Los Lobos

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Los Lobos

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 such as boleros and norteños.

Los Lobos released an independent EP in the late 1970s, and a second EP in 1983. Their first major label critically acclaimed release was 1984's T-Bone Burnett produced, How Will the Wolf Survive?. In the years that followed, Los Lobos released a followup album entitled By the Light of the Moon, and . It was also at that time that they recorded some Ritchie Valens covers for the soundtrack to the film La Bamba, including the title track which became a number one single for the band. In 1988 they followed with another album, La Pistola y el Corazón featuring original and classical norteño songs. Seen as akin to commercial suicide, the album sold poorly.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s the band toured extensively throughout the world, opening for such acts as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Los Lobos returned with The Neighborhood in 1990, and the creative and wildly experimental Kiko (produced by Mitchell Froom) in 1992. In 1991, the band contributed a lively cover of Bertha, a song which they often performed live, to the Grateful Dead tribute/rain forest benefit album Deadicated.

On the band's 20 year anniversary, they released a two CD collection of singles, out-takes, live recordings and hits entitled Just Another Band From East L.A.

In 1995, Los Lobos released the children's record Papa's Dream on Music for Little People Records. The band also scored the film Desperado and contributed tracks to several other soundtracks and tribute albums.

In 1996, the band released Colossal Head. In spite of the fact that the album was critically acclaimed, Warner Brothers decided to drop the band from their roster. Los Lobos spent the next few years on side projects.

Los Lobos signed to Hollywood Records in 1999, and released This Time. Hollywood also reissued 1977's Del Este de Los Angeles.

In 2000, Rhino/Warner Archives released the Cancionero: Mas y Mas box set.

In 2002, the band released their Mammoth Records debut, Good Morning Aztlan.

They released The Ride in 2004.

Los Lobos released its first full-length live-show DVD Live at The Fillmore in 2004. The DVD captures the band's act over a two-day period in July at the famed San Francisco venue.

Band members include David Hidalgo, Steve Berlin, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas, and Louie Pérez.

On the night of October 23, 1999, while the band was on tour, Sandra Rosas, wife of Cesar Rosas, was kidnapped from her house and she was never found again. Gabriel Gomez was accused and sentenced for her kidnapping and murder.

The Spanish name Los Lobos means The Wolves, but Lobos in Mexico are also people of mixed African and Amerindian racial descent, see Zambo.


  • ...And a Time to Dance, 1983
  • How Will the Wolf Survive?, 1984
  • La Bamba [Original Soundtrack], 1987
  • By the Light of the Moon, 1987
  • La Pistola y El Corazon, 1988
  • The Neighborhood, 1990
  • Kiko, 1992
  • Music For Papa's Dream, 1995
  • Colossal Head, 1996
  • This Time, 1999
  • Del Este de Los Angeles (Just Another Band From East L.A.), 2000
  • Good Morning Aztlán, 2002
  • The Ride, 2004de:Los Lobos (Band)

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