Cannibal and the Headhunters

Artist Biography: Cannibal and the Headhunters

Cannibal and the Headhunters

Cannibal and the Headhunters (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Introduction

One of the pioneers of the Los Angeles’ “East Side Sound,” Cannibal and the Headhunters achieved their only big hit “Land of a Thousand Dances” in 1965. The group composed of all Mexican-American members Frankie Garcia, Joe Jaramillo, Richard Lopez and Robert Jaramillo. Originally performed by Chris Kenner in 1963, the group’s version became a big hit in 1965, peaking at #30 on the the Billboard Hot 100. It also became a phenomenal hit for gaining success outside the US. Follow-up singles were commercial disappointments which led the group to dissolution in the late 60’s.

 

Cannibal & the Headhunters’ beginning

Cannibal and the Hunters were an oldies music American group best known for their hit “Land of a Thousand Dances” in 1965. They were formed in 1964 with members Frankie “Cannibal” Garcia Joe “Yo Yo” Jaramillo, Richard “Scar” Lopez and Robert “Rabbit” Jaramillo. Scar and Rabbit founded the group. They were eventually discovered by Eddie Davies, owner and founder of Rampart Records. Formerly known as the Bobby and the Classics, Cannibal and the Headhunters were considered as one of the first Mexican-American acts who helped define LA’s “East Side Sound.”

Cannibal and the Headhunters’ hit “The Land of Thousand Houses”

The song “Land of the Thousand Houses” was written and recorded in 1963 by the R&B singer Chris Kenner. In 1965 on Rampart Records, it was later re-recorded by the Cannibal and the Headhunters and added the catchy “na na na na na” hook which the song became famous for, gaining international success. It reached #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in that same year. On the strength of the singles, they earned a performance at the famous Shea Stadium, supporting the Beatles. They also played as an opening act for other bands as well.

Within eighteen months of staying together, Cannibal and the Headhunters switched labels  issued several singles but they never had another pop hit. Their success proved to be brief that they were considered as a one hit wonder band from the 60s music era. William Picket’s version of “Land of the Thousand Dances” was the highest ranking version which climbed to #6 on the national chart in 1966.

 

Death of members

49-year old Garcian died in 1996. Jaramillo died in 2000 while Lopez passed away due to lung cancer on July 30, 2010. He was 65 years old.  

 

 

Cannibal and the Headhunters discography (may be partial)

Rampart Records

(Jan 1965)

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Land of 1000 Dances
  • B: I’ll Show You How to Love Me

(May 1965)

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Nau Ninny Nau
  • B: Here Comes Love

(Sep 1965)

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Follow The Music
  • B: I Need Your Loving

 

Date Records

(Jul 1966)

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: La Bamba
  • B: Zulu King

(Jul 1966)

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Land of a Thousand Dances
  • B: Love Bird

 

Aires Records

(Aug 1968)

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Means So Much
  • B: Dance By the Light

 

Capitol Records

(Jan 1968)

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Get In on Up (Get up the Courage)
  • B: Mean So Much

 

Treasure Chest Records

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Land of 1000 Dances
  • B: I’ll Show You How to Love Me

 

Era Records [Back to Back Hits Series]

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Land of 1000 Dances

The Blendells

  • B: Dance with Me

 

Hi-Oldies Records

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Land of 1000 Dances
  • B: Not Known

 

Collectables Records

Larry Verne

  • A: Mr. Custer

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • B: Land Of 1000 Dances

 

Original Sound Oldies But Goodies Records

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Land of 1000 Dances

Bobby Curtola

  • B: Fortune Teller

 

Ripete Records

Cannibal and the Headhunters

  • A: Land of 1000 Dances

Beach Boys

  • B: Surfer Girl

 

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