The Premiers

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The band was formed in 1962 in San Gabriel, California, by brothers Lawrence Perez (guitar) and John Perez (drums), and neighbours George Delgado (guitar) and Frank Zuniga (bass). They practiced in the Perez brothers back yard, encouraged by their mother, and soon started drawing crowds to their rehearsals. They were discovered by Billy Cardenas, who managed and produced other Chicano bands in the East Los Angeles area and won the group slots supporting artists such as Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Chris Montez.

Following The Kingsmen’s success with “Louie Louie”, Cardenas suggested that the Premiers cover a similar song, “Farmer John”, which had been written and recorded by Don and Dewey. Although claimed to have been recorded “live at the Rhythm Room in Fullerton, California”, it was actually recorded in a small studio in Hollywood, with overdubbed party noises provided by girls of the Chevelles car club invited to the studio. The vocals were performed by John Perez and George Delgado singing in unison.

Released on co-producer Eddie Davis’ Faro record label, and later licensed by Warner Bros. Records, the single rose to #19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in summer 1964. The group were then rushed into recording an album, Farmer John Live, which consisted mainly of R&B cover versions, again with overdubbed party noises. They also toured nationally with artists such as The Crystals and Gene Pitney, and opened for such groups as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Dave Clark Five.
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The Premiers Discography Tracks

Albums

The Premiers - Farmer John Live album art The Premiers Farmer John Live (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records US 1964 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Premiers - Shake! Shout! & Soul! album art Lil' Ray* And The Premiers Lil' Ray* And The Premiers - Shake! Shout! & Soul! (Single) Impact (12), Impact (12) US 1963 Sell This Version
The Premiers - So Fine album art The Premiers So Fine Warner Bros. Records US 1964 Sell This Version
The Premiers - Blues For Arlene album art The Premiers Blues For Arlene (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1964 Sell This Version
The Premiers - Farmer John / Duffy's Blues album art The Premiers Farmer John / Duffy's Blues (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1964 Sell This Version
WEP 1437 The Premiers - Farmer John album art The Premiers Farmer John(7", EP) Warner Bros. Records WEP 1437 France 1964 Sell This Version
The Premiers - Get Your Baby / Little Ways album art The Premiers Get Your Baby / Little Ways (Single) Faro US 1965 Sell This Version
EP. 73 The Premiers - Farmer John album art The Premiers Farmer John(7", EP) Warner Bros. Records EP. 73 Spain 1965 Sell This Version
The Premiers - Get On This Plane / Come On And Dream album art The Premiers Get On This Plane / Come On And Dream (Single) Faro US 1966 Sell This Version
627 The Premiers - Ring Around My Rosie album art The Premiers Ring Around My Rosie(7", Single, Promo) Faro 627 US 1967 Sell This Version
The Premiers - Farmer John / La, La, La, La, La, La album art The Premiers / The Blendells The Premiers / The Blendells - Farmer John / La, La, La, La, La, La Collectables US 1969 Sell This Version
7WB-15010 The Premiers - Farmer John / Duffy's Blues album art The Premiers Farmer John / Duffy's Blues(7") Warner Bros. Records 7WB-15010 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
TR-1004 The Premiers - Call Me / If Your Love Was True album art The Premiers Call Me / If Your Love Was True(7", Single) Troy TR-1004 US Unknown Sell This Version

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