Mando & The Chili Peppers

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        Fronted by Armando Almendarez (aka Mando), this San Antonio band was one of the few, if not the first, Mexican-American rock & roll groups in the late 1950s. They recorded some rare singles, and a very rare LP, for the Crest label, but never made anything more than a regional impact. Although the mere existence of a Mexican-American rock band in the pre-Ritchie Valens era is interesting, their actual music was competent but derivative R&B-soaked rock, with smoky sax breaks and M... Read more

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