For the Record …. When the roots-rock revival of the early s appeared, Los Lobos would probably have been picked as the least likely to succeed. It may sound like an impossible repetoire to pull off, but the five-piece unit from East Los Angeles shifts between their various influences effortlessly. As their producer T-Bone Burnette pointed out in Musician , in order to survive and retain their uniqueness, the band must maintain a certain musical balance. The four original members, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez, and Conrad Lozano Steve Berlin joined around , had known each other since their high school days and grew up in basically the same neighborhood.
A disheveled apartment, the only one she can afford, becomes a precarious blank slate for them to build a home. Despite not crossing the border through dangerous avenues, Lucia lacks documents to legally work stateside, and must take on multiple grueling labor jobs—not unlike countless others immigrant parents. She has no choice but to leave her beloved baby wolves, as she calls them, alone.
But as the Chicano movement with its accompanying cultural renaissance took hold in the s, they began to explore their musical roots in the traditional songs of Mexico. They honed their craft at weddings and birthdays, playing for whatever they could get. Mexican songs. They were American kids, like a lot of us, just reinventing and redefining themselves with old rhythms and songs.
The band gained international stardom in , when their cover version of Ritchie Valens ' " La Bamba " topped the charts in the U. In , they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I thought I was the only weird one. At that time, they all had regular jobs, and it was hard to get together for the sessions. To accommodate that situation, their producer Louis Torres would call the engineer, Mark Fleisher, who owned and operated a high-speed tape duplicating studio in Hollywood, to find a studio when he knew all the band members could get off work that night. Most of the songs were recorded at a studio on Melrose Avenue, located next to the Paramount studios at the time, and a low-priced studio on Sunset Boulevard. The band members were unsatisfied with playing only American Top 40 songs and began experimenting with the traditional Mexican music they listened to as children.