Preston Epps

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Bongo Rock 00:00 Tools
Bongola 00:00 Tools
Afro-Mania 00:00 Tools
Stormy Bongo 00:00 Tools
Bongo Bongo Bongo 00:00 Tools
Bongo In Pastel 00:00 Tools
Bongo In Paradise 00:00 Tools
Bongo in the Congo 00:00 Tools
Afro Mania 00:00 Tools
B'wana Bongos 00:00 Tools
Africa 00:00 Tools
Funky Bongo 00:00 Tools
Bongo Hop 00:00 Tools
Bongo Rock (1959) 00:00 Tools
Jungle Drums 00:00 Tools
Bongo, Bongo, Bongo 00:00 Tools
Bongos in Pastel 00:00 Tools
Watusi Bongos 00:00 Tools
Doin' the Cha Cha Cha 00:00 Tools
Mister Bongos 00:00 Tools
Bongo Party 00:00 Tools
Sing Donna Go 00:00 Tools
Call of the Jungle 00:00 Tools
Tenderly 00:00 Tools
Bongo Twist 00:00 Tools
Blue Bongo 00:00 Tools
Hully Gully Bongo 00:00 Tools
bongo rocket 00:00 Tools
Bongo Shuffle 00:00 Tools
Bongos in Paradise 00:00 Tools
Caravan 00:00 Tools
Perdido 00:00 Tools
Flamingo 00:00 Tools
“Bongo Rock” 00:00 Tools
Prest Bongos Under Glass 00:00 Tools
Doin' the Cha-Cha-Cha 00:00 Tools
Bongo Beach 00:00 Tools
Bongo Rock - Original 00:00 Tools
A Bongo Rock 00:00 Tools
Cherokee 00:00 Tools
Afro Mania (feat. Panama and G. Johnston) 00:00 Tools
Prestons Epps - Bonga Rock 00:00 Tools
Preston Epps - Bongo Rock 00:00 Tools
Bongo 00:00 Tools
Bongo Rock - Preston Epps 00:00 Tools
Madison Time, Pt. 1 00:00 Tools
Watusi Bongos - Preston Epps 00:00 Tools
096 - Preston Epps - Bongo Rock 00:00 Tools
Bongo Madness 00:00 Tools
Doin’ The Cha Cha Cha 00:00 Tools
Bonga Rock 00:00 Tools
Doin' The Cha Cha 00:00 Tools
Bongo Rock (Instrumental) 00:00 Tools
Bongo 'rock 00:00 Tools
Bongo Rock Bed Short 00:00 Tools
Call Of The Jungle, Full Version 00:00 Tools
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Preston Epps (born 1931 in Oakland, CA) still performs in clubs in Southern California and the Southwest region of the United States. A one-hit-wonder, Epps scored a number 14 pop hit in 1959 with "Bongo Rock," but subsequent singles failed. He learned to play the bongos and other percussion instruments during the Korean War while stationed in Okinawa. When his duties ended, he forsook Northern California for Southern Cali, sustaining himself by working odd jobs; he hung around the emerging beatnik, hippie set by frequenting coffeehouses, and pounding the skins for the appreciative heads. DJ Art Laboe discovered Epps at a cozy, laid-back coffeehouse and signed him to his newly founded Original Sound Records. Epps' "Bongo Rock" became the label's first hit; Laboe released a second single, "Bongo, Bongo, Bongo," in 1960 that slotted 64 positions lower. Epps first album, Bongo Bongo Bongo, dropped in 1960 on the heels of the second single and did okay. However, subsequent singles, "Bongo in the Congo," "Bongo Rocket," "Bongo Boogie," "Flamenco Bongo," "Mr. Bongo," "Bongo Shuffle," and other Bongo derivatives failed to generate any interest. Two more albums, Bongola (1961) and Surfin' Bongos (1962), went unnoticed; you can find select recordings by Epps on numerous vinyl and CD compilations. The Incredible Bongo Band updated "Bongo Rock" (Epps co-wrote the instrumental with Arthur Egnoian, a pseudonym for Arthur Laboe) and rode it to number 73 in 1973. Epps played a bongo player in the movie Girl In Gold Boots, released in 1969. The flick was about a draft-dodger, a drifter, and his wannabe-dancer girlfriend; all get implicated in a murder centering around drugs, sex, and rock & roll in the late '60s. Epps has done extensive session work, including an appearance on Gypsys' debut LP for Metromedia Records. Still active, Epps plays a variety of clubs in Southern California including Monteleone's West, the Lozano Restaurant, and the Atlas Supper Club. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.