I have a few of those and Los Lobos is high on the list. The group began in the late s, a quartet of Mexican-Americans Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo both guitarists and vocalists, though Hidalgo also plays violin, accordion, lap steel and other things , bassist Conrad Lozano and drummer Louie Perez. Saxophonist and keyboardist Steve Berlin, the one gringo in the band, was gradually brought into the fold, becoming a full member in the mids. Having that kind of stability and longevity is unusual, especially for a group unlike U2, for example that is not making gobs of money. For example, although the bulk of their songs are co-written by Hidalgo and Perez with Rosas writing a significant number as well all five take equal shares of the publishing proceeds. That is only appropriate, since songwriting is the foundation of their sound. These guys have managed to churn out dozens and dozens of excellent songs over a long period of time. Note that, unlike most of my Top 10 lists, this one is in chronological order as opposed to descending order of preference. Without any further ado. This was my first Los Lobos album and their first to be widely released, and their first mostly sung in English.
Founding members Louie Perez, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, and Cesar Rosas, along with subsequent member Steve Berlin, have continued to elevate music by pushing the bar and bringing music of the past to new fans, all in the same breath. This same line-up has remained intact since , a testament to their dedication to the one thing that keeps them going strong; the music. Citing influences like Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, and Aretha Franklin, the neighborhood friends began picking up instruments and aspiring to be rock and roll musicians. King, and Robert Plant. Beyond the Grammy awards and millions of albums that this legendary group has sold, lies the most important legacy of the band, and that is their gift and appreciation for music. They pulled out of their June performance and issued this statement on their website www. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino.
The band gained international stardom in , when their cover version of Ritchie Valens ' " La Bamba " topped the charts in the U. In , they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I thought I was the only weird one.
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