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Los Lobos are the undisputed leaders of the Tex-Mex brand of rock n roll, which is Latin-based Chicano music built around accordion and guitar. They were formed in 1973 in Los Angeles by César Rosas (26 September 1954; vocals, guitar, mandolin), David Hidalgo (b. 6 October 1954; vocals, guitar, accordion), Luis (Louie) Pérez (b. 29 January 1953; drums, guitar, quinto), and Conrad Lozano (b. 21 March 1951; vocals, bass, guitarron). Their mixture of Clifton Chenier zydeco and Richie Valens rock was a totally refreshing new sound. Their debut album came in 1978 with the self-financed Just Another Band From East LA, and although not a hit it was a critical success. The line-up was bolstered in 1983 by multi-instrumentalist Steve Berlin (b. 14 September 1955). The reviewers welcomed the following years How Will The Wolf Survive?, with open arms, but still it only made moderate sales. The superb title track vocal has an uncanny resemblance...