Sultry, captivating Brenda Holloway was one of Motown's most exciting discoveries--and one of the few not to hail from the Motor City. Brenda had already made several singles in her native Los Angeles when Motown's local head Hal Davis brought her aboard. Her majestic 1964 Motown debut "Every Little Bit Hurts" made her an instant star, and her beguiling encores "I'll Always Love You," "When I'm Gone," "Operator," and "Just Look What You've Done" solidified her position at Hitsville, U.S.A. Holloway waxed the original "You've Made Me So Very Happy," which she wrote with her sister Patrice, Frank Wilson, and producer Berry Gordy; it was a sizable hit for her in 1967 before Blood, Sweat & Tears made the anthem theirs in '69.
Surf rock and roll, with it's rich history and distinct rhythm and tonal qualities, might be the most uniquely Southern Californian contribution to the musical lexicon. Yet in it's place of birth, there seem to be few bands interested in taking the challenge of living up to the exciting sonic legacy of the genre's pioneers.
However, in recent years, the South Bay trio, Bombón, not only seem interested in picking up the torch of this tremendously influential musical style, they also appear bent on pushing it well past it's traditional boundaries. Founded in San Pedro in 2009, the three ladies behind the band, Angela Ramos, Paloma
Bañuelos, and Jerico Campbell, have been working hard ever since to deliver their gospel of old style surf rock blended with '60s garage rock and DIY punk rock attitude far and wide. The last five years have seen the girls release an EP on Burger Records and an LP on 45 RPM Records. In addition, they perform prolifically locally, and have toured nationally alongside highly regarded Alabama ghost country performers, The Pine Hill Haints.
The band has also been featured in Razorcake Magazine, where they were described as, "A band that works on vastly different levels, yet comes together in a completely harmonious way," and the LA Record, who said that they, "Ride the line between the charm of Beach Blanket Bingo and the soundtrack that might accompany Link Wray surfing on a coffin."
Looking toward the future, the girls have a 7" on Ghoulhouse Records, a cassette on Burger Records, and a new full length on Arkam Records in the works, as well as slot on the bill of Burger's hotly anticipated Burger-A-Go-Go Festival followed by a jaunt up the West Coast with old partners in crime, The Pine Hill Haints. To say that Bombón has big plans for the rest of the year is an understatement, these girls are plotting a take over. If you've yet to bear witness to glory of the lovely Las Chicas Del Bombón, don't worry, your future is filled with plenty of opportunities.