Richard Bean & Sapo:
In the annals of Bay Area music, Malo's "Suavecito" will no doubt go down as the ultimate Latino love song. The San Francisco Latin rock group's 1972 hit featured the voice of Richard Bean, who wrote it. Today the longtime Hayward resident is still going strong with Sapo, now celebrating 40 years of performing his tune with the band he formed after leaving Malo.
Known as the greatest Chicano love song of all time, Malo's "Suavecito" is 40 years old this year. Malo's 1972 Top 20 hit single was written by timbale player Richard Bean, who initially wrote it as a poem for a girl in his high school algebra class. The song has also been called The Chicano National Anthem. "I have heard it so many times that it almost is part of my brain, I think Richard Bean (along with Pablo and Abel) really created a sweet Latin lovers anthem, the song is simple, like all great love songs and I think it is very romantic. Richard was/is a great songwriter with a very different aspect to his writing. I wonder how Malo would have fared had he and Abel stayed in the band. Well, Malo got a Top 20 Billboard hit that has lasted for 40 years and means a lot to Chicanos..." ~ Quote from Jim McCarthy writer for "Voices of Latin Rock" on his opinion of "Suavecito."
Forty years after its release, Bean is enjoying a new generation of fans who recognize his songwriting skills. The song that originated as a love letter that was never opened instead was intercepted by generations of listeners who continue to discover the joy of Bean's lyrics. "I think it has more meaning to the people who are listening to it now," said Bean. "To me, it's always been 'Suavecito.' I love that song. I don't think about the times when I wrote it. I just think about the people that are listening to it, that enjoy it, and the fact it's brought something to them."
Sol featuring Special Guest Rick Stevens:
Sol's infectious Latin beat warms the soul of all audiences and gets people dancing to the rhythms of Salsa and Latin rock. Led by the versatile singers Javier Claudio and Myrna Farias, Sol covers popular songs from Santana to Celia Cruz and Tito Puente to Tower of Power. The high energy band is driven by ten musicians including Latin percussionists and four horn players. Based in San Francisco, the birthplace of Latin rock, Sol continues the musical legacy of Carlos Santana and bands like Malo, Sapo, Azteca and War. The Sol musicians bring a diverse blend of influences from Latin, rock and jazz to create their own unique mix of Latin music for the 21st century. The sounds of Sol will warm your soul.
Rick Stevens' vocals first came to prominence when he sang on 'Sparkling in the Sand' from East Bay Grease, Tower of Power's first album on San Francisco Records. In 1972, he forever etched his place in music history with the memorable 'You're Still a Young Man,' from the album Bump City, which went top ten on the Billboard charts. His other signature tracks from that recording were 'What is Hip?' and 'Down to the Night Club,' which remain Tower of Power staples to this very day, 40 years later.
Third Sol was founded by Rudy Ramos Sr. After being on the local Top-40 circuit, Rudy found that most people liked the mix of Latin, Soul, R&B, including rock all mixed together into one genre. With Third Sol, he has blended the Latin, Funk, and Rock feel, taking it back to O'l skool when Latin & Funk were a vital part of the '70s music scene. Third Sol mixes all genres together, and will turn any party into a concert. This group takes it to new heights in today's music scene. Third Sol will often stage a horn section that compliments the blazing hot percussion section, that makes the Latin Funk feel a sound to remember!