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Cannibal and the Headhunters


Cannibal and the Headhunters, originating from East Los Angeles, was known for being one of the first Mexican-American groups to have a national hit record, "Land of a Thousand Dances," recorded on the Rampart label. They were also the opening act on the Beatles' second American tour, backed up by the King Curtis Band.

They were the discovery of Rampart Records label owner and founder, Eddie Davis, and were part of a collection of Mexican-American musicians and singers in the 1960's, who pioneered the "East Side Sound" music of Los Angeles, a musical phenomenon of the time that attracted international attention. The group was founded by Richard "Scar" Lopez and Robert "Rabbit" Jaramillo in 1964; the other group members were Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia and Joe "Yo Yo" Jaramillo. The band was originally called "Bobby and the Classics." Barely out of high school, they came up from Ramona Gardens and Estrada Courts Housing Projects of East Los Angeles, and were inspired by African American doo wop groups in their neighborhoods. Article from wikipedia.