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A look back at Lalo’s nightclub, once the hangout of East LA

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A Pizza Hut is now in the same spot where Lalo’s Night Club was operated.

Few people who drive past a Pizza Hut on Cesar Chavez and Marianna today know that it was the hottest place in East LA for a brief period in the 50s and 60s. In the structure was Lalo’s nightclub, where Lalo Guerrero, the father of Chicano music, lived.

“Everyone went to Lalo,” recalls the oldest son of the musician and interpreter Dan Guerrero, who is himself a producer, author and performer. “Celebrities from Mexico would come and go to Lalo. Locals too. “

A black and white photo of the politician Ed Roybal on stage with the older Guerrero confirms this statement.

Lalo was born in Tucson in 1916 and began traveling in the 1930s to perform on Olvera Street. After the musician married his high school sweetheart, his family moved to East Los Angeles, where they eventually settled in a house on McDonnell Avenue.

Guerrero and his band toured the Southwest twice a year. The rest of the time he played in the Paramount Ballroom in Boyle Heights.

In 1955, Guerrero had a huge hit with “The Ballad of Pancho Sánchez,” a parody of the theme song from the television series “Davy Crockett”, which sold half a million times. It was one of many songs that recorded Mexican-American life in the United States.

With the money from Pancho Sánchez, he opened his own club. “My dad and mom decided why we make the Paramount people rich,” said Dan.

Having no business experience, the guerreros worked with a Spaniard who ran other nightclubs. This turned out to be a disaster and the guerreros went out of business. Lalo’s stayed open, but without his headliner of the same name it flopped.

Lalo Guerro's Club souvenir photo album

A souvenir photo album from Lalo Guerrero’s Club.

A few years later, the Guerreros decided to restart the club on what was then Brooklyn Avenue themselves.

“Lalo’s as we know it opened on October 27, 1960,” said Dan. It was only open Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons – for tardedas. There was an entrance fee and a strict dress code. His father chatted, his mother Margaret ran the club.

“The second time they opened that door, that was it. They couldn’t get into this place. It was full every minute it was open, ”Dan said.

One of his favorite memories is celebrating his 21st birthday in 1961 – the first time he was allowed to visit his father’s club. His friends Carlos Almaraz and Frank Romero, who became important Chicano painters, can be seen with him in a picture from another visit.

Unfortunately the club closed in 1963 when his parents divorced and Lalo couldn’t run the place on his own.

Dan said it was hard to think of Lalo Guerrero’s legacy without remembering East Los Angeles and those years at Lalo.

“My father wasn’t just one [celebrity]People loved him, ”he said. “Everyone felt at home at Lalo. It was the hub. It was short lived, but it was excellent. “

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Dan Guerrero, third from right, with a group of friends, including artists Carlos Almaraz and Frank Romero, at his father’s club.

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In East Los Angeles, the number of new cases increased by nearly 2,000 in the past seven days, topping the 20,000 mark this week.

Here are the latest East LA numbers:

  • 200 new cases were reported on Tuesday.
  • As of Tuesday, a total of 20,323 cases had been reported in the community.
  • 29 new deaths have been reported in the past seven days. The total number of deaths is now 221.

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According to news from that period, after getting off a bus in downtown LA on August 31, 1985 and being identified in Boyle Heights by his mug shot on the front pages of all newspapers, Ramírez came across and was discovered by some backyards in East LA beat him to neighbors on Hubbard Street before LAPD officers caught up with him. He was charged, convicted, and sentenced to death of 13 murders, but died in a hospital of natural causes in 2013. The Los Angeles Times visited the neighborhood where he was caught and spoke to neighbors who witnessed the capture.


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The number of murders is the highest since 2008, when 23 were reported in east LA.

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