Thee Midniters were a highly acclaimed Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles with a devoted local following that became famous during the mid 1960s. Fronted by Willie Garcia (a.k.a. Little Willie G), who replaced Ray Jimenez in 1964 as lead singer, the band's ever-changing lineup also included, at various times, George Dominguez (lead guitar), Jimmy Espinoza (bass), Danny LaMont (drums), Roy Marquez (rhythm guitar), Larry Rendon (saxophone), George Salazar (drums), and musical arranger Romeo Prado (trombone). The band added the "Thee" to its name so as not to be confused with Hank Ballard's R&B group, The Midnighters.
Thee Midniters debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1965 with a live-recorded cover of "Land Of A Thousand Dances Part I," in which cheering crowds can be heard in the background. The band had one other hit later that year with the raucous instrumental, "Whittier Blvd.," which was most likely inspired by the street of the same name in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles near Salesian High School attended by most of the band members. Other songs for which Thee Midniters are well known include "The Ballad Of Cesar Chavez," "Chicano Power," "Dreaming Casually," and "The Town I Live In."
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- Whittier Blvd. 1965
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