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Los Lobos is an American rock band, heavily influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music. It all started when East L.A. natives David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez and Conrad Lozano decided to start a band. They started playing in their neighborhood at barbeques, parties, weddings and any other kind of event they could find. They were not very picky in terms of their payment, a case of beer or a tank of gas was fine as long as they got the chance to play. The band was originally called Los Lobos del Este Los Angeles (the Wolves of East Los Angeles), name that was used also as the title of their debut album.

Los Lobos were picked up by a major label and released their first major album in 1983. The highly acclaimed How Will the Wolf Survive? was produced by T-Bone Burnett. That album was followed by 1987’s By The Light of the Moon, featuring songs made famous by Ritchie Valens including the popular “La Bamba”. The band was amassing their share of success, but in 1988, the band saw commercial failure as their album, La Pistola y el Corazón (which presented a norteño style), sold poorly.

After touring for some time, Los Lobos released their album The Neighborhood in 1990, followed by Kiko in 1992, which was a very creative and experimental record. In 1995, they released Papa’s Dream, a record for children and also produced the score for the film Desperado. The highly acclaimed Colossal Head (1996) did not prevent the band for being dropped by Warner Brothers. Los Lobos returned, now under Hollywood Records, with This Time in 1999. Then, in 2002, they released Good Morning Aztlan followed by The Ride in 2004, both under Mammoth Records.

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