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Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck: Los Lobos

Marty McFly and Doc Brown had the Delorean to go travel through time; We have the Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck. Every week, we’ll hop in our time traveling machine, gun it to 88 MPH, and go back in time to bring you the best from the good ol’ days. Will it be a clip from an old telenovela? An old school music video? Stick around and find out!

By Jack Tomas

A lot of people have this idea that rock and roll is something only White people can do. Besides the fact that rock and roll was invented by Black people, this idea is just wrong. We’ve written before about rock pioneers like Ritchie Valens, Carlos Santana, and Slayer. So, clearly that’s BS. One of the best and longest lasting Latino rock acts came out of the mean streets of East LA in the 80’s to show the record industry that brown can rock. We’re talking about Los Lobos.

Los Lobos was put together in the late 70’s by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist/genius David Hidalgo. The guys knew each other from around East LA and shared a love of rock and blues. They created a unique sound that you can recognize anywhere. There are elements of Tejano, rock, blues, folk, and traditional Mexican styles. There big break came in 1984 when they released “How Will The Wolf Survive?”, which was a hit with critics. Their song, “One Time, One Night” was later featured in the movie “Colors”. In fact, Los Lobos have appeared on several soundtracks including “Desperado”, “I’m Not There”, and “La Bamba”. Their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” was a colossal hit. I remember that it was on every time I turned on the radio as a kid. In the movie, it’s Hidalgo’s voice that comes out of Ritchie’s mouth, because Lou Diamond Phillips can’t sing.

The guys are still around and kickin’ La Easta style. They just finished a tour with Eric Clapton and Los Lonely Boys. The guys have also won 3 Grammy awards, one for the theme to “Desperado”. Right now, David Hidalgo is working on a “Latin music” album with the great Bob Dylan, which should be…interesting.

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