Monday, January 23, 2006

Exotic !

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back.
In 1957, members of the Lamplighters from Delano, CA, joined up with members of a rival act, the Rhythm Aces, from nearby Tulare (both cities are just north of Bakersfield, yes I’ve checked a map – HELLO DARRELL !).
They formed a new pachuco surf-and-soul combo called Al Garcia and the Rhythm Kings: multi-instrumentalist Al Garcia, guitarist Art Rodriguez, bassist Freddie Mendoza, drummer Manuel Garcia (Al's brother), and saxophonists Larry Silva and Vincent Bumatay.
Like many of the acts on the Del-Fi roster - the Sentinals, the Centurions - the Rhythm Kings combined Latin rock rhythms, mariachi-style horns, and surf guitar instros !
Anda !

Al Garcia And The Rhythm Kings - Exotic
Al Garcia And The Rhythm Kings - Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Al Garcia And The Rhythm Kings - Blue Soul


Anonymous bbb said...

mucha gracias y mucho gusto ese

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is pretty kick-ass stuff, and interesting from a music history perspecitve. good find.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just surfed in through ;The Hypemachine..And Im totally digging your music,and your thingie...I used to listen for a coupla years only to surf,exotica etc...So you just made my day..Thank you very much..
greetings from Amsterdam,andrea

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Lee Kitch said...

Hey Tom, You're some kind of Freak!! I never even told you that I was raised in Delano, The Rhythm Kings played at almost all of my high school dances. They would always play "La Raspa" or something & we'd do this weird line dance with arms locked & kind of slam into each other. As a matter of fact, I still work there. But, you gotta post "Delano Soul Beat" too. Personally, the town sucks these days, but that's a different story. Also, Gary Wray & Rod (The Creep) are both from Delano.

Later Bro,

7:31 AM  
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7:25 PM  

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