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 Cannibal and the Headhunters performing "The Row Boat" on the television show "Shebang" in 1965 which was hosted by KRLA AM Radio Personality, Casey Kasem and produced by Dick Clark Productions. "The Row Boat" was a dance routine that the boys had added to their performance after they had seen musician and band leader, Billy Preston and the Soul Babies perform this dance in their show. Cannibal and the Headhunters would eventually work this dance routine into their set and it became a huge hit during their "Live" shows which they also performed during the 1965 USA Beatle Tour.