Thee Midniters – Whittier Boulevard

by admin / Monday, 13 July 2015 / Published in Latin Music

The low rider anthem.   “Whittier Boulevard” defined the sound of East Los Angeles from the time it was released in 1965 until War’s “Low Rider” not so much replaced as joined it a decade later. Equally at home with rock ‘n’ roll and gospel-inflected soul, Thee Midniters (they added the second “e” to avoid possible copyright suits) put on legendary live shows behind lead vocalist Willie Garcia, better known as Little Willie G. Check out Garcia’s rave-up take on the New Orleans standard “Land of 1000 Dances” (later re-re-worked by Wilson Pickett) or his passionate pleading on the soul ballad “That’s All.” Showcasing the blues guitar of George Dominguez and the funky rhythm section of bassist Jimmy Espinoza and drummer Danny LaMont, “Whittier Boulevard” anticipated Thee Midniters’ subsequent “Ballad of Cesar Chavez” as an assertion of Chicano cultural power.

 

Thee Midniters - Whittier Blvd

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