Pachuco Boogie 

A new collection celebrates bandleader Don Tosti and the birth of Chicano R&B.

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Now, decades after the youthful, freewheeling recording sessions of the Pachuco era, Tosti says he's delighted to see his old songs back in print, and to have them appreciated by a new generation of music fans. He looks to the success of old-timers like Ruben Gonzales in Cuba after the release of the various Buena Vista Social Club albums and wonders if a similar revival of LA's Latin blues scene might also be around the corner. "It's very flattering," he laughs, "especially after being dormant for so many years. You know, Lalo Guerrero is still appearing in the zoot suits and singing the songs, and he's 85 years old. I can't do that -- I did it when I was young, and I did it well. But that was how I heard music, how I wrote it, and how I recorded it. So I'm glad that people are becoming aware that the Mexicans had that kind of influence and had high-class swing. Just listen to it: it may be a 52 year-old song, but it swings its ass, baby! It's sure better than a lot of the shit they're doing now!"

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