Thursday, June 16, 2005

Thee Midniters !

These eight Chicano multi-instrumentalists from East Los Angeles had a local top ten hit with the cruising anthem, "Whittier Blvd" (inspired by the Rolling Stones' "2120 South Michigan Boulevard" and still popular in the area today) in 1965, that included several trademark aspects that set them apart from other bands of the era, particularly the use of brass instruments and a maniacal hyena-ish laugh.
Much of their repertoire featured driving, slightly punkish rock/R&B, yet lead singer Willie Garcia also had a heartbreaking delivery on slow and steamy ballads.

Thee Midniters - Jump, Jive And Harmonize

Thee Midniters - Whittier Blvd


Blogger Fire of lovE said...

Willie G are also on the new Ry Cooder record Chaves Ravine doing vocals.

2:22 PM  
Blogger guapo said...

I love thee Midniters. In fact I was gonna post some myself. Oh well, I won`t worry now! Thank you!

1:06 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Fire-Just bought the cd for my dad!
Barfy-Thanx, that's the spirit !

12:30 PM  
Blogger Chris Oliver said...

I'd never heard of these guys until I moved to L.A., but they have a HUGE following out here. Great stuff.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Mario Silva said...

I've been a fan of their music for over 40 years, and am glad that Willie, Jimmy, Romeo and Larry are back together again sharing their talents again with us. Hopefully this time around they'll reach a larger audience as they deserve to. The first records I ever bought (at age 19) were their first album and a 45 of "Sad Girl". My all-time favorite recording is "That's All". They still sound great, and I hope more people than ever will get to see and hear them.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks Mario !
I'm looking for 'Love Special Delivery' (originally by Fire Escape).
Any chance to catch it? Thanks !

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thee midniters are awesome. i am so sad i had never heard of them until i was browsing in a record store one day. truly a gem lost in time.

2:02 AM  
Blogger MoreRoom said...


This is Eddie Jr. from MoreRoom Productions searching for those out here on the internet who LOVE THEM OLDIES!

I have found that YouTube has been a meeting place for those who search for them Firme Oldie Rolas and go 1isten to bring back those memories, que no? Well I am sharing to let you know that one of those Legendary Latin Oldies group, Thee Midniters, still performs today. They have been performing in Southern California near their home town where they started, Whittier, Ca.

I would like to introduce to you, Greg Esparza, who's taken the spotlight to perform with Thee Midniters as Lead Singer. You go backstage with Greg and then front row to see how THEE MIDNITERS perform today!

We hope you enjoy enough to share with friends and familia and please comment & rate to let us know what you think.

Oldies but Goodies in San Pedro with Thee Midniters (on YouTube)

Eddie Jr.

8:15 PM  
Blogger m. linna said...

THEE MIDNITERS sublime wax (and CD) on Norton... creme of their snarly garage mayem. Jump, jive and git with the program at

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8:52 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Hey Miriam, thanks for stopping by !
It's no secret here, got almost all things by Norton, thanks again for the fantastic job !!! Yeeeha !

9:44 AM  

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