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The songs we recorded were mostly rock and country rock. The story of Tango is a classic example of all the things that can go wrong on the business side of music. It was recorded and first released in on Capitol Records with me as a solo artist. In those early days of minority movements, there was a lot of reverse racism and sexism, the "my group before and above all" mentality.
I did all the lead vocals and played rhythm and lead guitar, as well as keyboards. John Valenzuela played lead guitar with great style and taste. Richard Rosas was on bass and Ernie Hernandez on drums, a very tight and rootsy rhythm section.
Tango was a band that had evolved over a ten year period. We did the recordings on speculation in Even though Tommy was not able to secure us record deal, it was a fun time and a great learning experience. We spent months in the studio, often recording all night. We also met some amazing artists who recorded there at the time, such as the young Jackson 5 and country legend, Buck Owens.
Ernie and Richard had meanwhile put together a tight band with John Valenzuela on guitar and Steve Verdugo on piano that was playing around town. I saw them play at a small club in Pasadena and was very impressed.
When I got my next opportunity to record, I asked them to back me and they agreed. Several artists were recorded and, fortunately for me, Capitol picked my recordings to release. We recorded eleven of my original songs for Capitol Records with me as a solo artist in The engineer on eight of the eleven songs was B.
We got along great with B. The "Tango" album wound up being the four new songs along with six of the original eleven recorded for Capitol. The powers that be then decided they wanted a band concept rather than me as a solo artist. The record company went along with it, but I was never happy about the name.
The album cover was the result of another compromise. These photos appeared Blue Tango - Various - Those Sentimental Years (CD) the back cover. In fact they were major detriments.
We were part of the Southern California sound of the time, contemporary to the first albums of the Eagles, America, and Jackson Browne. We just happened to be Chicano.
Our master tape was stolen and held hostage by our previous manager, which led to dueling lawyers and a two month delay in finishing the album. A new manager Blue Tango - Various - Those Sentimental Years (CD) in to represent us and left just as quickly in the midst of the chaos, pulling the proverbial rug out from under our feet that were still not wet in the business.
I remember a meeting with a major figure at the label, who asked me to describe our music and image in terms of other artists. It was then I realized the record company had no clue who Blue Tango - Various - Those Sentimental Years (CD) were or what we were trying to do. We went over reasonably well, but it was definitely not our crowd.
We got positive reviews from Richard Cromelin in the L, Blue Tango - Various - Those Sentimental Years (CD). Free Press, and the Daily Variety. With no manager, we had no one to lobby for our interests at the record company. We got very little, if any, promotion and were not given the opportunity to tour to support the album.
Blue Tango - Various - Those Sentimental Years (CD) surprisingly, with all the problems outlined above, the Tango album got some scattered airplay and faded.
The band broke up in There are three or four that, if I knew then what I know now, I would have added or subtracted some things in the arrangements. There's also one lead vocal, which was recorded live in the studio, I would have redone. The latter album included the classic "Rockin' In the Free World. I take pride in the knowledge that I got him started in music in by presenting him with the opportunity that if he bought a bass he could join my band.
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