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'60s Eastside Flyers

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     Below are music charts from KRLA, one of the three major top 40 radio stations in Los Angeles in the 1960s, KFWB and KHJ being the other two.  These charts demonstrate the fact that Chicano artists, most from East L.A., shared the top 40 with major artists of the era such as The Beatles, The Supremes, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, James Brown, and Ray Charles.  Below each chart, I list the Chicano and East L.A. artists, their hit song title, and chart position.

60s KRLA Radio Charts
 


KRLA Charts- May 14- 22, 1964

#5 "Farmer John"- The Premiers
#22 "Only the Young"- The Champs
#36 "What Have I Got of My Own"- Trini Lopez

 


August 24, 1964

#3 "La La La La La"- The Blendells
#22 "Angelito"- Rene & Rene
#43 "Robot Walk"- Pat & Lolly Vegas

 


October 12, 1964

#40 "Gee Baby Gee"- The Sisters

 

 
February 5, 1965

#19 "Land of a Thousand Dances"- Cannibal & the Headhunters
#24 "Land of a Thousand Dances"- The Midnighters

 


February 7-13,1965

#4 "Land of a Thousand Dances"- Cannibal & the Headhunters
#8 "Land of a Thousand Dances"- The Midnighters
#45 "Lemon Tree"- Trini Lopez

 


February 21-27, 1965

#4 "Land of a Thousand Dances"- Cannibal & the Headhunters
#16 "Land of a Thousand Dances"- The Midnighters
#31 "Lemon Tree"- Trini Lopez



June 5-11, 1965

#2 "Wooly Bully"- Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
#25 "Whittier Blvd."- Thee Midniters

 


June 12-18, 1965

#4 "Wooly Bully"- Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
#19 "Whittier Blvd."- Thee Midniters

 


June 26- July 2, 1965

#8 "Whittier Blvd."- Thee Midniters
#10 "Wooly Bully"- Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs


     Below are music charts from KFWB and KHJ, otwo of the three major top 40 radio stations in Los Angeles in the 1960s, KRLA being the other.  These charts demonstrate the fact that Chicano artists, most from East L.A., shared the top 40 with major artists of the era such as The Beatles, The Supremes, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, James Brown, and Ray Charles.  Below each chart, I list the Chicano artists, their hit song title, and chart position.

60s KFWB and KHJ Radio Charts
 


KFWB Charts- December 6, 1958

#1 "Donna"- Ritchie Valens

 


KHJ Charts- July 9, 1965

#14 "Whittier Blvd."- The Midnighters
#23 "Wolly Bully"- Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

 


KHJ Charts- July 6, 1966

#1 "Lil' Red Riding Hood"- Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
#25 "The More I See You- Chris Montez
#28 "Love Special Delivery"- Thee Midniters

 

Radio Station Ads from the Era

 

 

 


     Below are cards provided by the three record stores on Whittier Blvd. in East Los Angeles in the 1960s.  The stores may have stayed open beyond that decade, but the 60s was the "Golden Age" of the "Eastside Sound" and Whittier Blvd. was at the heart of it.  All three stores were on the main strip for cruising from Ford Blvd on the west to Atlantic Blvd on the east.  On that strip we also shopped for our clothes and shoes and went to movies at one of the three theaters, the Boulevard, the Center, and the Golden Gate.  The record stores that we all went to were Story Music, the Record Inn, and the Record Rack.  At those stores we would buy the latest recordings by local East L.A. bands, as well as the other hits of the day.  The cards below were given for each 45 rpm record bought.  With ten cards we would get a free record.
 

 

    

 

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