Classic Rock

Evil Ways - Various - Going Latin! (CD)

Some leave crying tears of joy. At a multiplex across the street, Fox is holding one of the first screenings of The Phantom Menace. You can see a flicker of hesitation on the faces of a few Phantom ticket holders.

I thought I was in the red-hot center, the flicker seems to say. What's going on over there? Ricky Martin is what's going on. The hip-shaking Latin pop star has the No. His self-titled new CD has sold half a million copies in Asia since its release a month ago; a repackaged version of his previous disc, Vuelve, sold more than a million copies in the region, not counting Japan.

And Martin is at the center of something bigger than himself. Winning the battle of the bands at East Los Angeles College in or '67 also led to more gigs for the band. They also enjoyed a long run at the Plush Bunny nightclub in Pico Rivera, despite the fact they were underage.

The Village Callers were an extremely dedicated band. They rehearsed five days a week, five hours a day. Already out of high school at this point, they also had a no drinking or smoking rule. The manager of the Village Callers, Hector Rivera, knowing that the band was ready to record, invited producer Evil Ways - Various - Going Latin! (CD) record company owner Eddie Davis to come and hear the band at the Plush Bunny. Eddie had produced and released records on many East L.

Eddie loved Evil Ways - Various - Going Latin! (CD) band and wanted to do a "live" album recorded right there at the Plush Bunny where they were creating such excitement. Word later got to them that Santana's producer heard their version on the radio and got Santana to record it. This is something that can never be proven with certainty, however, the fact the Village Callers did it first is undeniable and significant. Willie Bobo's version was totally salsa. The Village Callers did it in a Latin rock style.

Santana's own Latin rock version of "Evil Ways" launched his career and the Evil Ways - Various - Going Latin! (CD) rock revolution that was to follow with bands like Malo, El Chicano, and Tierra. It was recorded very simply with a few overhead microphones and a "live" mix. The band did go into a studio and record a few songs, including "Hector. Joe Espinosa also got a writers credit for his contributions. The song is an instrumental featuring organ lines and solos with some sax sections.

Like the song "Tequila," "Hector" would break and a voice would say the name Hector in an exaggerated way with a humorous Mexican accent. While Fuzzy Martinez was doing the voice track he Evil Ways - Various - Going Latin! (CD) goofing around making fun of Hector, their manager. All this good natured fun was done in Spanish and English. Eddie Davis liked it and kept the comments during the outro of the record. One of the things Fuzzy says is "Hector, you're our manager, but you sure are ugly.

Tienes la cara de lastima Hector. The song wound up being so long that it was divided into "Hector Part 1" and "Hector Part 2" for the single. With the record taking off, the band was contacted by a rival East L. Ten thousand dollars was a lot of money to kids just out of high school, particularly in ! According to Joe Espinosa, Eddie Davis got angry and got an injunction with which he had the record pulled from the radio stations.

In retrospect, Joe regrets Evil Ways - Various - Going Latin! (CD) left Eddie Davis and Eddie expressed some regret to Joe about handling the situation as he Evil Ways - Various - Going Latin! (CD). Eddie thought he should have either fought to keep the band or made a partnership deal with the other manager because the Village Callers would've probably had a hit record and gone onto some major things.

Like with most bands, there were some tumultuous times. Amigos, released in Marchwhich returned Santana to the Top Ten and went gold. This album peaked in the Top 40 and went gold. Never having issued a live album in the U. Santana returned to the studio for Inner Secrets, released in October and the album was quickly certified gold.

Carlos and Davis put together Supernatural. The follow-up, Shaman, appeared in Three years later, All That I Am arrived.

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