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Memorial Service for Richard "Scar" Lopez

Saturday, September 18, 2010
3:00PM to 7:00PM




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Richard "Scar" Lopez passed away July 30, 2010 in Garden Grove, CA. He was 65. Richard was a founding member of the East Los Angeles vocal group, Cannibal & the Headhunters. He and three other high school students scored a national hit in the mid-1960s with 'Land of 1000 Dances.' In 1965, they opened for the Rolling Stones, the Righteous Brothers and the Beatles.

They were four high school students in East L.A. -- Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, Lopez, Robert "Rabbit" Jaramillo and his brother, Joe "Yo Yo" Jaramillo -- when they emerged on the national music scene.
The Cannibal & the Headhunters version -- with Cannibal's signature" "Na NaNa Na Na" phrase--spent 14 weeks on Billboard's Top 100, where it peaked at No. 30.

"I remember we were cruising Whittier Boulevard in Bobby's '49 Chevy and DJ Huggie Boy plays our song," Lopez recalled in a 2005 interview with LA Weekly. "And we were going crazy, going ballistic on Whittier telling everyone to put their radio on."

Hector A. Gonzalez, the current owner of Rampart Records, whose late founder, Eddie Davis, discovered and recorded the group, said, "They gave pride and dignity to the Mexican American community because of their contribution to not only rock 'n' roll but the success they achieved."

"We were four Mexican kids from East L.A., coming from the projects. Your dreams can be fulfilled if you work at it", Lopez previously told the LA Weekly.

He is survived by his children, Peter Lopez and Lisa Lopez; his father, Carlos Lopez; his sister, Bonnie Resendez; Brittany Lopez and Amber Lopez. Betsy Drinkard, Jeff Licon, Tiffany Licon, Molly Licon, and Amy Fuller Another son, Richard Jr., died in 2006.

Memorial Services will be held at the Destiny Community Church, International at
7227 Greenleaf Avenue,. Whittier, CA. The Memorial will start at 3 pm and end approximately 7 pm. Pastor Charlie Gallegos will make an opening and welcoming statement. The facility has handicap access, free parking, and beautiful setting. Water and refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: His Loving Family and Friends; Destiny Community Church; Rampart Records; LatinoLA.com, and the East LA Revue.com
Category Community
When Saturday, September 18, 2010
3:00PM to 7:00PM
Where Destiny Community Church, International
7227 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA
Admission Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Contact 951.653.7777
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