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John Morthland

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Chucos Suaves

Photo courtesy Don Tosti PACHUCO BOOGIE, THE POSTWAR MEXICAN-AMERICAN adaptation of jump blues named after the 1948 Don Tosti single that launched the subgenre, came to fruition in East L.A., but its roots are in El Paso, Texas. In the '20s and '30s, "El 'Chuco," as the city was nicknamed,......
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Poquito Soul

Courtesy of Gordo Enterprises, Rudy 'Puppet' Fuentes and Bobby EspinosaEARLY IN 1965, CANNIBAL AND THE Headhunters, a Chicano vocal quartet out of East Los Angeles, took "Land of a Thousand Dances" to No. 30 on the pop charts, shutting down a version by their archrivals Thee Midniters (which reached No......
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