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An East L.A Mexican-American band who started out on the circuit as the V.I.P.’s in the late 60s, El Chicano signed to Kapp Records and had a Billboard top 40 instrumental hit in 1970 with a Latin Rock reworking of Gerald Wilson’s Viva Tirado. While they've had numerous lineup changes through the decades, the initial band members in their early heyday included the late Bobby Espinosa (keyboards/vocals), Mickey Lespron (guitar/vocals), Freddie Sanchez… read more

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  • Their music is the same quality as Santana | Carlos Santana | Devadip Carlos Santana etc. >> Hats off !!!
  • Some good ol' Chicano Soul to get the day going.
  • Just found an old old vinyl in my house and listened for the first time at youtube. "Celebration" the name of the song. I'm amazed
  • I'm sure, I was born at the wrong time. El Chicano es really great.
  • under-rated :(
  • looks like he died long before two days ago, a local radio station was playing a dedication to him all day. i figured it had just happened. great discovery none the less. -E
  • learned of Bobby Espinoza two days ago...just after his death. rest In peace. Discovered a cd of thiers in my collection today. Never even knew i had it. Giving it a spin now. -E
  • I love it when Chong asks Cheech what kind of music his band plays and Cheech says "you know, a little bit of everything...from Santana to El Chicano!"
  • Bobby Espinosa R.I.P, legendary organ riffs.....missed.....
  • Great band. Too bad Bobby Espinosa died yesterday. RIP.

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