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5 Essential Chicano Soul Tracks Every San Antonian Should Know By Heart

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Henry & The Kasuals
“Forever”
Cobra Records

Another 45 that gets your attention right from the drop features front-man Henry ‘Pepsi’ Pena – the hardest working man in Chicano Soul – yesterday and today. “Forever” was recorded for the legendary Cobra record label and is a cover of the Marvelettes’ “Darling Forever.”


Doc & Sal
“Laughing to Keep From Crying”
Dynamic Records

Recorded for the Dynamic record label, “Laughing to Keep from Crying” was issued as a fierce double-sider 45 with “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” on the flip. Both tunes written by the legendary Ricky Davila (KEDA 1540AM).


Little Jr. Jesse & The Teardrops
“Ain’t No Big Thing”
Dynamic Records

Originally recorded by the Radiants in 1965, “Ain’t No Big Thing” has become a soul staple and interpreted by quite a few different artists. Here, one time radio DJ, Little Jr. Jesse, is with his Teardrops unleashing what could be one of the definitive versions. Side note: peep Esteban Jordan’s version for a killer alternative.

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