Mando & the Chili Peppers

This band is one of the pioneers of Tejano rhythm and blues in San Antonio, Texas.

In the early ‘50s they were playing covers of R&B tunes under two conjunto names; Conjunto San Antonio Alegre and Conjunto Mexico. At first it was somewhat of a joke, but their experimentation caught on quickly.

In 1956 as Mando & the Latineers, they had their own TV show for Channel 41 (which later became Univision) called Rock ‘n’ Roll. That same year they got a two-week gig at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. While playing one night, the producer from Crest Records heard them and invited the group to New York to record. They recorded a 45 that included "South of the Border" on one side and "Don’t Say Goodnight" on the other. The record did well and they were invited back to New York to record a full album titled On the Road with Rock ’n’ Roll.

In 1957 they went on tour as Mando & the Chili Peppers, performing throughout the southwest and California and appearing on Bob Horne’s “Bandstand” in Philadelphia. By the 1960s they had disbanded but Mando Cavallero (bass and vocals) and Chucho Perales (guitar) went to Chicago to play with Eddy Clearwater and The Bossmen.

Mando & the Chili Peppers