The Blendells were among numerous Mexican-American groups in East LA signed by producer/label entrepreneur Eddie Davis, and had a little national hit using a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “La La La La La,” which produced #62 in 1964. Just like the Premiers’ “Farmer John,” also popular in 1964 and in addition documented for Davis’ little empire, it had been an R&B/spirit cover given hook Latin taste, embellished by live-in-the-studio party sounds. Especially unforgettable, and off-the-wall, was the deadpan starting talk: “I’m gonna execute a small song for you personally now that’ll cause you to clap the hands, kick the feet, and as a matter of known fact, it’ll rip you up.” This is delivered almost as though the melody was a tongue-in-cheek parody, and regardless of the simplistic, practically meaningless lyrics, it do have a good groove. Originally on Rampart, the one was certified to Reprise for nationwide distribution. The Blendells went on tour for some time behind the effectiveness of that little strike, but, strangely, just recorded yet another single, “Dance beside me,” before splitting up. “La La La La La” continues to be a well-known oldie one of the Mexican-American community in L.A., and it has been reissued on Varese Sarabande’s The Western world Coast East Aspect Audio, Vol. 2 and Rhino’s Brown-Eyed Spirit, Vol. 2. The instrumental B-side of “La La La La La,” “Huggy’s Bunnies,” is certainly on The Western world Coast East Aspect Audio, Vol. 1.
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