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 Records recording artists, Eastside Connection in 1977. Their recording of "You're So Right For Me" was chosen by Billboard Magazine as the "Soul Single Pick of the Week" and peaked at number 33 on the National Billboard Disco Charts. The song also entered the charts in the UK and Canada. In 1978, Eddie Davis released their second single, "Frisco Disco" which also entered the Billboard Charts and has been recently sampled by Hip Hop recording artist, Slick Rick, Onyx and Grand Master Flash and His Furious Five.