Volume 1: 1956-1965

Rhino RNLP 061

When Ritchie Valens recorded "La Bamba" in 1958, he not only made a great record, he created a musical sound and scene that continues to flourish. Inspired by Valens' example, other Latino musicians picked up on his style of mixing traditional Latin rhythms with R&B.

This album spotlights the early "East L.A." sound, including chart toppers by The Premiers, Thee Midnighters, Cannibal & The Headhunters and Chan Romero.


La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero
Lonely Lonely Nights - Lil' Julian Herrera (1956)
La La La La - The Blendells
That's All - Thee Midnighters
Queen of My Heart - Rene and Ray
I Want To Do The Jerk - Ronnie & The Pomona Casuals
Donna - Ritchie Valens

Whittier Blvd. - Thee Midnighters
Darling (Please Bring Your Love)- The Salas Brothers
I Who Have Nothing - Lil' Ray
Farmer John - The Premiers
My Heart Cries - The Romancers
Tonight - The Carlos Brothers
You've Broken My Heart - The Velveteens
Land of a Thousand Dances (extended version) - Cannibal and the Headhunters

Vinyl is VG++. Jacket is VG+ with light wear, has a 1/2" cutout upper left.

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