Monday, August 25, 2014

Record #0563: La Bamba / Charlena – LOS LOBOS

Slash / WB 7-28336 (original) USA, Jun. 27, 1987
Words & Music bySide A – trad., adaptation by Ritchie Valens; Side B – Herman B. Chaney, Manuel G. Chavez
Musicians: David Hidalgo (lead vocals, guitar), Louie Pérez (vocals, guitar),Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar), Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass), Steve Berlin (keyboards, sax on side B), Enrique Gonzales (drums)
Recording sessions: Produced by Los Lobos at Sunset Sound Recorders (?), Los Angeles, CA, 1987
Highest chart positions:  US #1, US AC #4, US Country #57, US Rock #11, UK #1

Los Lobos did a great cover of Ritchie Valens' original and got additional boost from a 1987 film "La Bamba", starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens. Both the movie and the song became international hits.

I have posted Valens' original "La Bamba" here. It was re-issued in the UK in 1987 and got to #49 in their singles chart.

List price
:  Not listed in Goldmine catalog. These go for a buck or two in eBay (two bucks with PS).

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