East L.A. Rocks!

Photos from the Eddie Davis West Coast Eastside Sound Archives (CEMA 117)

These photos are part of the Eddie Davis West Coast Eastside Sound Archives (CEMA 117), Special Collections, UCSB Library. This collection was donated by Hector Gonzalez. He is a record producer, musician, award winning sound engineer and current owner of Rampart Records. Gonzalez has a first hand view of the vibrant music scene in East Los Angeles where multicultural bands contributed to the development of rock and roll. His archives help to document the development of the “West Coast East Side Sound.” Hector Gonzalez says, "This is an important part of early American rock and roll.”

Publicity still of the Premiers who recorded the song, "Farmer John" for Rampart Record's sister label, Faro Records, in 1964. Top Row left to right: Sax Player - Tony Duran, Drummer - John Perez and Lead Guitarist - George Delgado. Bottom Row left to right: Bassist - Frank Zuniga and leader and guitarist, Lawrence "Boy" Perez. The Premiers would eventually tour with the Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five in 1964-65.