Monday, January 7, 2019

From the Archives of Pueblo's La Cucaracha

San Juan
La Cucaracha - May 3, 1976

Band Members: Larry Montoya, Martin "Marto" Garcia, Bobby Montoya, and Frank Arvina

Larry Montoya was a former member of The Sting Reys, the Sunny Ozuna Orchestra, and the Rudy Guiterrez Orchestra. Martin Garcia played with the Rudy Guiterrez Orchestra (where he met Bobby and Larry Montoya, who aren't related). Frank Arvina was a former member of The Imperials.

I recently obtained a few old issues (1976-1980) of La Cucaracha, the local Pueblo newspaper, which served the Hispanic population of the city. Fantastic archival pictures of a handful of local bands, of the day. Check it out:

La Cucaracha - July 11, 1980

Burnt Mill Road
La Cucaracha - July 5, 1976
Band members: Martin Ortega, David Trujillo, Tony Ortega, and Joey Rodriguez

Band advertisement
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph
July 24, 1977

 The Quintana Brothers Band
La Cucaracha - Aug. 2 1976
Band Members: Robert, Dan and Bernie Quintana, Rex Romero and Dan Treanor (not pictured). 
Bernie was (briefly) a member of the San Juan Band. Dan Treanor was a former member of the Steel City Blues Band, Crooks and Hungry Bear, and Strange Cargo.

Henry and the Monterreys
La Cucaracha - Aug. 2 1976
Couldn't find much information on this group, minus the fact that Henry Gonzales was the leader, and they often played at the Red Rose Lounge (formerly the Latin Village).

Mighty Quick Band
La Cucaracha - Oct. 2, 1978
Band members: Dan Abeyta, Dennis Moore, Fred Tafoya, Paul Maldonado,  Clark Romero, Chris Castro, and Leroy Tafoya 
Former members of The Monterreys, La Plebe, CC & Company, and the Blue Mist. 

La Cucaracha - November 20, 1979
 Band Members: Greg Gomez,  Charles Gomez (formerly of the band, Abraxas), Dave Carleo, Joe Garcia, Albert Vargas, and Frank Montoya

 Scotch and Soda
 La Cucaracha - December 26, 1980

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these. I remember a lot of these people, from late 1960's, The Sting Reys at the Honeybucket. Larry Montoya was a hell of keyboard player. Were that photos that bad in the newspaper?