Day 23: Los Covers

Picked out a few cover songs that were original hits from 1969 to 1970. These 45’s used to be in my rotation quite a lot, but I haven’t given them the light of day lately. The songs always seemed to work well together and they more or less capture the sound of that era.

Cover songs from the Beatles, to Sugarloaf, to the more obscure cover by the psychedelic tex-mex group The Sir Douglas Quintet. Almost seems like bands down south never left one “top 40” rock unturned. In fact, Los Johnny Jets hacked out a living doing rock-n-roll cover songs during their time. And they do it pretty well. The Jets really nail the Beatles “Get Back”, both lyrically and musically. Although even more obscure, The White Lines and Los Blue Angels equally do their renditions justice.

I’m brimming with rock 45 covers, so maybe I’ll explore this again by the end of the month. But for now…..Enjoy!

1. Los Johnny Jets: Ven Ya

2. The White Lines de Paco Sanchez: La Dama De Ojos Verdes

3. Los Blue Angels: Donde Esta Mendocino

2 Responses to “Day 23: Los Covers”

  1. 1 Eric Duran February 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I stumbled across the name Doug Sahm recently on Facebook. Doug was a member of the Texas Tornadoes and sang Donde Esta Mendocino with them and previously on an album years ago. Having grown up in south Texas, Rio Grande Valley I was exposed to Tex-Mex sound, Progressive Country and enjoy seeing something on “psychedelic tex-mex”. I love this blog and recommend it to my friends and Spanish students.

  2. 2 josephfranko February 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks Eric. Yeah you get a lot of hybrid sounds out of the US border regions. Good luck with your class!!!

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