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October 26, 1999 | JOSEPH TREVINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives investigating the disappearance of Sandra Ann Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas, arrested her half-brother on suspicion of kidnapping, authorities said Monday. Gabriel Gomez, 39, of Whittier was taken into custody Sunday, Sheriff's Department spokesman Boris Nikolof said. He was being held at the Walnut sheriff's station, authorities said, and faces possible charges of parole violations.
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November 17, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Whittier man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole--plus 22 years--for the kidnap and murder of his half sister, the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas. Her body has never been found. Reportedly overwhelmed with remorse after the sentencing, Gabriel Gomez, 40, led detectives, his attorney and two reporters to a Rowland Heights park in a nighttime search for the corpse of Sandra Rosas.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Whittier man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole--plus 22 years--for the kidnap and murder of his half sister, the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas. Her body has never been found. Reportedly overwhelmed with remorse after the sentencing, Gabriel Gomez, 40, led detectives, his attorney and two reporters to a Rowland Heights park in a nighttime search for the corpse of Sandra Rosas.
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December 3, 1999 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Friends and relatives knew Sandra Rosas was more than just another rock star's pretty wife. But after learning that she had been adopted as a child, Rosas began to wonder who she was. So the mother of three children and the wife of Cesar Rosas, one of the founders of the Grammy-winning band Los Lobos, began to hunt for her biological family. Five years ago, in Whittier, she found the half brother who, authorities allege, became her killer.
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February 24, 1999 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you look closely during tonight's Grammy telecast, you might see a familiar pair of shades bobbing in the audience. And behind those sunglasses you will find Cesar Rosas, singer and guitarist for Los Lobos, the East Los Angeles roots-rock band seven times nominated for a Grammy, and three-time winners. Rosas won't be at the Grammys because of Los Lobos, however.
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April 21, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Anybody got a pick?" asked David Hidalgo as he took the stage Thursday night, and half the crowd of 60 or so dug into their pockets. Obviously, it was a musician's crowd packing the small and stuffy rehearsal room at La Habra Music Center, a music store, for what had been billed as a guitar clinic with Hidalgo, guitarist, singer and songwriter for the acclaimed band Los Lobos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Originally from East L.A., drummer-songwriter Louie Perez of Los Lobos has spent most of the '90s in Orange County. After a brief stay (1992-94) in Laguna Niguel, Perez and his family have lived in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach? Isn't the quaint beach town an unlikely destination for someone who treasures his old neighborhood so dearly? "Where I grew up, everybody knew each other. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN
"There's no success like failure and failure's no success at all," Bob Dylan wrote more than 25 years ago, capturing the ironic nature of these powerful but unpredictable forces. Depending on how they are handled, success can often lead to failure, and failure can spur one on to success.
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September 23, 1998 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Where did it go, can't say that I know, those days of revolution?" asks Los Lobos' David Hidalgo in the opening lines of "Revolution" on the group's 1996 "Colossal Head" album. The critically revered, globe-trotting band had its start in the East L.A. "Chicano Renaissance" of the early 1970s.
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October 29, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
Some rock bands love success so much that, having grasped it once, they'll try time and again to repeat the magic formula. Good bands know they have to move on. Los Lobos' chance to make a bargain with the devil came in 1987, when the Los Angeles band scored a surprise hit with a remake of Ritchie Valens' rocked-up rendition of the Mexican folk tune "La Bamba."
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November 16, 1999 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three weeks after Sandra Rosas mysteriously disappeared from her Rowland Heights home, detectives said Monday that they have little hope the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas is still alive. Although he has not been charged, her half brother Gabriel Gomez, 39, remains a prime suspect, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigator said. Gomez was arrested Oct. 24, the day after Rosas disappeared from her home, and is being held for violating his parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1999 | JOSEPH TREVINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives investigating the disappearance of Sandra Ann Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas, arrested her half-brother on suspicion of kidnapping, authorities said Monday. Gabriel Gomez, 39, of Whittier was taken into custody Sunday, Sheriff's Department spokesman Boris Nikolof said. He was being held at the Walnut sheriff's station, authorities said, and faces possible charges of parole violations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Originally from East L.A., drummer-songwriter Louie Perez of Los Lobos has spent most of the '90s in Orange County. After a brief stay (1992-94) in Laguna Niguel, Perez and his family have lived in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach? Isn't the quaint beach town an unlikely destination for someone who treasures his old neighborhood so dearly? "Where I grew up, everybody knew each other. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1999 | JERRY CROWE
* The songwriter-musician is a founding member of Los Lobos, the venerable East L.A. rock band that just released its 10th album, "This Time." Home Sweet Home: We're on the road so much that when we're home I like to visit good friends, eat some of my favorite foods and write a really great song. That's the perfect weekend. Born in East L.A.
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February 24, 1999 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you look closely during tonight's Grammy telecast, you might see a familiar pair of shades bobbing in the audience. And behind those sunglasses you will find Cesar Rosas, singer and guitarist for Los Lobos, the East Los Angeles roots-rock band seven times nominated for a Grammy, and three-time winners. Rosas won't be at the Grammys because of Los Lobos, however.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 1998 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Where did it go, can't say that I know, those days of revolution?" asks Los Lobos' David Hidalgo in the opening lines of "Revolution" on the group's 1996 "Colossal Head" album. The critically revered, globe-trotting band had its start in the East L.A. "Chicano Renaissance" of the early 1970s.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1999 | JERRY CROWE
* The songwriter-musician is a founding member of Los Lobos, the venerable East L.A. rock band that just released its 10th album, "This Time." Home Sweet Home: We're on the road so much that when we're home I like to visit good friends, eat some of my favorite foods and write a really great song. That's the perfect weekend. Born in East L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' Pop Music Critic.
Rock Losing Its Grip as Other Genres Gain. That recent headline on a Billboard magazine article documenting rock's dwindling share of the pop album market was sobering, but it wasn't unexpected. It has been clear for some time now that rock is no longer the creative heart of pop music. Rather than reflect the imagination and daring that it did in past decades, most rock deals shamelessly in hollow or recycled gestures--and all too often represents nothing more than casual entertainment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1996 | JOHN COX
What do a group of veteran rock 'n' rollers from East L.A. do for thrills between tours? They go back to school. "Goose bumps" was the reaction Los Lobos drummer Louie Perez registered Thursday as he and other members of the renowned rock band received plaques honoring their contribution to a children's elementary and preschool at Whittier College where a building will now bear their name.
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March 14, 1995 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Lobos, the band born in an East Los Angeles garage in 1973 and now one of the most respected names in pop music, is the heartbeat of a new children's album. Lalo Guerrero, the pioneer Mexican American folk singer and activist, is the heart. And children's music has rarely sounded so good.
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