Vocalist/guitarist David Hidalgo and drummer Louie Pérez met at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, and bonded over their mutual affinity for obscure musical acts such as Fairport Convention, Randy Newman and Ry Cooder. Pérez recalls, “We’re looking at each other, ‘You like this stuff? I thought I was the only weird one.’ So I went over to his house one day for about a year, which we spent listening to records, playing guitars, and starting to write songs.” The two borrowed reel-to-reel recorders from a friend and created multi-track recordings of music spanning from parody songs to free-form jazz. They later enlisted fellow students Cesar Rosas and Conrad Lozano to complete the group’s line-up in 1973.
Formed in the late 1970’s, band members Dave Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas, Steve Berlin, Louie Pérez and Conrad Lozano became the bellwether for Mexican-American music in the U.S. when they recorded the music for “La Bamba” in 1987, which added popular acclaim to the critical praise they had received for their 1984 album “How Will the Wolf Survive?”.
They have since become one of the mainstays of the Latin music scene as well as rock music in general, staying together through over 20 albums, and for almost three decades, through changing music climate and personal tragedies, they’ve continued cranking out albums and touring to dedicated fans.
Edited by E-Clect-Eddy on 23 Apr 2012, 18:22
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