The Chicano Movement Through Music and Fine Arts

Emmy Award-winner Hector A. Gonzalez spreads the word in Texas

By Steven Chavez
Published on LatinoLA: October 2, 2008

The Chicano Movement Through Music and Fine Arts

Hector A. Gonzalez will be in Odessa, Texas from October 8 ÔÇô 12, 2008 to give a series of lectures titled "History of the Chicano Movement Through Music and the Fine Arts." This program is sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Department of Spanish, and the Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Emmy Award Winner, Hector A. Gonzalez began his career in the Entertainment Industry in 1976 as a Recording Artist for Rampart Records and as the leader and bass player for the band, "Eastside Connection". Under Hectors' Musical Direction, a student of the legendary studio bass player, Chuck Rainey, the band garnered a strong reputation in the United Kingdom and Canada with their song, "You're So Right For Me" (1977) which was chosen by Billboard Magazine on September 10th, 1977 as the recommended "Top Soul Single Pick of The Week". The group scored an additional hit record a year later with, "Frisco Disco" (1978). Both of these songs charted on the National Billboard Top 40 Disco charts. "Frisco Disco" has been sampled by various Rap & Hip Hop Artists including, "ONYX" and "SLICK RICK". The song, "Frisco Disco" was also performed as part of a DJ tribute with Grand Master Flash and Kid Capri on VH1's 2005 Hip Hop Honors. Their original 1979 album, "Brand Spanking New" was recently released in Japan.

Hector began his career in television in 1980 at the ABC Television Network (Television Center) as an Audio Engineer working on such productions as Barney Miller, American Bandstand, the Lawrence Welk Show, the Annual Academy Awards, Good Morning America (GMA) and the ABC Network News Bureau. In 1985, He was nominated and won his first Emmy Award for the 1984 Summer Olympics and ABC Sports.

In 1987, Hector went on to work for Bill Cosby Productions on the show, "A Different World" and began his career in Spanish Television working for Univision. Later that same year, Hector began working for the CBS Television Network (Television City) earning several additional Emmy Nominations for the game shows, "Win, Lose, or Draw" and "The Price is Right".

In 1994, Hector became the heir to the Eddie Davis Recording and Publishing Estate, The Rampart Record Group and the Faro Music Publishing Group (A Division of Gordo Enterprises). He relinquished his position at CBS Television City to administer these companies and license a vast music catalog dating back to 1958 for CD compilations, Film and Television. Since 1960, Rampart Records has been devoted almost exclusively to the development of Mexican American Talent known on the West Coast as "The Eastside Sound".

In 1998, Hector went from working behind the scenes to working in front of the camera as the Musical Director for the Telemundo Network Television Show, "Al Dia Con Maria Conchita" starring actress and singer, Maria Conchita Alonso. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and appeared on the CBS Soap Opera, "The Young & the Restless" as Fernando Cedilla.

Hector is the Producer for the Musical Documentary, "The History of the West Coast Eastside Sound", featuring East Los Angeles Chicano Rock Legends of the 60's. He recently produced, "The Complete Rampart Recordings of Cannibal and the Headhunters" and "Rockin' the Barrio", both CD compilations for Varese Sarabande and Rampart Records. Hector also provided the period source music for the HBO film, "Walk Out" set in East Los Angeles, California in 1968 and "The Hunting Party" with Richard Gere (2007).

In 2006, Hector received his Academic Eminence from the Los Angeles Community College District and Educational Policies Advisory Committee along with the District Academic Senate to teach Broadcast Technology and Ethnic Studies. He currently teaches, "Chicanas/os in Film" at East Los Angeles College.

For a more detailed agenda of the presentations and for more information on the presentations scheduled for October 8 ÔÇô 12, 2008, please contact the Office of Student Life at (432) 552-2650, the Department of Spanish at (432) 552-2308, or the Office of Continuing Education at (432) 552-2555. This program is free of charge and open to the public.

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