El Chicano was a "Chicano soul" band (also known as brown-eyed soul") that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1970. That year their first album produced their first major hit with the album's title track Viva Tirado. The song topped the charts in Los Angeles for over three months straight. Viva Tirado was a cover of a song about a bullfighter by big band trumpeter and composer Gerald Wilson. The Spanish/Mexican theme was not uncommon for Wilson, who's compositions were often inspired by the love for his Mexican-American wife of over 50 years. El Chicano's name was derived from the emerging Chicano Movement in the growing Mexican-American community. The band El Chicano formed a year after Santana's 1969 self-titled debut album, which featured the hit songs Jingo and Evil Ways. In August 1969, Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana enjoyed instant fame when his band's manager, the legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, secured a spot for the new unknown group Santana to perform at the Woodstock music festival.
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