Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Los Lobos
Song:La Pistola Y El Corazon
Album:Just Another Band From East L.A.:A Collection
Though Los Lobos is best known for their version of the Richie Valens song La Bamba on the La Bamba film soundtrack, they're much more interesting than that one song. The group was formed in Los Angeles in the mid-70s. Members are David Hidalgo (born Oct. 6, 1954 in Los Angeles), Louie Perez (born Jan. 29, 1953 in Los Angeles), Cesar Rosas (born Sept. 26, 1954 in Hermosillo, Mexico), Conrad Lozano (born Mar. 21, 1951 in Los Angeles) & Steve Berlin (born Sept. 14 1955 in Philadelphia). Los Lobos played clubs in LA and self released recordings in 1978 and 1983. The 1983 EP got the attention of producer T-Bone Burnett and he got them a deal with Warner Bros. Their 1984 debut album How Will The Wolf Survive? got a lot of critical acclaim with its mix of rock, blues & traditional Mexican music. But it's likely that Los Lobos wouldn't have lasted on a major label very long if they hadn't had a #1 pop hit with La Bamba in 1987. They followed this with the 1988 album La Pistola Y El Corazon, an album of traditional Mexican music sung in Spanish. They've experimented with other types of music too but they have enough of a fanbase that they don't need to chase the charts. They're all excellent musicians and very entertaining. This 1993 2CD comp is a good overview of their career. Los Lobos left Warner Bros. in 1996 and after working on side projects like the Latin Playboys, They reformed and signed with Hollywood Records. Their most recent CD The Town And The City was released in 2006. Los Lobos are still making great music and are a very popular live act. Here's Los Lobos performing La Pistola Y El Corazon in San Antonio 1988.