An article in the Jan. 8 issue of Los Angeles Times, "Eastside Record Label Still Spinning Out the Music", highlights the UCSB Library's collection of Eddie Davis photos, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Eddie Davis was founder and owner of Rampart Records, which produced what became known as the West Coast Eastside sound, featuring such groups as the Premiers, El Chicano, the Blendells, and Cannibal and the Headhunters, who opened for the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965. West Coast Eastside music fused Mexican and American influences, such as Latin, rhythm and blues, soul, and rock. Davis had dreams of it becoming the “Mexican American Motown.” Today, Rampart Records is run by Hector Gonzales, who came to UCSB in 2010 as a visiting artist-in-residence, sponsored by the Chicano Studies Institute and the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) in the UCSB Library.
Connect to the UCSB Library’s web page on the Eddie Davis West Coast East Side Sound Archives. It includes an online exhibit, streaming video of the documentary "Eddie Davis: The Westcoast Eastside Sound Story," and a guide to the collection.