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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Who is Los Lobos?

Who is Los Lobos? The Hispanic Music world knows them as "The Wolves", Los Lobos is an American Chicano rock band. They are three-time Grammy Award winners. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and norteños. Mexican-American roots-rock group Los Lobos has been performing and releasing albums since the late 1970s.


Los Lobos released an independent LP in 1978 and an EP in 1983. Their first major-label, critically acclaimed release was 1984's T-Bone Burnett-produced How Will the Wolf Survive? In 1986, members of Los Lobos appeared alongside Tomata du Plenty in the punk rock musical Population: 1. In 1987, they released a second album entitled By the Light of the Moon. In the same year, they recorded some Ritchie Valens covers for the soundtrack to the film La Bamba, including the title track which became a number one single for the band. In 1988 they followed with another album, titled La Pistola y El Corazón and featuring original and traditional Mexican songs, which sold poorly.
The band's first noteworthy public appearance occurred in 1980 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles when they were hired by David Ferguson and CD Presents to open for Public Image Ltd. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the band toured extensively throughout the world, opening for such acts as Bob Dylan, U2 and the Grateful Dead.
Los Lobos returned with The Neighborhood in 1990, and the creative and wildly experimental Kiko (produced by Mitchell Froom) in 1992. In 1991, the band contributed a lively cover of Bertha , a song which they often performed live, to the Grateful Dead tribute/rain forest benefit album Deadicated. In 1994 they also contributed a track, Down Where the Drunkards Roll, to the Richard Thompson tribute album Beat the Retreat.
On the band's twenty-year anniversary they released a two-CD collection of singles, out-takes, live recordings and hits entitled Just Another Band from East L.A.
In 1995, Los Lobos released the prestigious and bestselling record Papa's Dream on Music for Little People Records along with veteran guitarist and singer Lalo Guerrero. The band also scored the film Desperado. The album track "Mariachi Suite" won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and stands as their last Grammy Award to date (the other two Grammy Awards were in the category of Best Mexican-American Performance in 1983 and 1989 for the song Anselma and the album La Pistola y El Corazon.
In 1996 they released Colossal Head. In spite of the fact that the album was critically acclaimed, Warner Brothers decided to drop the band from their roster. Los Lobos spent the next few years on side projects.
Los Lobos signed to Hollywood Records in 1999, and released This Time. Hollywood also reissued 1977's Del Este de Los Angeles. In 2000, Rhino/Warner Archives released the Cancionero: Mas y Mas boxed set.
In 2002, the band released their Mammoth Records debut, Good Morning Aztlan; they released The Ride in 2004. The Ride featured artists such as Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack and Elvis Costello covering Los Lobos music along with the band.
Los Lobos released its first full-length live-show DVD Live at¨the Fillmore in 2004. The DVD captures the band's act over a two-day period in July at the famed San Francisco venue.
In September 2006, Los Lobos released The Town and the City to much critical acclaim. The album's lyrics deal with Louis Perez's childhood in East Los Angeles while the music portrays complex and original soundscapes reminiscent of their previous release Kiko. Cartoonist Jaime Hernandez did the artwork for the album.
In 2007 the group performed the song Billy 1, Bob Dylan's cover from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid album, recorded in I'm Not There soundtrack.
One of the group's albums is an album of Disney movie covers released in September 2009 on Disney Sound. Their latest Hollywood Records release is "The Town and The City". The epic "The Town and The City" is told in the first-person, with each song serving as an episodic step.
Los Lobos were the scheduled closing act for the 2009 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo were featured artists in the Experience Hendrix Tour in 2010.


David Hidalgo -Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Fiddle, Requinto jarocho

Louie Pérez -Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Jarana huasteca

Cesar Rosas -Vocals, Guitar, Bajo SextoConrad Lozano -Vocals, Bass, Guitarron

Steve Berlin -Keyboards, Horns

    • Discography


      Si Se Puede!, 1976

      Just Another Band From East L.A. (As Los Lobos Del Este De Los Angeles), 1978 (LP), reissued on CD in 2000
        ...And a Time to Dance, 1983

        How Will the Wolf Survive?, 1984

        By the Light of the Moon, 1987

        La Pistola y El Corazón, 1988

        The Neighborhood, 1990

        Kiko, 1992

        Music for Papa's Dream, 1995

        Colossal Head, 1996

        This Time, 1999

        Good Morning Aztlán, 2002

        The Ride, 2004

        Ride This - The Covers EP, 2004

        Live at the Fillmore, 2005

        Acoustic En Vivo, 2005

        The Town and the City, 2006

        Los Lobos Goes Disney, 2009

        Tin Can Trust, 2010


        Just Another Band From East L.A. - A Collection, 1993
          El Cancionero Mas y Mas, 2000 (boxed set)
          Wolf Tracks - Best of Los Lobos, 2006

            [edit] Soundtrack and compilation appearances

            "Diablo Con Vestido" and "How Much Can I Do" Varese Sarabande STV 81164


            • Live at the Fillmore, 2004

            [edit] Singles

            Year Single Peak chart positions Album
            US Main US US Country US
            US Latin US AC CAN CAN AC
            1981 "Under the Boardwalk" Non-album song
            "Farmer John"
            1983 "Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio" ...and a Time to Dance
            1984 "Let's Say Goodnight"
            "Don't Worry Baby" 28 How Will the Wolf Survive?
            "Will the Wolf Survive?" 26 78
            1987 "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes" 4 By the Light of the Moon
            "Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)" 21
            "Come On, Let's Go" 33 21 La Bamba (soundtrack)
            "La Bamba" 11 1 57 1 4 1 1
            1988 "One Time, One Night" 55 By the Light of the Moon
            1990 "Down on the Riverbed" 33 16 The Neighborhood
            1991 "Bertha" 37 24 Deadicated: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead
            1992 "Bella Maria de Mi Alma" 11 Just Another Band from East LA: A Collection
            "Reva's House" 24 Kiko
            "Kiko and the Lavender Moon"
            "—" denotes releases that did not chart

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