Los Straitjackets is a Nashville based band known primarily for performing instrumental surf music. Members include guitarists Eddie Angel and Danny Amis, bassist Pete Curry, and drummer Jason Smay. They use DiPinto guitars.
Angel, Amis and Jimmy Lester formed The Straitjackets in 1988 in Nashville. They played several gigs during the summer of that year, but soon broke up.
In 1994, they reformed as Los Straitjackets, adding bass player Scott Esbeck.
The Chambers Brothers
American rock-soul group. Best remembered for their 1968 hit “Time Has Come Today”.
Little Willie G. (Voice of thee Midniters)
50 Year Anniversary of Forever Changes, performed in its entirety with strings and horns!
American pop singer, born on January 17, 1943 in Los Angeles.
Two-thirds of The Honeys, the two sisters Marilyn and Diane Rovell, also formed the group Spring (9) (known outside the US as American Spring, due to another band with the same name).
In the late sixties, Davie Allan & The Arrows carved their niche in the musical history books with an array of classic instrumentals and two dozen motion picture soundtracks. The most notable of the movies was Roger Corman's cult classic The Wild Angels plus Devil's Angels, The Glory Stompers (Dennis Hopper) and Born Losers (the film that introduced the character Billy Jack). Some of the other 60's "B" films were Riot On Sunset Strip, Thunder Alley, The Angry Breed, Mary Jane, Teenage Rebellion, Hellcats, Mondo Hollywood, The Wild Racers, Wild in The Streets, The Golden Breed, Skaterdater and The Hard Ride.
1990's film and TV work includes includes Jim Jarmusch's Night On Earth, Roger Corman's Not Like Us and MTV's Road Rules. In 2004, a tune was in an episode of HBO's The Sopranos plus another tune was in Christmas With The Kranks and tunes were featured in Tarantino's Hell Ride and Inglourious Basterds in 2008.
In 1996, they did a 12-city tour of Europe and in 1999 they did a 16-city east coast tour of the United States. In 2004, they played at festivals in New York, Atlanta and Spain plus Halloween in San Francisco. Also, a west coast tour in 2007 plus a tour in Texas in February 2008; the Oneida Casino in Green Bay (Nov '08 and '09) and various venues in '09 and '10 plus the "Guitar Geek Festival" in January 2011 and various dates in 2012. Plus volume #4 of my Retrophonic CD series is in the works for 2013.
In 1994, the critically acclaimed recording Loud, Loose and Savage (Top 10 CD pick ... San Francisco Chronicle, Guitar Player and Bam) brought back the "cycle-delic" sounds of cult legend Davie Allan.
In 1999, they won the "LA Weekly Music Award" for Best Instrumental Band.
LA Reader: "...perhaps the closest thing you'll ever hear to a combination of Link Wray, Dick Dale and Henry Mancini..."
Rolling Stone: "...the boss hogs of biker flick soundtracks..."
Gearhead: "...the undisputed king of the fuzz guitar..."
LA Weekly: "...Allan conjures rock and roll quintessence with masterful skill..."
Big Jay McNeely
b. April 29, 1927 in Watts, California
An influential tenor saxophonist, Big Jay McNeely formed a band with Sonny Criss (alto sax) and Hampton Hawes (piano) while he was still in high school in the mid-1940s. In 1948 he began recording for Savoy Records, scoring a #1 R&B hit with "Deacon's Hop" in 1949. He pioneered a raucous, honking style of playing, and his acrobatic stage antics were well known. While performing, he would often leave the stage and play from the audience or on top of the bar. In the 1950s he performed with vocal groups, then retired from the music business in the early 1960s. In 1983 he began performing again.
Brother of Bob McNeely.