After meeting the Valenzuela family, Los Lobos was asked and requested by the family to reproduce Ritchie's music for the movie's soundtrack in 1987. The group was honored, and put their heart and soul into several of Ritchie's hits, most notably, "La Bamba," which hit number one on the Billboard charts. The soundtrack went double platinum and earned the group a reputation of being "The La Bamba boys;" something that became a gift and a curse all at the same time. Though they were great at playing vintage rock and roll, Los Lobos was also more eclectic and experimental, and when some of these new La Bamba fans checked out the other albums, they assumed everything sounded like "La Bamba." The group switched directions and released an album shortly after the "La Bamba" soundtrack entitled "By the Light of the Moon," which also received high praises from the critics. In 1989, the group again won the Grammy for Best Mexican American Performance for the album "La Pistola y la Corazon," a collection of traditional Mexican Folk tunes. After releasing "The Neighborhood" in 1990, the band put all of their effort into the amazing and widely critically-acclaimed album "Kiko" in 1992. This album showcases the band's songwriting and playing abilities like no other album in their catalog. A vast departure from their more commonly known styles, this album pushed the bar and defined the group's creativity in an amazing collection of songs. After scoring the 1995 film "Desperado," Los Lobos were again awarded a Grammy, this time for the instrumental suite "El Mariachi," which took home the honor Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Beyond the Grammy awards and millions of albums that this legendary group has sold, lies the most important legacy of the band, and that is their gift and appreciation for music. Los Lobos are widely respected among their peers, and have performed alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, U2, and The Grateful Dead. The group also refuses to forget where they come from, as evidenced by their boycotting of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 Immigration Law. They pulled out of their June performance and issued this statement on their website www.loslobos.org: "We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do." This conviction helps the band continue to rock on in 2010, as they are busy prepping for the August release of their 19th studio album, "Tin Can Trust." The group remains undaunted and determined to continue to spread their gospel of great music across the world. "As we always say, if it's good music, it'll always come across. People can sense the sincerity of the musicianship, and the vocal styles. The traditional music, or folk music, you just can't go wrong. The heart is in it. It's the truth," says founding member Cesar Rosas. La Verdad, indeed..