Cool story about Gene's collection of Chicano rock which I've followed since the '60s too. When I was just a pre-teen in 1966, I first met THEE MIDNITERS when they appeared on Casey Kasem's "Shebang" dance show in a special broadcast from Angel Stadium when the Big A first opened. Who knew that years later, I'd work for major record labels (A&M, Capitol-EMI) and segue into being a concert promoter, booking Thee Midniters (with my good friend, bandleader Jimmy Espinoza) before working with huge headliners. Props to original singer WILLIE G but he left Thee Midniters decades ago and several singers have since fronted the band. Just a few years ago, I managed former lead singer HANK CASTRO who was with the group for 12 years (circa1974-86).
Today, I manage current lead singer GREG ESPARZA who has been with the band for almost eight years. The handsome, young vocalist has a huge female fan base and is the reason in the resurgence of the group's popularity with new fans today! While Willie does perform the occasional legacy shows with Thee Midniters, there is no mention in this article of Greg as the current singer and as Jimmy E calls him, his quarterback all season! As the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 release of "Whittier Boulevard" approaches in 2015, Greg rightfully deserves his name to be part of the group's history as lead vocalist since 2006. For the record, tonight, Nov.15 is Greg's final L.A. appearance with the group as he embarks on his solo career but he will never forget his journey with Thee Midniters whom he dreamed as a child of someday singing with them. For Greg, it's been a dream come true and he's proud to be part of their Chicano rock history!