What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Memories of El Monte

Primer mi carucha, Chevy '39
Going to El Monte Legion Stadium
Pick up on my Weesa, She is so divine
Helps me stealing hub caps, wasted all the time.
Fuzzy dice, bongos in the back
My Ship of Love is ready to attack.

In the early 60's, local Los Angeles DJ Art Laboe was putting on 'oldies' show at the El Monte Legion Stadium about 10 miles east of downtown LA.   It wasn't really a stadium.  More of a dumpy union hall comparable to Winterland.

El Monte Legion Stadium ca. 1957 | Courtesy of Art Laboe Archives

Since we're talking the early '60's, Doo Wop from the '50's were the 'oldies.'   Frank Zappa was a fan of this music from his high school days.  As a young struggling musician out in Cucamonga, Frank and bandmate Ray Collins wrote this song and pitched it to Art Laboe.

The Penguins - Memories of El Monte b/w Be Mine  (Original Sound 1963)

It was picked up and recorded by the Penguins who had recorded the doo-wop classic Earth Angel some years before.  Cleve Duncan was the only original member to sing on this.   After this recording, they reformed and hit the oldies circuit.   Frank Zappa went on to form The Mothers of Invention a few years later.

More on the El Monte Legion Stadium.


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