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.”

Paul McCartney and Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia pose for a photo during the 1965 USA Beatle Tour where Cannibal and the Headhunters were one of the opening acts. This photo was taken by Eddie Davis on the Chartered Boeing DC-8 American Flyers Plane which almost crashed landed in Oregon when one of the plane's engines caught fire. The plane landed safely. However, the charter company brought in another plane to complete the west coast tour. A year later, the DC-8 that caught fire during the 1965 Beatle tour crashed in Oklahoma killing everyone aboard.