TRIBUTE FOR BOBBY ESPINOSA uploaded 10/28/17
Welcome to a special TRIBUTE TO BOBBY ESPINOSA by Chico Manqueros on the East LA Revue Internet Radio. We are here to celebrate the life and musica of Bobby Espinosa.
Bobby Espinosa (Born April 29, 1949 in Los Angeles, California and Died February 27, 2010 at the White Memorial hospital in East Los Angeles) He was survived by his son Bobby Espinosa Jr. and daughter Reyna Espinosa, six grandchildren as well as other family members that include a brother and sister.
Bobby was a founding member of the Latin Latin Rock band, El Chicano. He had a unique style, and a passionate way of expression, playing his Hammond B-3 organ. El Chicano player rock, funk, soul, blues, jazz, and salsa. Original members of El Chicano include Bobby Espinosa, Freddie Sanchez, Mickey Lespron, Andre Baeza, and John De Luna. Ersi Arvisu was lead singer. During the 1970s, new members Rudy Regalado, Max Garduno, Danny La Monte, Brian Magness, Jerry Salas, Joe Pererria, Walfredo “Wally” Reyes, Jr., Rudy Salas, and Steve Salas.
Early in his musical career, he was a member of a local surf group “Mickey & The Invaders”. The band was led by Mike James Aversa aka Mickey. Bobby, later joined the VIPs, which was formed in 1965 by bass player Freddie Sanchez. Bobby was the first member brought into the band by Sanchez.
In 1969, the VIPs evolved into what became known as El Chicano. Bobby produced and wrote some of their material. He also played on every recording the group made. These are their most notable songs: 1970 "Viva Tirado - Part I", 1971 "Cubano Chant", 1972 "Brown Eyed Girl", "Satisfy Me Woman", 1973 "Last Tango in Paris", "Tell Her She's Lovely", 1975 "Beretta’s TV Theme", 1983 "Do You Want Me", and 1984 "Let Me Dance With You".
In later years he joined other artists in several recordings including Si Se Puede, recorded in 1996. Also the debut album by Thee Rhythm Kings, titled Killing Time.
He has been inducted into the "Hammond Heroes" society. He at the time had the distinction of being the only Latin organist recognized for his blues, Latin and jazz style. Recording Time 78m 48s
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