is a 2017 movie starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam
Driver, Katie Holmes, Seth McFarlane, Hillary Swank, and Dwight
Yokum. My first teenage band, Mark & the Escorts, made a
record in 1965 called "Get Your Baby," which was released on the
GNP Crescendo label. Fifty two years later, our recording
appears in its entirety in a scene in the movie. It's also
on the soundtrack CD, along with Creedence Clearwater Revival,
Bo Diddley, Dr. John, John Denver, and Leann Rimes.
Movie Soundtrack CD (2017)
"Chavez Ravine" is a magnificent CD by the legendary guitarist/producer
released in 2005 on the Nonesuch/Perro Verde record label.
It contains songs
and/or vocal performances by Ry Cooder, Lalo Guerrero, Little
Willie G. (of Thee Midniters fame), Ersi Arvisu (of The Sisters
& El Chicano fame), Rudy Salas (of Tierra fame), David
Hidalgo of Los Lobos, and Don Tosti, among others. The
CD's theme involves the destruction of the barrio of Chavez
Ravine to build Dodger Stadium in the early 60s. The
songs are in English, Spanish, and some are bi-lingual.
Pachuco slang, or Caló, is also used throughout. Hopefully
this CD will do for Chicano music what Cooder's "Buena
Vista Social Club" did for Cuban music and some of it's
"Ry Cooder (2005)
"San Patricio" (Spanish for St. Patrick) is a collaboration by
legendary Irish group The Chieftans and Ry Cooder, joined by
various guest artists. The recording commemorates a
little-known connection between Mexicans and the Irish. During
the Mexican-American War of the 1840s, a group of disaffected
Irish-American conscripts led by Capt. John Riley crossed the
border to fight with the Mexicans. Riley put together a
battalion named the "San Patricio," deserted the U.S. Army and
joined the Mexicans to fight on what he saw as the side of
justice. The Chieftains' album features a long list of
guest artists, including narration by Irish-born actor Liam
Neeson of a poem in tribute to the San Patricios.
"Ry Cooder (2005)
is the latest CD by the Delgado Brothers. It's another
collection of excellent original songs. As I mentioned
regarding their previous album below, they're a great band whose
style has elements of blues, Latin, and r&b mixed in for good
measure. This band is the real deal and you can't go wrong
with any of their releases. Be sure to check out their
latest, "Two Trains." For more information on the Delgado
Brothers visit their website:
The Delgado Brothers (2018)
"Learn To Fly" is a CD from East L.A.'s
Delgado Brothers on their own label, Bell Asher. They're
a great band whose style has elements of blues, Latin, and
r&b mixed in for good measure. Their songs are strong
and have excellent arrangements, many with a great horn section.
My favorite cuts are the title track "Learn To Fly,"
which is bluesy with a distinctly Latin groove, and "Oh
Brother," a soulful song written and sung from one brother
to another. For more information on the Delgado Brothers
visit their website:
"Learn To Fly"
The Delgado Brothers (2009)
"A Brother's Dream" is a CD by East L.A.'s Delgado
Brothers on their own label, Bell Asher Records. They're
a great blues band, the real deal. Bassist Bobby Delgado
goes back to the East L.A. music scene of the 1960s when he
was a member of The Exotics, who also featured brother Danny
Delgado who's not with the Delgado Brothers band. The
Exotics were one of my 60s band's (Mark & the Escorts)
fiercest rivals, but the rivalry was good for both bands.
In the same era, brother Eddie Delgado was bassist for popular
East L.A. band, The Ambertones. The Delgado Brothers
Band features the aforementioned Bobby, and younger Delgados,
Joey Delgado on lead vocals and lead guitar, and Steve Delgado
on lead vocals and drums. Ray Solis on congas &
percussion and Dave Kelley on keyboards, round out the band's
lineup. The Delgado Brothers have played blues festivals
all over the country on the bill with such blues greats as
Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and John Mayall, who has recorded a
couple of Delgado Brothers songs. These guys have first
rate vocals and are great players. All songs are originals
and cover lots of different grooves and styles. For
example, their song "Picture of You" is not a blues,
but a melodic ballad with a conga driven groove with an acoustic
guitar in the mix. "Jennie" is another such
example. Another highlight is "Talk To My Friend,"
a gospel -style song written for a departed friend.
The Delgado Brothers are a real blues band as most of the
tracks on this CD will demonstrate, but some of their music
isn't really blues based. They're simply a great band
with some excellent songs. These guys are excellent
songwriters. I highly recommend this band and their
CD. They have a couple of previous CDs available also.
For more info, visit
"A Brother's Dream"
Delgado Brothers (2003)
to go to the Delgado Brothers store at amazon.com
"Naked Lunch"- Naked Lunch was a San Francisco band in 1969. They
were a funky horn band with Latin and psychedelic overtones
who held their own on stage with Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs,
Elvin Bishop and other top artists of the era. This
CD collection features seven "live" tracks recorded
at two different venues in the Bay area in 1969. Also
included are four tracks recorded in 1972 by Banda de Jesus,
which featured three former members of Naked Lunch.
What makes this CD particularly special and important, aside
from the great music they created, is that Naked Lunch members
Abel Zarate (guitar), Roy Murray (trumpet), and Richard Spremich
(drums) were founding members of Malo in 1970 and were major
contributors to the success of Malo's first album and their
mega hit, "Suavecito." It comes with a booklet
that features lots of photos and a detailed history of Naked
Lunch written by Jose Sierra. It's about time Zarate,
Murray, and Spremich and Naked Lunch as a whole received the
recognition they so richly deserve. You can buy the
Naked Lunch (2009)
"Friend For Life" is a CD released
on Anti Records by "Eastside Sound" veteran vocalist, Ersi Arvizu. Ersi was one of the singers in The Sisters,
a popular female vocal trio in East Los Angeles in the '60s.
In 1970, Ersi was lead vocalist for El Chicano, with whom
she recorded their classic version of "Sabor a Mi."
This collection of songs in Spanish and English, mostly written
by Ersi, is produced by the legendary musician/producer, Ry
"Friend For Life"
Ersi Arvizu (2008)
is a CD by Max Baca's band,
Los Texmaniacs. Max is a very talented musician who
has worked with Flaco Jimenez, The Texas Tornados, and The
Rolling Stones. This collection of songs includes a
great cover of the Sir Douglas Quartet's classic "Rain
Rain." Their music is Tex Mex and conjunto, with
some blues, r&b, and Texas rock influence in the mix.
Their new CD also has guest artists Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers,
Ruben Ramos, and Los Lobos. For more info on the band
and their new cd visit
Los Texmaniacs (2008)
to go to Los Texmamiacs store at amazon.com
Rock En Español, Vol. 1- a CD produced by Cesar Rosas
of Los Lobos on Yep Roc Records. On this CD, Los Straitjackets
(from Tennessee) are backing Chicano singers Big Sandy, Cesar
Rosas, and Little Willie G. on a collection of classic cover
tunes including Spanish versions of The Kinks' "All Day
and All of the Night," The McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy,"
Larry Williams' "Slow Down," The Troggs' "Wild
Thing," and others. There's also an instrumental
cover of Thee Midniters' "Whittier Boulevard."
Some clever and amusing liner notes are written by Los Lobos'
Louie Perez. I suspect Louie's referring to my dad,
Lalo Guerrero, in his liner notes as "some Mexican
dude singing a song about some little bitty bikini in
Spanish." My dad had a record in the early 60s
called "La Bikini de Mi Tia Trini," based on the
mainstream hit "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot
Bikini." You can purchase the CD at amazon.com
at the link below.
"Rock En Espaņol, Vol. 1"
Los Straitjackets (2007)
"In Thee Midnite Hour" is a compilation
CD and vinyl album released by Norton Records. It's
a collection of recordings that reflect the rockin' side of
East L.A.'s most popular band of the 60s. It's well
known that Thee Midniters' lead vocalist, Little Willie G.,
is perhaps best known for his ability to sing romantic ballads
with the best of them. This collection shows that Little
Willie G. & Thee Midniters could rock too. It includes
their classic "Whittier Boulevard," "Jump,
Jive, and Harmonize," "Love Special Delivery,"
and "Land of a Thousand Dances." Also in the
collection are covers of Barrett Stong's "Money,"
The Rolling Stones' "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,"
and "Devil With a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly."
My favorite cut on the album is "Never Knew I Had It
So Bad," which is a Midniter original that typifies the
mid-60s rock era. "In Thee Midnite Hour" is
packed with 19 exciting recordings from the golden age of
Thee Midniters. I was pleased to provide images of the
1960s Eastside flyers used in the CD booklet. The flyers
I had saved were to promote the dances and shows where my
bands of the period, Mark & the Escorts and The Men from
S.O.U.N.D., performed on the bill with Thee Midniters.
The CD is available on amazon.com at the link below or
"In Thee Midnite
Thee Midniters (2006)
"Salas" is a CD by former, and once again,
lead vocalist and guitarist for El Chicano. I would
describe the style of the music as r&b and rock, with
some Latin overtones. Jerry is joined by his two daughters
Sara and Amanda on this album and, like their dad, they can
sing! They sing excellent background vocals throughout
the album and Sara steps out front on one of her dad's compositions
"Best of Your Life" and tears it up. The album
is produced by Jerry Salas and John Avila, the former bassist
for Oingo Boingo. With the exception of one song, Jerry
wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the CD. Highlights
for me are the previously mentioned "Best of Your Life,"
a Billy Joel-style song called "Everything I Feel,"
and a great reggae song called "Shut Up."
For more information on Jerry and the CD, visit
Jerry Salas (2006)
East L.A. Rockin' the Barrio (compilation)
A compilation of "Eastside
Sound" recordings on the Varese Sarabande label with
tracks by artists such as Cannibal & the Headhunters,
The Premiers, The Blendells, The Romancers, The Salas Brothers,
The Village Callers, and Little Willie G. For more information
and to order visit
"East L.A.- Rockin' the Barrio"
to Cafe East L.A." is a CD by Tierra produced
by the leader of the band, Rudy Salas. It's a return
to their r&b roots, with some Latin grooves added for
good measure. The title track is a Pachuco swing song
that starts the CD off with a bang. My favorite tracks
are the Latin-styled "Ojos Negros" and "Oh
God (Save Us From Ourselves)," which I would describe
as gospel funk. Rudy Salas provides an excellent lead
vocal on the latter song. Chief vocalist Bill Mondragon
is a fine young singer who handles all the other lead vocals.
There's also an instrumental, "Marrano Beach Mambo,"
and a rap song, "My Chiquita," featuring Mr. Capone.
For more info on the CD visit Tierra's website,
"Welcome To Cafe East L.A."
to go to the Tierra store at amazon.com
Best of El Chicano" was released, October 4, 2004, on
Geffen Records. It's part of the prestigious "20th
Century Masters- The Millennium Collection" series.
The collection has El Chicano's best and most popular recordings
including "Viva Tirado," "Brown-Eyed Girl,"
"Tell Her She's Lovely," "Sabor a Mi,"
and my favorite, "Gringo En Mexico." All the
tracks were recorded during El Chicano's prime years, 1970-74.
This CD is a must for any Chicano music collection.
For more info visit El Chicano's
"The Best of El Chicano"
El Chicano (2004)
here to go to the El Chicano store at amazon.com
educator Jaime Escalante (compilation)
"Stand and Deliver"-
A CD, compiled and released by East L.A.'s legendary
singer Little Ray Jimenez, aka Monchie Jimenez, features tracks
by The Delgado Brothers, Chico, Steve Salas, Geree Gonzalez,
Elijah, Chan Romero, yours truly, and other Chicano and Eastside
luminaries. Proceeds go to the legendary Garfield High
School teacher who was portrayed in the motion picture "Stand
and Deliver" by Edward James Olmos. Escalante, who taught
and inspired a generation of students in East L.A., was very ill
and facing mounting medical bills at the time of the CD's
release. Jaime Escalante passed away on March 30, 2010.
This CD will be a lasting musical tribute to Escalante who
taught calculus at my alma mater, Garfield High School from 1974
to 1991. For more info contact
Vista Entertainment at (323) 888-9884 or
"Stand and Deliver"
Various Artists (2010)
is a CD by Manzo Rally, a band led by Malo guitarist Gabriel
Manzo. Gabriel is an excellent lead guitarist and lead
vocalist, who provides some of the lead vocals. He also
wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album.
Sergio Diaz provides some strong lead vocals on the majority of
the songs. Gabriel's wife, Dawn Livingston Manzo,
contributes to the album as an engineer, keyboardist, and
sometimes co-writer. Gabriel's a lucky man! Most of
the songs have a Latin groove, with the exception of
"Something's Coming," which is hard rock bordering on heavy
metal. It's got a nasty guitar riff, a strong rock lead
vocal, and some nice harmonies. The song made me smile, it
rocks! Other favorites are "Dolores Huerta," a montuno about the
great UFW leader and cultural icon; "Don't Come Cryin'," a Latin
rock song with some nice changes and harmonies in the choruses;
and "Set My People Free," an acoustic guitar song sung by
Gabriel and inspired by an experience he had at the Mexican
border seeing a child and the poverty in which he lived.
"Give Love" is a great album with some strong songs and
excellent musicianship. I highly recommend it.
Manzo Rally (2013)
Los Nawdy Dogs
is a CD by Los Nawdy Dawgs of Tucson Arizona. It's an
album dedicated to my father, Lalo Guerrero who was born and
raised in Tucson, hence the title "Lalo's Town." They do unique versions of three of my
dad's songs on the album, "Los Chucos Suaves," "Tin Marin de do Pingue," and
"Marijuana Boogie." The band does my dad's songs
in their own style, putting a different spin on them. They
do "Los Chucos Suaves" with a two-beat rock drum part behind the
familiar Latin bass line to give the song a rock groove while
keeping the usual cumbia-like feel. They start "Tin Marin
de do Pingue," which they call "El Tin Marin" with a slow swing
beat and walking bass line and before falling into the familiar
up-tempo swing beat of the original version. "Marijuana
Boogie" is done as an up-tempo rock shuffle as opposed to the
original slower swing groove. They also wrote their own
version of my dad's "There's No Tortillas" putting their own
lyric to the melody of "O Sole Mio," becoming "Where's My
Tamales." All the rest of the songs, with the
exception of a traditional song, were written or co-written by
band leader George Landa. Los Nawdy Dawgs can play and
their style encompasses rock, Latin, and a touch of Tex-Mex.
Some of the songs such as "Tranza Town," "Guero Canelo Special,"
and the aforementioned "Where's My Tamales" show the band has a
fun and humorous side. I got a particular kick out of "Tranza
Town," which includes sections which are inspired by The Beatles
"Yellow Submarine." The cover of the CD features the three
Nawdy Dawgs crossing the street in front of Tucson's Fox
Theater, a la The Beatles' Abbey Road cover, led by an 18 year
old Lalo Guerrero. Los Nawdy Dawgs are a fun and creative
Chicano band. Take a trip to "Lalo's Town." You'll
have a good time.
Los Nawdy Dawgs (2013)
"Copas Con El Diablo" is
release by the Tucson-based band who describes itself
on its my space page as "South of the Border Pulp
Fiction Latin Blues Rock." That's a good description
since the songs on this CD includes Latin, blues, and
rock with a hard edge. Virtually all the lyrics
are in Spanish, even on the bluesy title track.
This collection includes "Hey Lupe," which is
a Spanish version of "Hang On Sloopy."
However, the vast majority of songs are written by members
of the band, mainly Jorge Landa. They also sent
me a demo of a recording they did of my dad's classic
song "Los Chucos Suaves." Their version
is very different than others I've heard because they
use a hard 2-beat, rather than the more usual Latin cumbia-style
beat. I assume it will be on a future CD.
For more info on "Los Nawdy Dawgs" go to
"Copas Con El
Los Nawdy Dawgs (2009)
Hear Voices" is a CD by singer/songwriter Alan O'Day.
Alan, who grew up in Indio, California, had a number one hit
as a solo artist in 1977 with "Undercover Angel."
He also had hits writing for others such as "Angie
Baby" by Helen Reddy and "Rock & Roll Heaven"
by the Righteous Brothers, which he co-wrote. His new
CD spans many styles including rock, blues, country pop and
what he describes as "uplifting spiritual songs."
My favorites are a rocker called "My Rock & Roll
Shoes," the funky "Things That Are Lost," and
the melodic "Please Don't Believe Me." This
collection of songs show his great songwriting ability and
his vocals are excellent, particularly on "Please Don't
Believe Me," on which his voice is silky smooth while
cleanly reaching some impressively high notes. For more
info visit alanoday.com.
"I Hear Voices" is available at amazon.com on the
"I Hear Voices"
Alan O'Day (2008)
to go to the Alan O'Day store at amazon.com
"Romantic & Sexy Guitars"
release from Tri-Lo Productions. It's got 14 tracks
including new versions of "Una Paloma Blanca," "Memories
Are Made of This," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow,"
and "If I Were a Carpenter." Most of the album
is Trini playing various acoustic and/or electric guitars,
percussion, and singing various parts. This technique
works great and Trini is in excellent voice. The only
song that has a full band production is my song, "Oh
Maria." I provided the track and also played lead
guitar. The CD is currently available at amazon.com
at the link below and at
"Romantic & Sexy Guitars" Trini Lopez
to go to the Trini Lopez store at amazon.com
The best Redbone compilation
ever has been released by Sony Records on their Legacy label.
"The Essential Redbone" has 14 of the best songs
Redbone recorded in the early 70s, including their hits "Maggie,"
"The Witch Queen of New Orleans," and their mega
hit "Come and Get Your Love." The recordings
have been digitally re-mastered and sound better than ever!
Pete DePoe, Redbone's original drummer, sent me a copy and
tells me Redbone will soon be out on the road again. You can order "The Essential
Redbone at amazon.com from the link below.
"The Essential Redbone" Redbone (2003)
to go to the Redbone store at amazon.com
Carmen has a great CD out called "Lovers
& Legends," which she describes as "ballads
of heroes, bandits, causes, and lovers." Her voice
is as great as ever and her songwriting continues to evolve
to new heights. Some of the highlights of the album
are "The Battle of Cinco de Mayo," which chronicles
the history of the legendary event in Mexican history; "You'll
Always Have Sabor a Mi," an English language version
of the classic Mexican bolero; a sexy, bluesy song called
"Working Man's Woman;" the beautiful and jazzy "Ellen's
Song;" a cover of Jack Hanna's "Ballad of Joaquin
Murrieta;" and a beautiful Spanish/English version of
"America O' Bella/America the Beautiful."
This and other Carmencristina Moreno CDs are available at
amazon.com at the link below and on her website,
"Lovers & Legends" Carmencristina
a CD released in 2002 on Arhoolie
Records, which features the pachuco music of Don Tosti.
Also included are pachuco recordings by Lalo Guerrero and
others. Read about it on my article about Don Tosti
entitled "Don Tosti: Master of
Music" and order the CD at amazon.com at the link
below or from ArhoolieRecords.
Don Tosti/Lalo Guerrero/others (2002)
an album released in 1996 on the Dionysus
label on CD. Some of the East L.A. bands and vocalists
featured include The Mixtures, The Premiers, The Romancers,
The Blendells, The Jaguars, The Salas Brothers, The Atlantics,
and Cannibal & the Headhunters. The CD is available
and at the link below on amazon.com.
"East Side Sound 1959-1968
Various Artists (1996)
Sound, Volume 2, Featuring Mark & the Escorts" (compilation)
an album released in 2000 on the Dionysus label on CD and
vinyl entitled "Eastside Sound, Vol. 2, Featuring Mark
& the Escorts." Mark & the Escorts was
my teenage band from 1963 to '66. We recorded four sides for
Crescendo Records in 1965. The songs are reissued on
this compilation album. (We're on the cover and I wrote
the liner notes). Other artists on the collection are
the Blendells, the Premiers, and others. It's available
at Tower Records, Virgin Superstores, etc., or can be ordered
at your local record store. On the internet you can
get it on my website on the
Guerrero Recordings page or go to
Once there, click on "Online Store" and then you
can find it on CD on the "Bacchus Archives CD" link
on the menu and the vinyl album on the "Bacchus Archives
LP" link. Click
to read my liner notes for the album.
"Eastside Sound, Vol. 2"
Mark & the Escorts / others (2000)
a 13 CD Anthology
of 60s US-Punk Garage Psych Box
Set with 13 Discs released by Past & Present Records
in the United Kingdom. My first official recording
is included on Disk 1, "Get Your Baby" by Mark
& the Escorts (1965). Also included in the set
are recordings by artists who were well known in the 60s
such as ? & the Mysterions, The Knickerbockers, The
Seeds, Johnny Winter, The Standells, Mark IV, Rising Sons,
and Music Machine. The other artists included weren't
so well known, but have that exciting punk garage sound
that is a genre which has become more and more appreciated
and recognized with time as a precursor to the punk movement.
The collection is available at amazon.com at the link
The Complete Series: Volumes 1-13 (2007)
On the Lookout" is a CD by veteran East L.A. band
APB, led by drummer extraordinaire Aaron Ballesteros.
Aaron has played with classic Eastside bands Tierra, Thee Midniters, and Los Lobos, as well as Latin giants such as
Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, and Willie Bobo. Aaron
wrote most of the songs on this collection and sings lead
on several of them. Also on lead vocals is Gilbert
Stokes, who is a first rate vocalist. The band is
rounded out by guitarist Dennis Alvarez and bassist Steve
Falomir of Tierra. Guest artists on the CD include
Poncho Sanchez, Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, guitarist Bob
Robles of Thee Midniters, and others. Highlights include
the title track "Be On the Lookout," an excellent
reggae song, the clever and humorous "Oranges,"
a political anthem ("Huelga"), the musically sophisticated
"Freedom Jazz Rap," and a ballad called "For
the Rest of My Life." There are also solid cover
versions of "How Long" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole
Lotta Love." Included with the CD is a DVD of
the song "Huelga."
"Be On the Lookout!"
Frankie Firme (compilation)
"16 Golden Treasures from the Vaults of Rampart Records"-
an eclectic compilation of classic "Eastside Sound,"
r&b, and tex mex recordings from the Rampart Records
group of record labels founded by the late Eddie Davis.
Some of the artists included in the collection are The Heartbreakers,
Little Ray Jimenez, The Salas Brothers with the Jaguars,
The Romancers, and The Atlantics featuring Barry White.
It's very well-packaged with a booklet filled with vintage
photos and information on the artists and recordings.
The CD is available at amazon.com at the link below.
to order CD at EastLARevue.com.