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 Rampart recording artist, The Village Callers in 1968. Their original instrumental composition, "Hector" (Part 1 and 2) which was written as a tribute to their manager, Hector Rivera has become the most sampled song in the history of the Rampart Records catalog and has been used by various Hip Hop recording artist from Cypress Hill to Ice Cube. Their original album, "The Village Callers Live" was re-released on Barrio Gold Records in Japan by Producer, Shin Miyata in 2004.