David Hidalgo – Los Lobos

Biography

Los Lobos were formed in 1974 by David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez and Cesar Rosas - four friends from Garfield High School in east Los Angeles. Starting out as a rock 'n' roll band, they soon changed their style to a more traditional Mexican acoustic sound. The band adopted music from Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B and blues, as well as the traditional Mexican songs from their roots.

A local EP was released in L.A. in the late 1970s and Hidalgo who handles most of the lead vocals, teamed with Perez to write the majority of Los Lobos' original songs, with Rosas providing vocals and songwriting. About this time they started playing gigs on the Hollywood circuit gaining the respect from fellow bands. Steve Berlin, the saxophone player of The Blasters, became close with Los Lobos and after some jam sessions with the band he was made an honorary Chicano and added to the band's lineup.

During this time Slash Records signed Los Lobos who recorded another EP which is an eclectic mix of roots rock 'n' roll and Mexican Nortea music. The song "Anselma" won a Grammy for best Mexican/American performance.

The release of "How Will the Wolf Survive?" in 1984 and "By the Light of the Moon" (displaying distinct jazz, blues and country influences) in 1987 followed after a year of heavy touring. With the remake of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" the band's biggest commercial success can be listed for 1987.

In 1988 Los Lobos won Grammys for a Spanish-language album and for their contribution to the film "Desperado". Besides a children's album was released in 1995. Since two ensuing studio albums didn't reach the expected success, the band switched to Mammoth Records for 2002's "Good Morning Aztlan" and 2004's "The Ride" which contains contributions of Dave Alvin, Rubn Blades, Elvis Costello, Little Willie G, Mavis Staples, Richard Thompson, Bobby Womack and Tom Waits.

Albums

Si Se Puede!, 1976
Just Another Band From East L.A. (As Los Lobos Del Este De Los Angeles), 1978 (LP), reissued on CD in 2000
...And a Time to Dance, 1983
How Will the Wolf Survive?, 1984
By the Light of the Moon, 1987
La Pistola y El Corazón, 1988
The Neighborhood, 1990
Kiko, 1992
Music for Papa's Dream, 1995
Colossal Head, 1996
This Time, 1999
Good Morning Aztlán, 2002
The Ride, 2004
Ride This - The Covers EP, 2004
Live at the Fillmore, 2005
Acoustic En Vivo, 2005
The Town and the City, 2006
Los Lobos Goes Disney, 2009
Tin Can Trust, 2010

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