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they also resurrected, the medium of the comedy
album and brought it to a popularity arid a
power never before attained*--even in its
heyday in the early-to-mid-sixties before
the medium fell on hard times.
Culturally, what is especially pertinent
in their success is that it has been attain-
ed c:n their own terms —and with their own
They haven't altered their jaun-
diced viewpoint one iota..
the common vernacular--common to a good
hunk of the population—are the order of the
While climbing the ladder of success,
Choech and Chong, have seen the viewpoint of
a large segment of the population catch up
Qr nearly so.
Tommy Chong,, son of an itinerant topless
night club .owner, was born in Edmonton,
group, he began his show business "career"
as a guitar player in Rdß bands around West-
Vancouvers, was discovered and signed to
i-iotrwn by Berry Bordy.
written by Chong,
Then the group broke up and Tommy
settled in Vancouver to direct stage shov;s
frr the family-owned topless club.
The Chinese member of the
His group, Bobby Taylor and the
They had a hit
"Does Your iiama Know About
Richard iiarin, better known as
, (short for Cheecharrone —an
affectionate term which literally means a
delicacy made of deep-fried port skins)
is the Mexican-American (or Chicano)
member of the team.
He was born in the "better" section
of Watts, (California)— ironically the
son of the establishment:
He graduated from San Fernando
College, then journeyed to Canada to see
Chong joined forces as members of an
group known as, City Lignts.
Said group consisted of three "freaks",
four topless dancers and mime artist, and
, was patterned loosely after Chicago's and
San Francisco's The Committee.
was well received, and played to relatively
packed houses for awhile.
THE LAST ISSUE OF THE C. C. READER WILL
a Los Angeles
It was there, that Cheech &
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
IS THIS THURSDAY, MOVEIIBER 23.