Thee Midniters were amongst the first Chicano pop stars group to have a famous super hit songs in the era of 1950 to 1960.
As the Low rider culture began to emerge in East Los Angeles, so too did the musical sound that would eventually define this up and coming movement. Filled with cruise nights, social dances, and parties at the park, East Los Angeles became the place to be during this time period. The Zoot Suit era and Pacheco movements were transforming themselves into a new culture now, a culture filled with custom automobiles and positively, and a culture in desperate need of a new soundtrack that reflected this social change. This culture, now known as Low riding is indeed our religion, and three historical musical groups make up the early trinity of our musical background. These invaluable contributors to Low rider culture are: Thee Midniters, Cannibal and the Headhunters, and legendary Latino balladeer Chris Monte. The music from these three camps became the theme music for East Los Angeles, and was heard pouring out of every car, truck, home, and restaurant in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Thee Midniters began their musical career in the 1960’s using a blend of timbales, horns, congas, keyboards, and electric guitars to define a new, distinctively Chicano rock sound. Led by band leader and vocalist Willie Garcia, Thee Midniters became a soulful entity and force to be reckoned with on the local music scene. “Little Willie G” as he was known, won crowds over with his plaintiff wailing, bringing out the heart and soul of any song he sang. Guitarist George Dominguez was ahead of his time as a guitar player, forming riff s and progressions that would later influence Chicano groups like Los Lobs, and drummer George Salazar provided the masterful back beat for this ground breaking group. Thee Midniters rose to fame thanks to jarring live performances of local favorites, and George Salazar’s live drumming on this songs alone was reason enough to go see this group in concert. They had the chops of a group like Chicago, but stayed true to their local roots.