Archive for the 'Boogaloo' Category

Los Malos Modos de Sonido Franko

Sorry folks, I’ve been super busy with work and events all month. Also, baseball season doesn’t help much either. Nevertheless, I’ve been thinking of changing things up a bit with Super Sonido. Possibly a newer media player? You know, one of those fancy flash type players. Or do you people like how the download system is now? What says you? Your comments are appreciated. Now if I can only change the my other malos modos (evil ways).

1. Emily Cranz: Malos Modos     

April Showers: Boogaloo With Freddy Fender

Sorry folks, I kinda vanished for the month of March. In fact, I really haven’t been checking my email either. So If I haven’t gotten back to you, please do not be offended. For you see I come from a very long line of family members who are really good at disappearing from time to time. Nevertheless, I wanted to share one email I got. And HOLY SHIT!!! it was like opening a really awesome birthday present.


From Aram Delgado (El Guapo):

Hola, que paso? I’ve been really enjoying your blog, It’s really hard to find good info on latino booty shakers out there. I thought I would pass on a find of mine from a few years ago and thought it might be a good post for your blog.

It’s a rare one from one of the Chicano Kings Mr. Freddy Fender. It’s amazing the variety of music this guy has done, not sure where to put this one? Soul? Psych? Your guess is as good as mine. I tried to find some more info on it but it was pretty limited. I gave an mp3 of this to sports casual after he begged me for it, I figured I had danced my ass off in his Brooklyn joint so many times It was least I could do. Anyway I thought you would enjoy this one, that is if don’t already have it.

1. Freddy Fender & The Comancheros: Boogaloo en Monterey

Label: Discos Dominante DD-590-A (I’m assuming it’s 196??)

Sorry it’s a bit scratchy, but I have only ever seen one other so I was happy to take this one with no complaints. I wish I had an mp3 of the B-side, It’s an old school 50’s style rock & roll balada, half in Spanish half in English, but very Mexican with what sounds like a Bajo Sexto guitar up front. Anyway I hope you enjoy it, hope you can use it. Cheers!

– Aram Delgado (El Guapo)


Yo Aram I’ve already listened to your download like 100 times. I fucking love Freddy Fender. I have like 10 45’s from the early to mid 60’s. From garage, rock, to ska, and when I find them I’ll post em’. But I do not have this joint, never heard it before. Amazing!!! Thank You!!!

– Sonido Franko

Day 25: Boogaloo Who #2

Selected a few boogaloo 45’s from Peru. These unknowns really put up some huge sounds. Peruvians, for some reason or another,  have a knack for placing their own stamp on the boogaloo genre. Awesome Ray Barretto cover, plus a real nice dance floor mover with Guajira Go Go. The last one is a stretch. Although pressed in Peru, I’m not really sure if these dudes are from there or not. Even despite their name (caribe? there is no caribe in Peru), the sound just doesn’t seem like it’s from there. I’m still sick. May god have some mercy on my soul. Enjoy!

1. Mario Allison Y Sus Estrellas: Son Con Cuero

2. Charlie Palomares y Su Conj: Guarjira Go Go

3. Los Mulatos Del Caribe: Que Quieren Gozar

Day 24: Boogaloo Who?

A few relatively unknown bands on the boogaloo tip, plus a cumbia super group playing a boogaloo number. If you haven’t noticed by now, I like musicians/songs that are played outside of their element. The legendary Los Corraleros De Majagual are a pretty good example of this. Anyway, I would love to delve into this some more, but I’m nursing a pretty brutal cold. Enjoy.

1. Lobo y Su Grupo: Lobo

2. Joe Pappy And His Combo: Oye Tomasito

3. Los Corraleros De Majagual: Baila Mi Boogaloo


Day 22: Pablo Beltran Ruiz

I recently had the great honor and privilege to write the liner notes for an upcoming re-release of the Joe Cuba Sextet’s They Must Be Doing Something Right. That album’s big hit was “El Pito.” With its titular whistle and the repeated refrain of “I’ll Never Go Back to Georgia” (borrowed from Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo’s “Manteca” even though none of the Sextet had actually been to the state), “El Pito” wasn’t the group’s most successful song (that belonged to their next major single, “Bang Bang”) but it’s arguably their most infectious.

Not surprisingly, “El Pito” proved to be popular with other Latin groups and notably, found an eager ear throughout the larger Latin music world. That included covers by everyone from Peru’s Alfredo Linares to Venezuela’s Frank Hernandez to this, recorded by Pablo Beltran Ruiz in Mexico. Unlike most other covers, Ruiz’s omits the catchy “I’ll Never Go Back to Georgia” line in favor of a MOSTLY instrumental affair, replaying the vocal line with a bank of horns instead. “El Pito” essentially gets a big band makeover – where the Sextet was punchy with their small size, Ruiz sweeps in with something closer to a mambo orchestra, making “El Pito” sound as if it was recorded a decade before it actually was.

The whistle though? That’s there. You can’t very well record a song called “El Pito” and NOT have the whistle and no matter what else in the song may change, that five-note melody inspires instant recognition…and an inevitable smile.

– O Dub

Great post. Thank you very much! Never heard this rendition of “El Pito” before. Be sure to check out O-Dub at, undoubtedly the dopest audio blog on the net.

1. Pablo Beltran Ruiz: El Pito (RCA Victor)

Day 19: Carmen Rivero y Su Conjunto

Big shout out to Sport Casual from for handing me an awesome version of the “Pata-Pata”.  I believe it’s originally an African 60’s pop song, that for some reason or another, got popularized in Latin America. Although sugar-coated, it fits nicely with the whole go-go and boogaloo genre of that era. And if we are talking genres, there probably isn’t anybody who has gone through more of them than Mexican Carmen Rivero. Some even credit her as the innovator of the Mexican cumbia. But that didn’t stop Rivero from diving into every other category of Latin music that ever was. I have a ton of 45’s from Carmen Rivero and pulled one that seemed the most musically opposed. A cha-cha akin to Tito Puente’s sound. Enjoy!

1. Carmen Rivero y Su Conjunto: Pata Pata

2. Carmen Rivero y Su Conjunto: Brincando Cha-Cha

Day 2: Luis Gómez y su Conjunto

Now I don’t know much about this person, and I’m sure he didn’t make many records, because this guy is really under the radar. Plus, I didn’t feel like searching when I googled his name. There must be over a million men in Latin American with the name Luis Gómez. At any rate, two great songs from one of my favorite Colombian labels: Tropical. It seems odd but these two songs mash-up descarga, boogaloo and the pachanga genre into one. And both have the same name? But what’s even more confusing is that musically they are playing in a more or less rag-tag cumbia conjunto style. South Americans trying to capture the New York sound….amazing!!! Listen carefully to the second track, the female singer is talking shit about Puerto Rican men. Why I find that funny, I have no idea.

1. Luis Gómez y su Conjunto: Descarga En Acordeon

2. Luis Gómez y su Conjunto: Descarga En Acordeon