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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 !
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