HOSTED BY XAVIER THE XMAN
XAVIER THE XMAN
If you have ever heard someone say something unkind about Xavier “The X-Man”®, call us now because it would be the first. He is truly one of the nicest and most sincere, down to earth people you will ever know. You can feel it just by listening to his radio show. Honest! His love and concern for his fans are so real. It shows when he answers the phone, promotes his radio stations with a personal appearance, reads a letter from a listener, or shares a dedication. There’s nothing not to like about Xavier “The X-Man”®.
After seeing his name in print, it’s easier to figure out why he’s called Xavier “The X-Man”… though it looks it would be pronounced “Zavier” or “X”avier. Xavier’s mother decided to pronounce it Javier in memory of her brother. Up until age ten, Xavier didn’t know the origin of his name until his mother told him that she had been reading a book of saints and came upon the name of Saint Frances Xavier, so she gave her son the name.
He was born in Fort Ord, California and grew up in a “MexiPino/FiliXican” household (Xavier’s mother is Mexican and father is Filipino) in East Salinas where he attended Alisal High and learned radio at KHDC 90.9fm, a community radio station until going off to college at San Jose State University. During college, he worked at KSJS and programmed a show called RADIO AZTLAN (The Brown Berets of the Airwaves), he also held on air gigs at KHQT Hot 97 in San Jose as well as 102.5 KDON in Salinas. His studies at SJSU earned him a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with a minor in Radio/TV/Video & Film. After college, he launched his career in San Francisco at WILD 94.9 as the Host of “Turn Off the Lights” and “Xavier The X-Man’s® Sunday Night Oldies Show”. After being number one for several years Xavier landed a job in Los Angeles at Mega 100 LA’s Jammin Oldies. A two-year run there landed him a new time slot (afternoons) and Assistant Program Director role in San Diego at MAGIC 92.5 “San Diego’s Old School”. Xavier can now also be heard on 105.1 K-OCEAN, “Your Generations Old School” in mornings on “THE X-MAN’S MORNING SHOW”. There’s no denying that he’s a busy man, filling up the air waves with his radio shows up and down the west coast, but he truly loves it!
Today, Xavier likes to dance a lot! Put on some music, Old School, Salsa, Cumbias, Rancheras, Tex-Mex, Swing, it doesn’t matter, the guy can move! But just don’t ask him to enter a dance contest- because he hasn’t had the guts to yet.
Xavier also loves to golf. He’s got the muscle to drive a ball 250 yards, but says it’s not about strength. It’s about hitting the ball straight. His goal with this sport is to play every golf course in California . And here’s something else “The X-Man” can’t turn down a golf challenge. Try it. He’ll probably meet you the next day.
The X-Man also has a big LOVE for Lowriders & the Lowrider Lifestyle. His lover affair for Lowriders started at the early age of seven when his neighbor asked him to help him wash his Chevy Bomb. That pretty much started it; he was hooked. He appreciates all things on wheels, including Customs and Hot Rods but his first love are Lowriders. He has two of his own called “Doing It To Death”, a 1961 Chevy Impala Convertible & “Mal Hecho”, a 1951 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe. His cars have been featured in Lowrider Magazine & Impala Magazine. He was also featured on the Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip” explaining the Lowrider Culture and the “California Burrito”. Be on the lookout for his cars at the next car show or on the streets-he’s always crusin’.
On the more serious side of Xavier, you’ll find his intense love of the community, doing much of his outreach in the Latino and Filipino communities, with a special passion for giving to children’s causes. It’s genuine, the real deal. You can find him at community events big or small helping make a positive change in the community, from being the MC or just showing up to support the events or announcing them on his radio shows. He even loves going to schools to spread the message of the importance of going to college. Incredible that the guy is not running for a political office!
Don’t be surprised if in the future you hear “The X-Man” on stations across America. His own syndicated Oldies show is slowly spreading across the country and can be heard in San Diego, Phoenix, Santa Maria, & Bakersfield.
JOHNNY HERNANDEZ (ONE HALF OF LITTLE JOE JOHNNY Y LA FAMILIA)
JOHNNY HERNANDEZ At the tender age of 15, Johnny began sitting in with his Brother's Band, Little Joe & The Latinaires and other professional guest bands from out-of-town.
At the age of 17, while Johnny was working with Bridge Builder Co. in Fort Worth, Texas, his brother Jesse drafted him into the band. While attending a recording session with the band in San Antonio, Texas, at which time the song "Ramona", written by his Brother Jesse, and "Little Girl Of My Dreams", written by his Brother Little Joe were to be recorded, Johnny was asked to record the vocals on the spot.
Later that year, Johnny recorded "Por Un Amor. This was to be a historic day, as "Por Un Amor" went on to become a major hit, launching Little Joe and the Latinaires to a national status. (Por Un Amor, the album/CD has sold over 1.5 Million units since then and continues to be one of the most requested songs to date). This was the beginning of his lifelong musical career with Little Joe and the Latinaires, now known as "Little Joe y La Familia".
Johnny's signature song "Por Un Amor" went on to be the first of many hits for Johnny Hernandez.
Performing over twenty four years with Little Joe Y La Familia, Johnny was, and continues to be a a vital part or the history of hat has become known as Little Joe y La Familia. Little Joe Johnny y La Familia are considered by many historians to be major pioneers and trailblazers of Tejano / Chicano Music.
Johnny was actually the lead or the only vocalist on most of the big hits from Little Joe Johnny y La Familia. Hits like El Rebelde, Por Un Amor, Total, Por Una Mujer Casada, Cartas Marcadas and of course the Chicano National Anthem, "Las Nubes".
Johnny left Little Joe Johnny y La Familia in the Mid 80's to record such hits as "Canta,Canta", "Poquita Fe" and "Rancho Grande". Johnny still continues to record as well as tour all over the world.with his band. Johnny currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.
LITTLE JOE HERNANDEZ AND JOHNNY HERNANDEZ
ONE HALF OF THIS DUO LITTLE JOE JOHNNY AND THE LATINAIRES, JOHNNY HERNANDEZ WHO PUT OUT SO MANY CLASSIC HITS WILL BE ON THE CHICANO CLASSICS CRUISE 2019
JOE JAMA FROM THE ROYAL JESTERS
JOE JAMA: SINGER FOR "THE ROYAL JESTERS" AS WELL AS A VERY SUCCESSFUL SOLO CAREER.
Joe Jama, along with singers David Marez and Henry Hernandez, is forever linked with the highly danceable Brown Power anthem “Yo Soy Chicano"
“Chicano” was considered a dirty word by many. But then again, Jama (the soul singer and bassist born Joe Perales) will tell you that he was always attracted to the dirtier, grittier, funkier side of the R&B groove.
Well, almost always.
There was that early Beatles infatuation in junior high with friend Fred Lozano in the Revells, fab teens that worked up a Spanish version of “She Loves You.”
Before the Beatles, his mother bought him a “record book” of Elvis Presley 45 singles and he “played the hell out of those songs every day.” But that's another story.
Jama's real education came in the bars and at dances watching heavyweight bass players Jimmy Casas and Jack Barber. That's because the heart of the funk lives in the bottom end and Jama was no casual student of the groove.
“Those were the two guys that I idolized back then,” Jama said. “I would check them out, watching all the licks they were doing. I'd remember them when I went back home, and I'd teach myself.”
Jama is proudest of classic records such as the bilingual remake of Chicago's “Happy Man,” his soulful jab at Rene & Rene's “Angelito,” his first record with the Royal Jesters, the original song called “I Got Soul” and the Eptones' “A Love That's Real” (recorded at legendary Sugar Hill Studio in Houston).
“Those are some of my all-timers,” said Jama, who joined the Royal Jesters in 1968 where he got his nickname.
He credits producer Manny Guerra for suggesting “Angelito.” “I did it more like a soul thing,” he said. “I didn't want to do it like Rene & Rene.”
“I like ‘Happy Man' nicer than the original,” adds DJ Plata a.k.a. Eddie Hernandez, who routinely spins Jama vinyl.
Onstage, he has one goal — make the people happy. “When I see the people moving and grooving to my music, I get that good feeling inside, and I know that I'm making them feel good for that night,” said Jama.
Jama says that his diabetes is in check. But the vascular disease has took a toll on his kidneys, joints, nerves, eyesight and extremities. He is doing great now after having a kidney transplant a few years ago.
“I don't have as much stamina as I used to, and my voice control is not as sharp as it used to be, But I'm learning how (to make it work),” said Jama.
“My hands are not as flexible as they used to be. I can't play as fast as I used to. I'm not ashamed. It's just something I have to deal with. I got myself into this condition. I'm trying to give the people the best of me that I've got left.”
But the music remains.
“Twenty-five years ago, I thought I was invulnerable. Now, I'm starting to realize you get old, man.”
Joe Jama was a singer with "The Royal Jesters" with hits like "Yo Soy Chicano", "Chicanita", "My Life" and too many more to mention.. Joe also had a very popular solo career with hits like, "Cosas De La Vida", "Soy Feliz", "Sleep Late My Lady Friend", "Besame Mucho" and again too many to mention.
AUGUSTIN RAMIREZ "LA LEY DE TEJAS"
AUGUSTIN RAMIREZ: GRAMMY AWARD WINNER AND CHICANO LEGEND AUGUSTIN RAMIREZ IS ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL TIMES. SINGER AND SONGWRITER OF MANY MANY CLASSIC HITS IN CHICANO MUSIC HE IS OFTEN CALLED "LA LEY DE TEJAS".
Augustin Ramirez has estabilished himself as one of the most popular singers in Tejano music. “El Guti” as he is known to his many fans, has become an icon in Tejano music. He was born in Lockhart, Texas, a small town 30 miles south of Austin.
Augustin’s musical career began at an early age performing with groups like Cisco Rangel y Los Jesters, Los Dominoes, Fred Salas, Los Latinos and Roy Montelongo, before starting his own band. Since his first recording “Ojitos Traviesos”, Augustin’s popularity and unique style of singing has earned him a large following.
Augustin has composed a long list of original songs such as “Ruina de Mi Corazon”, :intro Una Paloma”, “Sangre de Indio”, and “Tres Ramitas” just to name a few. Augustin’s classic inspiration song “Las Tres Ramitas” was recorded by the Hometown Boys in 1995, and was nominated and won “Best Song of the Year” at the Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio.
Augustin has been in the music business for over fifty years, has recorded over 80 albums and has also been recognized for his contribution to Tejano music on several occasions. In 1997, he was inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame. In 2000, he won his first grammy award for “Best Tejano Album” with his participation in the “The Legends”, a collaborative effort with Tejano music legends Sunny Ozuna, Freddy Martinez & Carlos Guzman.
Augustin is currently performing throughout the state of Texas and surrounding states with both The Legends, as well as his own group.
RICHARD BEAN, MALO'S ORIGINAL SINGER AND SONGWRITER OF THE HIT SONG, "SUAVECITO"
Little about the first few moments of "Suavecito" suggests that it's a cultural touchstone: The electric guitar drizzles watery chords over a basic conga rhythm, a trombone moans somberly, a chorus of male voices arrives to sing a few "Laaaah-aah-aahs" as the music swells to a slow, sunny groove. Initially, it doesn't even sound like a hit. It's slow, languid, a little sleepy, especially at the beginning. It doesn't demand your attention at all, it coaxes attention out of you. But then, maybe that's why it became what it did.
The song, released in 1972 by the San Francisco Latin rock band Malo, began as a love poem that singer and timbale player Richard Bean wrote for a girl he had a crush on at Mission High School. (She never read the poem, but she did break his heart.) After its release on Malo's Warner Bros. debut album, "Suavecito" slowly rose to No. 18 on the Billboard singles chart, launching Malo to national recognition. But the band never had another big single, making "Suavecito" a classic one-hit wonder, a '70s obscurity from the Santana era.
For Americans of Mexican descent, however, "Suavecito" is iconic, a core piece of a shared culture. Released at a time when Chicanos were struggling for basic rights and recognition in the U.S., "Suavecito" is a symbol of unity still widely played and enjoyed today. The song — whose 40th anniversary is celebrated with a show at Slim's this week — has even been dubbed the Chicano national anthem.
"It's part of our social DNA," says Eduardo Arenas, bassist in Los Angeles Latin soul-rock band Chicano Batman. "It's like a universal thing. You don't grow up wanting to listen to it — you're already listening to it."
"I don't necessarily know if it's the national anthem, but if it's not, it sure as hell is pretty close," says San Francisco DJ Vinnie Esparza. "If someone said that to me, I'd have a pretty weak argument against it."
The song's power lies as much in the music itself as in its particular history. "Suavecito" means "soft" or "smooth" in Spanish; appropriately, the arrangement melds the easygoing melodies of soul, the psychedelic atmospheres of San Francisco rock, and the traditional rhythms of Latino music into an understated, glowing six minutes. "Suavecito" is ebullient and easygoing; it is, as Chicano Batman's Arenas says, "a Sunday afternoon classic... it's synonymous with the smell of lighter fluid over Kingsford charcoal."
The lyrics are romantic almost to the point of corniness. And that's part of the appeal. "The feeling, the feeling that I have inside for you/ 'Cause ever since the day I met you/ I knew that you were my dream come true," coos Bean, his words still redolent of teenage infatuation. But probably the most memorable vocal in "Suavecito" is the "Laaaah-aah-aah" that begins the first and third verse. You've probably heard them before, whether in the original song or sampled elsewhere. (Sugar Ray made thorough use of them on 1999's pop-rock juggernaut "Every Morning.")
Along with being ridiculously easy to enjoy, "Suavecito" also put Chicano musicians in a place they had rarely been at the time: on the Billboard charts. Santana had landed a No. 13 single in 1970 with "Oye Como Va" — but that's a cover of a Tito Puente song, so its heritage is Puerto Rican. It wasn't written by Chicanos living in El Norte. "Suavecito," when it became a surprise hit, was just that. And it had a Santana on lead guitar — Carlos' immensely skilled brother Jorge — to boot. Malo's debut album, with its wordless cover depicting an Aztec warrior cradling a princess, made the heritage of the group clear.
"There was no denying what that record was," Esparza says. "They basically waved the Chicano flag pretty high. As a fan of music and as someone who happens to be Chicano, I really appreciate that they did that."
Arenas agrees, saying the song is a major symbol of Chicano pride: "That's us, that's our people right there, representing, up in a mix on a big old label," he says.
Bean, who now lives in Hayward, has his own story about the power of "Suavecito" from a large concert he once played at a park in Los Angeles. When his band began the song, two "big guys" went behind the stage and began waving a large Mexican flag. "I mean, it was like huge," Bean remembers. Security tried to interfere, but the men continued waving the flag throughout the song, while the crowd stood and cheered. "It kind of made me teary-eyed," Bean says. "It just meant so much to me when I saw that."
Unfortunately, the singer and co-writer of "Suavecito" didn't last long enough in Malo to get much of a taste of its success. Bean parted with the group before Malo went on its first national tour; he was pushed out, he says, for not being a strong enough timbale player. Thus, "a lot of people never got to see who really sang the song."
Though it was four decades ago, Bean can still remember the first time he heard the song on the radio, in San Francisco on a rainy day.
"I hear it come on the radio and I was by myself, driving, and the windshield wipers and stuff were flapping, and I go, 'Hey, that's cool!'" Bean laughs. "When you write a song, you think it's all good, so you never really know. When you hear it on the radio — then you know you got something."
Even on that day, though, Bean had no idea just what he'd got.
Jorge Alejandro Knott is not just another good looking singer among the hundreds of hopefuls that struggle to get a foothold in the market. Alejandro is a fresh talent, a singer/songwriter who performs with sincerity and conviction. Anyone can work hard enough to become an artist, songwriter or musician and perhaps even a producer. All these professions need dedication and work. When someone earns all these titles it is a solid indication of talent. Throughout his career, Alejandro has earned the admiration of his fellow recording artists. His reputation as a top songwriter and astute producer has led to work with such luminaries as Marco Antonio Soliz, Los Bukis, Mazz, David Lee Garza and Michael Salgado. They all recognize his talent as a storyteller and sharp producer. Jorge Alejandro, who has been singing since he was 11, brings a heartfelt understanding to the lyrics in his music, whether it’s a cover by a pop singer or one of his original ballads. Intrigued by the challenge of producing new music, Jorge Alejandro considers himself a serious student of music in general and lyrical ballads in particular He’s spent countless hours listening to his heroes from the legend Jose Jose to his idol Emmanuel. Concentrating on how these greats vary in their delivery Jorge Alejandro practiced what he heard, working his vocal chords to produce the varying vocal inflections that evoke pain, desolation love and devotion. “It’s not something that cones easy,” Jorge Alejandro admits, “You just have to keep working at it, going over the lyrics again and again. Sometimes it helps to close your eyes and imagine what it is the storyteller, or you know, the guy is going through, when he is talking about, say , remembering when he was with her.” Jorge Alejandro admit some of his original lyrics come from personal experience. “The things that happen to us in everyday life can be a source of inspiration, whether it’s the excitement of meeting someone new, or facing the pain of losing, darkness and solitude.” A smooth song stylist, Jorge Alejandro can also bend notes effortlessly to give his cover songs a new interpretation. On stage he is in total concentration where his genuine, down to earth personality always shines through.