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Midniters Memories

Dancing, romancing to the sweet sounds of Little Willie G

By Amigos de LatinoLA
Published on LatinoLA: January 23, 2003


Midniters Memories


Eddie Rivera writes:
?I was walking up Avenue 45, back to Anne Marie Steele's house, (with Anne Marie Steele, of course) with her (?) copy of the Midniters Unlimited under my arm. Suddenly we were accosted by her ex, Andy Laguna, who rode up on his gold Schwinn Stingray bike. 'That's my album,' he said. 'It is not,' I said, stupidly. And the fight was on. It was a draw, and Andy became my closest friend. I hope he is at the House of Blues on Tuesday.?

Scott Lopez writes:
?I remember cruising ?Whittier Blvd.? with Huggie Boy playing ?Sad Girl.? This song soothed my broken heart as a teenager. But my favorite memory was when I first danced with the love of my life. Two "Strangers in the Night" dancing to the sweet voice of Willie G. Thanks for the memories! Long live Thee Midnighters!?

Ralph Kacy writes:
?I had just met my high school girlfriend Margie Chavez, who would later become my wife. We were both seniors at San Fernando High School when a friend of mine told me that our favorite band from East LA was coming to San Fernando Park to play. We got all dressed up and went to see the Midnighters that night. When Little Willie G began to sing ?That?s All? I looked into her eyes and sang along with Willie G. It was a wonderful romantic night I will never forget. She took my heart and my Midnighters album when she left. But I still have my memory of that night. Thank you Midnighters!?


Mary Laurent-Barela writes:
?This group brings out a lot of memories of my younger days of high school. When were young and though the world was ours. I remember dancing slow at the Montebello Ballroom with my sweethart, looking at Little Willie G. and thinking how good life was.?

Sally Meza writes:
?Sooooooo many memories, ?I can only give you love that lasts forever,? crooning and dancing close with my loved one at that time.....Rocking away with Whittier Blvd??

John Lopez writes:
?My wife and I met at a Midniters concert 35 years ago in East LA. Our only problem is we can't remember where... it could have been the Montebello Ball Room or The Kennedy Hall, but then it also could have been the Union. Whatever. The important thing is we met and I got her number and now 30 years of marriage later, we stll love Thee Midniters and Little Willie G! That's All!?


Nancy De Los Santos writes:
?I absolutely love the song ?That's All? - as sung by the Midniters so many midnights ago. ?I can only give you love that last forever...and a hand to hold when things begin to fall...that's all....that's all.? A couple of years ago I went to a concert, not realizing that the lead singer of the band had ?turned to God? and became Christian...He sang ?That?s All? with just as much love and fervor as he had in the past ? but the song felt different...then I realized ? he was singing about God...?


Lisa Hernandez writes:
?My favorite Midniters memory was attending a concert with my parents at the
Greek. Imagine seeing your parents dancing and two teenage girls. Embarrassed, watching their parents acting like teenagers. Nonetheless, we had a great time!?

Jose Madine writes:
?My favorite Midniter memory would be this Tuesday, because I would be able to remember ?Oh What A Night? because it will be my birthday this weekend, on
January 26, 2003.?

James M. Mendoza writes:
?Growing up in ELA during the 60's (Garfield 66) the Midniters' music was part of every party and cruise down the ?Main? (Whittier Blvd.). With ?Sad Girl.? ?That's All.? and ?The Town I Live In? playing in the background, many romances were started and just as many hearts were broken.?

Dionne Espinoza writes:
?I have two favorite Midniters memories: Since my father is from Lincoln Heights (c. late 50s & 60s) he grew up listening to this music. He and my mom used to
dance to this music when they were dating. As a result, I grew up hearing Thee Midniters. The songs reminds me of my parents and their lasting love of 36
years that still holds strong. I have to say honestly that my vision of romance has been someone who would sing the song ?That's All? to me...?I can only give
you love that lasts forever.? And by the way, I had a chance to hear Willie G. sing that song at Self Help Graphics last summer. It was one of those moments that will always remind me of what it feels like to be transported to another spiritual realm. I had chills.?

Eileen Martinez writes:
?My biggest Midniter Memory is ama?, papa, all the abuelos, tios and tias grinding down at the partys to ?That's All.? Everytime I hear a Midniters song played it brings back so many fond memories of mi familia. It's a memory that will always be with me.?

Moses Mora writes:
?It was 1965. The Summer of Love (1967) was 2 years away. The summer of 1965 belonged to all of the young Chicano bands collectively known as The East L.A. Revue. At least that's what they were billed as when they played the Roller Gardens in Oxnard. They were all there, Thee Midniters, Cannibal & The Headhunters, The Premieres, and the Salas Bros. with the Jaguars Band. I was 16 as was my sweetie, Joyce Savala. Oh what a night! Memories are made of stuff like this. The dancing, the laughing, the friendships. Did I mention the tears? Yeah, the tears: Lil' Willie G stole my girlfriend that night.?

Tonantzin Monica Nu?ez write:
?Going to the little town park in Reedley, Ca, where my family is from, and
watching my cousins play the ?Land of 1000 dances.? My cousin's have had an
oldie band called ATM BAND since I was growing up. My family is from Michoacan, Mexico, which means they are very short. (I take after my dad). I remember making fun, saying the song was called ?The Land of 1000 Enanitos? and the band was named A-T-M: All Those Midgets. Ha, ha, ha! Cruel I know, but dear to my heart.?

Victor Paul Cruz writes:
"I grew up listening to Thee Midniters. As a child, Thee Midniters played at my cousin's wedding at the Fabulous Kennedy Hall in East LA. I was about nine at the time and I couldn't wait to see them live. But typical of a Mexican wedding a fight broke out because uninvited people were rushing the door trying to get in. Needless to say my parents took me home, I cried. I'm 44 now and I'll cry like a child again if I don't win these tickets."

Dionne Esparza writes:
"I have two favorite Midniters memories: Since my father is from Lincoln Heights (c. late 50s & 60s) he grew up listening to this music. He and my mom used to
dance to this music when they were dating. As a result, I grew up hearing Thee Midniters. The song reminds me of my parents and their lasting love of 36 years that still holds strong. I have to say honestly that my vision of romance has been someone who would sing the song "That's All" to me..."I can only give you love that lasts forever." And by the way, I had a chance to hear Willie G. sing that song at Self Help Graphics last summer. It was one of those moments that will always remind me of what it feels like to be transported to another spiritual realm. I had chills."

Rose M. Murillo writes:
"My favorite memory of the Thee Midniters is when we were just a few years younger than now (ha! ha!) and we would hang out with friends, may it be at parties, get togethers, parks or where we were, our guy friends would sing all of the Midniters songs while we just got to listen and enjoy. My husband always has and still does sing 'Once in a While,' my favorite Midniters song."

Rich Ram?n writes:
?Warm August night in East Los, just finished a run of a CHICANO POWER play The Silver Dollar at the o.g. on WHITTIER BLVD. All of a sudden, word was Willie G and Thee Midniters were going to the big "O" in Eagle Rock, THE LAND OF A THOUSAND DANCES. Enchingas, everyone carpooled: to the 60, the 5, to the 110 - THAT'S ALL. Exciting: clear distant stars, romantic air and a family spirit warmed the night; DREAMING CASUALLY. We were going to see the Midniters. Didn't see Thee Midniters. We partied with Thee Midniters. We sang, danced y quien sabe. Had a ball. Young faces, older smiles; flashing back, a new love for God, great hope for all - actors, artists, lovers and friends. EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY. One night with the Midniters - IT'LL NEVER BE OVER FOR ME.?










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