Bobby Rosales started playing piano at age 12. Music was a family activity. His mother, a professional singer and guitarist, sang Mexican ballads and Flamenco, and his brothers played in bands.
When the Premiers broke up, he took over the leadership and called it Bobby and the Premiers. In 1966 they recorded “This is the Beginning” and “Let Me Call You Darling” at radio DJ Steve Crosno’s one-mike studio.
The group went on to play at Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood Palladium and to back up Stevie Wonder, the Shirelles and James Brown and the Coasters.
“After 58 years in the music business, Bobby still performs with vigor and style,” said Rick Kern, organizer of the Border Legends of El Paso concert. The group was inducted into the All Star Artists in Dallas for the song “El Pajarito.”