The story of Ruben & the Jets
SANO was 19 when he quit the group to work on his car. He had just saved enough money to buy a 53 Nash and four gallons of gray primer. His girlfriend said she would leave him forever if he did'nt quit playing in the band and fix up his car so they could go to the drive-in and make out.

There was already 11 other guys in the band so when he quit nobody missed him except for his car when they had to go to rehearsal or play for a battle of the bands at the American Legion Post in Chino. They are still good friends even today. The other main guys in the band; Natcho, Louie, Pana & Chuy still come over to Ruben's house on Tuesday and Wednesday to listen to his collection of Richie Valens records
& also "Eddie my Love".
Generally speaking, they save "Cherry Pie" and "Work with me Annie"

till the late part of the evening so they have something to hum on the way home or to Burger Lane. Some of them continue to hum & pop their fingers even the next day working in the car wash. Now that they have gotten their big break in show business each one of the main guys in the group voted at the band meeting to keep the name Ruben and the Jets not only because it sounds real fine & give it class, but also because it makes it real sharp. Ruben even likes it too & thinks its real sharp. All the guys in the band hope that you are sick & tired like they are of all this crazy far out music some of the bands of today are playing. They hope that you are so sick & tired of it that you are ready for their real sharp style of music. They are good socially acceptable young men who only want to sing about their girl friends. They want everybody to start dancing

close back together again like 1955 because they know the people need love & also want to hold on to each other. Even holding hands and dance the bop & fall in love to their music. One of the main guys in the band was telling me a couple of weeks ago when we were talking about how only half of the guys in the band ever show up at the rehearsels moist of the time... "If people would just hear my plea I would give everything just to sing the songs that was turning me on in high school."

Ruben has 3 dogs.
Benny, Baby & Martha
This is an album of greasy love songs & cretin simplicity. We made it because we really like this kind of music (just a bunch of old men with rock & roll clothes on sitting around in the studio, mumbling about the good old days). Ten years from now you'll be sitting around with your friends someplace doing the same thing if there's anything left to sit on.

  1. Cheap Thrills
  2. Love of my Life
  3. How Could I Be Such a Fool
  4. Deseri
  5. I'm Not Satisfied
  6. Jelly Roll Gum Drop
  7. Anything
  8. Later that Night
  9. You Didn't Try to Call Me
10. Fountain of Love
11. "No". No. No."
12. Anyway the Wind Blows
13. Stuff Up the Cracks

Ray Collins: lead vocals
Frank Zappa:
low grumbles, oo-wah and lead guitar
Roy Estrada: high weazlings, dwaedy-doop & electric bass
Jimmy Carl Black and/or Arthur Dyer Tripp III:  lewd pulsating rhythm
Ian Underwood or Don Preston redundant piano triplets
Motorhead Sherwood: baritone sax & tambourine
Buzz Gardner: trumpet, flugelhorn
Bunk Gardner & Ian Underwood tenor and alto saxes

and on the 1984 mix aka most recent cd-versions:
Jay Anderson: new string bass tracks
Arthur Barrow: new bass tracks - omit Roy
Chad Wackerman: new drum tracks - omit Jimmy and Arthur

   December 1967 through February 1968


"The Present-day Pachuco refuses to die!"

Ruben Sano, June 1955

Is this the Mothers of Invention
recording under a different name
in a last ditch attempt
to get their cruddy music on the radio?


The haircut would be called the “ducktail” or more commonly known as the DA. To accomplish this look you would need a lot of grease or hairspray!
Well, real men didn't do this hairstyle. Guys that were rebels would use this hairstyle...
Greasy Love Songs is de uitgebreidere versie (2010) van Cruisin' with Ruben & the Jets met het originele 1967-geluid. Klik op de cover voor meer info. some pics © zft
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