The Premiers were a Mexican-American band out of East Los Angeles. They formed in 1962, consisting of brothers Lawrence and John Perez (guitar and drums, respectively) and their neighbors George Delgado (guitar) and Frank Zuniga (bass). The mother of the Perez brothers encouraged their ambitions and got them an audition with record producer Billy Cardenas.
It was Cardenas who recommended that the band cover "Farmer John," but he wanted them to infuse it with the sound coming out of East L.A. at that time, often referred to as the "East Side Sound." "Louie Louie
" was popular at that time, so the band tilted the sound that way, as well, and you can hear a distinct resemblance between the two.