Vaquero de Alta California
- Jan 20, 2018
- Reaction score
Now a timeless recording so sloppy it's perfect, from the drifting tempo to the half-baked sax solo. Sometimes I think the guitar is slightly off as well. I can't imagine they did more than one take. But it's inimitable and exactly as it must be--if it had been polished up, we'd probably have forgotten it like so many other pop songs from 1960.
Rosie Hamlin was an undercover Mexican-American teenager (real name: Rosalie Méndez Hamlin) at Mission Bay High School here in San Diego when she recorded this classic on a two-track tape machine. She also wrote it.