El Chicano, Tierra, and many others, with the artists in studio.  Mark was music supervisor and provided his song "The Ballad of Lalo Guerrero" for a documentary on his father called "Lalo Guerrero, the Original Chicano."  The documentary, produced by his brother Dan, aired on PBS in the fall of 2006.

     In 2007, Mark Guerrero was a consultant and served on the advisory board for the Experience Music Project, a major museum in Seattle, Washington.  Mark provided artifacts and interviewed a dozen Chicano musical artists for an exhibit at the museum called  "American Sabor: Latinos is U.S. Popular Music," which opened in October of 2007 and ran for several years on a tour of museums culminating at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.  The interviews are now a part of a permanent oral history archive at the Experience Music Project.  Mark was also interviewed for the archive.  In 2008-09, Mark's Capitol record "I'm Brown," along with his original lyric manuscript, were featured in the Grammy Museum in an exhibit called "Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom."  Mark appeared in the documentary "Chicano Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles," which premiered on PBS nationally in December of 2008.  He also performed and was a talent coordinator on a PBS special "Trini Lopez Presents Latin Music Legends," which aired in June of 2009.  Mark sang his dad's "Los Chucos Suaves" backed by Tierra on the show.  In February of 2009, Mark reunited his teenage band Mark & the Escorts to perform at "Blowout 2009" on a bill with 13 bands.  In April of 2009, Mark reunited his 70s band Tango to perform at East Los Angeles College for an event celebrating the new edition of the book "Land of a Thousand Dances" by David Reyes and Tom Waldman.

     In 2010, Mark performed concerts with the Cannibal & the Headhunters Band, Redbone, and his own Mark Guerrero band.  With the Cannibal & the Headhunters Band, Mark performed on a PBS special taped in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the bill with ? & the Mysterians, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Davey Jones of The Monkees, and others.  Also with the Headhunters he backed Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Terry Sylvester (Hollies), Dennis Tufano (Buckinghams), and Sonny Geraci (Outsiders, Climax) on a tour called Retrorock.  In 2009 Mark performed with Redbone in Sacramento, CA and in 2010 in El Paso, Texas.  Also, in 2010, Mark performed with his own band at Fiesta Days in Palm Springs, California on the bill with Malo, El Chicano, Tierra, and The Blazers.  He also performed solo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he did a concert consisting of Mark and Lalo Guerrero songs in tribute to his father.  In 2011, Mark & the Escorts reunited twice more to perform at the legendary Paramount Ballroom in East Los Angeles on the bill with The Premiers, Chan Romero, The Salas Brothers, and The Heartbreakers, and at Tiki Oasis, a garage rock/exotica event in San Diego, California.  The same year Mark performed his song "Whitewash," a song about the whitewashing of a mural by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1932, at an exhibit of the artists work at the Autry Center in Los Angeles. 

     In 2012, Mark performed as a special guest at a concert following the last night of the musical play "Evangeline, The Queen of Make Believe," which was co-written by Louie Perez of Los Lobos.  Mark also performed on the bill with Salvador Santana, the son of Carlos Santana, in East Los Angeles and performed his song "The Ballad of Carlos Almaraz" at an exhibit of the late artist's work at the Vincent Price Museum at East Los Angeles College.  Mark also did three videos of his songs directed by Chicano filmmaker/activist Jesus Treviño.  In 2013, Mark did two more reunion shows with Mark & the Escorts, one at "Blowout 2013" in Burbank, CA and at a benefit for Norton Records at the Echo in Los Angeles.  Mark also did lecture/performances in tribute to his father at Arte Americas in Fresno, CA and at the Nile in Bakersfield, CA.  He also performed at a tribute to Ritchie Valens in Santa Fe Springs.  In December 2013, Mark performed an acoustic and electric set at his alma mater Cal State Los Angeles.  In 2014, Mark did lecture/performances at Cal State San Bernardino and Ohio State University.  He was also prominently featured in the books "Turn Up the Radio: Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972" and "It Was Twenty Years Ago: The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood," both by Harvey Kubernik.  In 2015, Mark was interviewed in Delano, CA for a documentary on the relationship of music and the farmworker's movement of Cesar Chavez in the 1960s; Taught a class on the history of The Beatles for the Osher Program at Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert campus; His internet radio show, "Chicano Music Chronicles" was brought back; and  Mark was quoted in "Neil Young- Heart of Gold" by Harvey Kubernik.  In 2016, Mark performed backed by Los Nawdy Dawgs at "Lalopalooza" in Tucson, Arizona commemorating the 100th anniversay of his father's life.  Ry Cooder, Ersi Arvisu, and others performed.  Mark also began work with Piero Giunti on a photo/video history project called "A Great Day In East L.A."

     In 2017, Mark did a presentation of "The History Of Chicano Rock" at Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert campus.  He also participated in a panel discussion for the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies conference in Irvine, California on Chicano music in East L.A. in the 1960s and the effect the war in Viet Nam had on the music scene.  He also contributed four pages to the book "Come and Get Your Love- a Celebratory Ode to Redbone" by Pat Vegas where he recounts his experience playing with the band and gives his opinion of their importance and place in rock history.  Mark also contributed a piece to the book "Playing with Fire- The Paintings of Carlos Almaraz."  Also, Mark's first recording "Get Your Baby" with his teenage band Mark & the Escorts appeared in a major motion picture, "Logan Lucky," starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, and Katie Holmes, directed by Steven Soderbergh.

     In 2018, Mark made four videos with videographer Tony Reyes.  All four songs were from Mark's '60s and 70s catalog.  Mark and Chan Romero went to Liverpool, England (Mark's 3rd trip there), where they performed in four venues in three nights, did a BBC Merseyside radio show, and participated in a panel discussion/performance at the British Music Experience museum.  Mark contributed to three books; "King Kong Pete," about Redbone's original drummer Pete DePoe, "The Doors: Summer's Gone" by Harvey Kubernik, and "Long Promised Road: Carl Wilson, Soul of the Beach Boys by Kent Crowley.  In 2019, Mark taught a class, "The History of The Beatles," for the second time at Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert campus.  The students of Shadow Ridge School in Hisperia, CA illustrated a book based on the lyrics of a Mark Guerrero song, "Face and Heart," a song about the Aztecs teaching of their young.  Mark continues to work on the "A Great Day In East L.A." project and do his radio show, "Chicano Music Chronicles," which is now a podcast on Mark Guerrero Radio at markguerrero.podbean.com.  Some of his recent guests include Louie Perez of Los Lobos, Lonnie Jordan of War, Pat Vegas of Redbone, and Chris Montez.

     In 2019, Mark was interviewed about the "Eastside Sound" at the Boyle Heights Arts & History Studios in East Los Angeles, the Lyceum Theater in San Diego at an event preceeding a performance of the musical play "33 1/3 House of Dreams," which is the story of legendary Gold Star Studios and the hit music that was recorded there, and at the headquarters of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) about his career and East L.A. and Chicano rock history.  Mark also started a second radio show on Mark Guerrero Radio at markguerrero.podbean.com called "Rock Doc Chronicles" on which his guests so far have been folk music legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot and British rocker Terry Reid.  Mark's currently performing solo, with the Mark Guerrero Band, and continuing to do lecture/performances at universities and other venues.

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