- Los Lobos
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Los Lobos
Img_capt = Los Lobos performing in 2005.
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East Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre = Tex-Mex,
Rock en Español, Chicano rock, rock
Years_active = 1973–present
URL = http://www.loslobos.org/
Steve Berlin Louie Pérez Conrad Lozano David Hidalgo Cesar Rosas
Los Lobos ("The Wolves") are an American
rock band. They are 3-time GrammyAward 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.
Los Lobos released an independent LP in the late 1970s, and an EP in 1983. Their first major-label, critically acclaimed release was 1984's
T-Bone Burnett-produced "How Will the Wolf Survive?" They released a follow up album entitled "By the Light of the Moon" in 1987. In the same year they recorded some Ritchie Valenscovers for the soundtrack to the film "La Bamba", including the title track which became a number one single for the band. In 1988they followed with another album, " La Pistola y El Corazón" featuring original and traditional Mexican songs. Seen as akin to commercial suicide, the album sold poorly.
The band's first noteworthy public appearance occurred in
1980at the Olympic Auditoriumin Los Angeleswhen 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 Dylanand 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 Recordsalong with veteran guitarist and singer Lalo Guerrero. The band also scored the film "Desperado" with the Gipsy Kings. The album track "Mariachi Suite" won a GrammyAward 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 Performancein 1983 and 1989 for the albums "Anselma" and "La Pistola y El Corazon".
1996they released "Colossal Head". In spite of the fact that the album was critically acclaimed, Warner Brothersdecided to drop the band from their roster. Los Lobos spent the next few years on side projects.
Los Lobos signed to
Hollywood Recordsin 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.
On the night of
October 23 1999, while the band was on tour, Sandra Rosas, wife of Cesar Rosas, was kidnapped from her house. She was found dead on November 22 2000. Her half-brother Gabriel Gomez was convicted of her kidnapping and murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In 2002, the band released their
Mammoth Recordsdebut, "Good Morning Aztlan"; they released "The Ride" in 2004. "The Ride" featured artists such as Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, Bobby Womackand Elvis Costellocovering 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 Angeleswhile the music portrays complex and original soundscapes reminiscent of their previous release "Kiko". Jaime Hernandezdid the artwork for the album. [Gale, Dan (2005). [http://loslobos.setlist.com/discography/lpindex.html Los Lobos LP/DVD Discography] . Retrieved February 24, 2006.]
In 2007 the group performed the song "Billy 1",
Bob Dylan's coverfrom "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" album, recorded in " I'm Not There" soundtrack.
The group is now in the studio recording the next album which will be an album of Disney covers.
David Hidalgo-Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Fiddle, Requinto Jarocho
Louie Pérez-Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Jarana
Cesar Rosas-Vocals, Guitar, Bajo Sexto
Conrad Lozano-Vocals, Bass, Guitarron
Steve Berlin-Keyboards, HornsUnofficial member:
Cougar Estrada-Tour drummer, Percussionist
Si Se Puede!", 1976
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
*"La Bamba [Original Soundtrack] ", 1987, US 2xPlatinum
*"By the Light of the Moon", 1987
La Pistola y El Corazón", 1988
*"The Neighborhood", 1990
Just Another Band From East L.A. - A Collection", 1993
Music for Papa's Dream", 1995
Colossal Head", 1996
*"This Time", 1999
El Cancionero Mas y Mas", 2000 (boxed set)
*"Good Morning Aztlán", 2002
*"The Ride", 2004
Ride This - The Covers EP", 2004
*"Live at the Fillmore", 2005
Acoustic En Vivo", 2005
Wolf Tracks - Best of Los Lobos", 2006
The Town and The City", 2006
*"", 1988 (one of
*"", 1995 (primary score composer and performer)Look at All the Love We Found (album) 2005 (One of Various Artists)
*"Live at the Fillmore", 2004
"La Bamba" went to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart in 1987. It is one of only a few non-English songs to top the charts in the US.
* [http://www.loslobos.org/ Los Lobos Homepage]
* [http://www.jambase.com/headsup.asp?storyID=9391 JamBase.com Article]
* [http://www.masbakersfield.com/home/ViewPost/30506 Mas Magazine Article]
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