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The Blendells

The Blendells were one of numerous Mexican-American groups in East Los Angeles signed by producer/label entrepreneur Eddie Davis, and had a small national hit with a cover of Stevie Wonder's "La La La La La," which made #62 in 1964. Like the Premiers' "Farmer John," also a hit in 1964 and also recorded for Davis' small empire, it was an R&B/soul cover given a slight Latin flavor, embellished by live-in-the-studio party noises. Especially memorable, and off-the-wall, was the deadpan opening speech: "I'm gonna do a little song for you now that'll make you clap your hands, kick your feet, and as a matter of fact, it'll tear you up." This was delivered almost as if the song was a tongue-in-cheek parody, and despite the simplistic, virtually meaningless lyrics, it did have a solid groove.

Originally on Rampart, the single was licensed to Reprise for national distribution. The Blendells went out on tour for a while behind the strength of that small hit, but, strangely, only recorded one more single, "Dance with Me," before breaking up. "La La La La La" remains a well-known oldie among the Mexican-American community in L.A., and has been reissued on Varese Sarabande's The West Coast East Side Sound, Vol. 2 and Rhino's Brown-Eyed Soul, Vol. 2. The instrumental B-side of "La La La La La," "Huggy's Bunnies," is on The West Coast East Side Sound, Vol. 1. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Track List: East L.A.: Rockin' The Barrio

1. Land Of 1000 Dances (Naa, Na, Na, Na, Naa)

2. Rainbow Stomp (Pt. 1)

7. Evil Ways

13. Farmer John

14. La La La La La

15. Follow The Music

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