4.28.2017

Magic & Memories


Thank you, Santa Barbara! A night of magic and memories! - Ernie



4.04.2017

Returning to Our Old Home!


We will be returning to our old home, the Earl Warren Showgrounds, on Thursday April 27, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. Back in the day we were the house band and took part in many, many concerts and Battle of the Band competitions. We can't wait to see you there and play some of the old tunes as well as some new ones!

Ernie and The Emperors

3.22.2017

Happy Birthday, Cory!


We all wish you the very best on this day and everyday. May you see happiness, increasing good health, prosperity, blessings, and the energy that music gives in the year ahead! We love you!

From all your friends and fans



1.04.2017

A Unique Opportunity!


In 1965 a band of four good looking guys in matching suits and dog collars performed at the Dolphin Club and took us by storm. That band was Ernie and The Emperors (the core of which was the three Orosco brothers, Ernie, Cory, and Brian) and they hooked us with their Reprise Records 45 “Meet Me At The Corner.” Do you remember going to Bob’s Appliances to buy your records? The Emperors’ single hit the Top 5 not only in that shop, but also on all of the county’s radio stations. When they had a night off of their job as the house band at Earl Warren Showgrounds, they played all over the state and went on to make some pretty impressive tours as Big Brother Ernie Joseph, sharing the stage with the Allman Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, and many others. Their albums, including the iconic collectible, Confusion, are still selling, some fetching upwards of $300 per copy.

When they returned to Santa Barbara, they opened a recording studio where through the years they worked with such luminaries as members of Ambrosia, the Doobie Brothers, the Grass Roots, The Drifters, Herman’s Hermits, Missing Persons, the Marshall Tucker Band, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Toto, Vanilla Fudge, Tower of Power, and Canned Heat, as well as Katy Perry and Chaka Kahn. And the list goes on.

In 2012 Lillimar Pictures made a documentary on the band, Makin’ It, in which filmmaker John Ferry follows the musical careers of the Orosco brothers from when they sang for snacks at the market in their childhood State Street neighborhood, to today. In Makin’ It, Ferry caught the essence of what made Ernie, Cory, and Brian so popular with their audiences, and what has kept them popular all these years. Focusing on their dedication to music and to each other, Ferry delivers an intimate look into their lives and hearts. And heart has always been what sets them apart from other bands.

In more recent years the group has been performing under the name of The Brian Faith Band and, speaking as one of their original appreciators from the Dolphin Club, I’ll vouch for them. The years have been good to them. Their sound still is fresh and they still put on a good show. The dance floor is seldom empty once they get going! From Ernie’s prowess on lead guitar to Brian’s amazing voice and Cory’s mastery of any instrument he picks up, this band just plain rocks. But don’t think you’ll hear merely a great cover band. Just as they did in the 1960s and ‘70s, they have a huge catalog of catchy original songs, too. The band has been through a number of incarnations through the years so they’re more than qualified to please any audience, from those of us who love to experience a little nostalgia to those who enjoy taking in new bands. Whatever you want to hear, these guys will deliver, and they’ll do so with the magic they showed us back in the Sixties when they first thrilled us with their uplifting sound and their unique showmanship.

On Friday night, January 6, you’ll have the opportunity to see them when they perform at The Maverick Saloon (the old Barn where they used to perform in the Sixties) in Santa Ynez. If you’re an alumnus of Santa Ynez High School (or even if you're not!) you won’t want to miss this event!

9.25.2016

Welcome Back, Cory!


It was great to have Cory back on stage last night! He hasn't performed since he began undergoing treatments for cancer two years ago. The occasion was the 50 year reunion of Cory's graduating class at San Marcos High School, held at El Paseo in Santa Barbara. Congrats, Cory. We love you! Keep fighting the good fight!

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1.28.2016

Gary James' Interview with Ernie


Gary James of Classic Bands.com has just published a wonderful interview with Ernie. In it, they discuss Ernie's friendships with Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Ronnie Van Zandt, Ed King, and a number of other music greats as well as the early beginnings and the popularity of Ernie and The Emperors. Most interesting is how it was Frank Sinatra who "discovered" the young, teenage band and signed them to his label, Reprise Records.

"He (Morrison) wasn't flamboyant. He wasn't ostentatious.
He was a very down to earth guy. It surprised me.
He was kind of vulnerable in my eyes."
Ernie

Click here to read the full interview.

10.02.2015

Backstage at the Avocado Festival - A Memorable Night

How often does this happen? Bands that grew up together; and yes, we have a special kinship between us. Love these guys!

Keep rockin’ my brothers and sisters: Ernie and The Emperors, Brian Faith Band, Out Of The Blue, The Cowsills, Exit, The Pups, The Rincon Band, and thanks a mil to Roger Gilbert.

It was a pleasure playing with you guys.
Ernie

9.27.2015

Coming in October

Ernie and The Emperors will be performing at a private pre-Avocado Festival party in Carpinteria on October 1st, 2015 from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm. The Cowsills and Rincon will also be performing. The event will be covered by John Palmintari of KEYT Channel 3.

More info will be posted as it is received. Please be sure to check back!

4.27.2015

A Note From Ernie

Fundraiser for Cory at the Eagles Lodge, Santa Barbara, Sunday April 26, 2015

What a great show! Eric, Tebow, and Bobby, you guys are the best, man! Shades of Soul lead singer Luther Richmond's voice was on fire and Shades were as tight as ever! Out Of The Blue let me play with them, which was a dream come true. Bob Dolan from the Alice Cooper band was awesome on vocals and keyboards, as usual. The Groove Line were great and I really admire lead singer Becky's fight with cancer and that she still put on a great show! Pepe Marquez was fab on "There Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got." Wow! That was really hot. And Ray, thanks for the extra effort of making sure our sound system was up and happening. I also appreciated how fantastic you are on keyboards as well. We even got to play our original song appropriately entitled, "Good Times."

Love and gratitude from Cory Orosco and family. Thank you so much and may God bless.
Ernie

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3.04.2015

Living in Love Valley

In the summer of 1970, the Love Valley Music Festival attracted a crowd of 250,000 people who attended the three day concert just north of Statesville, North Carolina. It had all the elements of an earlier Woodstock. The Allman Brothers, along with some of the Southeast’s top bands, were on the list of performers.

There are many references on the internet today where one can go search the history of the Love Valley Music Festival. You can also find photos of what Love Valley is today. It has always been an authentic western town, where visitors can enjoy riding the miles of trails on horseback. It even has a unique area where they staged rodeos, in the shape of a natural arena where the sloping hillsides converge on a central area. This was the stage area for the Love Valley Music Festival; the natural outdoor setting was perfect for a rock concert...

10.03.2014

Saluting The Emperors

Published in the Montecito Journal
September 18, 2014 Vol. 20 Is. 35
By Steve Lobowitz

They were one of the first bands ever to play at Earl Warren Showgrounds back in the early 1960’s and the last to perform at Peabody’s in Montecito before it closed in 2012. They worked with such major artists of the era as the Allman Brothers, Roy Orbison, Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Brigati (of the Young Rascals), Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf), Kenny Cetera (Chicago), and Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly) and later, locally, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Katy Perry in an earlier guise. For a while in the 1960s, they were the biggest band in the land, the 16-ton monster in the 805. But unless you’re a musician or local music fan nearing retirement age, chances are you’ve never heard of them...

9.27.2014

Cory With His Tearaways CDs

It’s the morning after the September 26th benefit for Cory at Soho in Santa Barbara and Cory is listening to “Girls Who Love Cars,” one of the tunes that the Tearaways played live on stage at last night’s show.

Cory commented on the catchy melodies and polished vocal harmonies of the two new Tearaways CDs, Tearaways Earl Mankey Sessions, Volumes IV and VII.

It was great to see Santa Barbara locals and friends who traveled from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and as far away as Virginia to turn out for the event. Special thanks to the many musician friends who participated and especially to the Tearaways who made it all possible.

Brian

9.04.2014

A Community United


Santa Barbara’s Benefit for Raymond “Cory” Orosco is on Saturday, September 13 at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge, 150 N. Kellogg Ave. Live entertainment from 6 pm to 11 pm will be provided by Soul City Survivors, Night Train, and the Fog Band. Also, Cory’s brothers, Ernie and Brian, members of Ernie and The Emperors (aka Brian Faith Band), will be sitting in with these groups. In addition to the live music show and dance, the event will also feature, dinner, door prizes, and an auction fundraiser. General admission is $35, and $75 for reserved seating at tables around the dance floor. Tickets are available by calling (805) 895-6040 and (805) 683-5646...

9.01.2014

The Night the Band Was Arrested


Being on the road for years at a time, the band certainly had its share of mishaps and misfortunes. It took a lot of sheer courage and determination to survive all the challenges, and Big Brother Ernie Joseph did just that—he survived it all...

8.24.2014

Surf's Up!


There has been a warm response from our friends on the Central Coast in support of Cory’s upcoming benefit shows. People from the media who remember the band are eager to promote the event and, through recent posts on Facebook, others have responded, saying that they remember Ernie and the Emperors and Giant Crab from our performances...

8.13.2014

Santa Barbara Benefit for Cory - Important Update!

As September 13th draws ever nearer, the organizers of the Santa Barbara Benefit for Cory have been busy finalizing all of the details. Please click the flyer to view at normal size; you don't want to miss any important information!

Also, please click here to download the ticket order form.

8.04.2014

Winning Super Bowl Team

Left to right: Joe (dad and manager) Brian (bass, drums, sax), Cory (guitar) Ernie (guitar),
Alex Nova (keyboards) and Randy Busby (drums, bass).
This is a very rare photo that recently surfaced from a friend who had it for many years. It's the only photo in existence of the band members who won the 1963 Battle of the Bands at Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, and at The Roller Gardens in Oxnard. We call it our "Winning Super Bowl Team."  It was a memorable and exciting year for us all.

Brian

8.01.2014

A Note From the Boys

Dear Friends & Family,

Cory is supposed to eat organic food, which is not only expensive, but also perishable. We have lost our major source of income recently—our many gigs. Many people have asked what they can do to help; we are very grateful and are giving you this list.

THINGS NEEDED:
Prayers
Gift cards for grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, Vons, Lassens, and Whole Foods
Financial donations (please visit Cory’s FundRazr page)
Send gift cards, get well cards, to...

Cory
P.O. Box 6653
Santa Barbara, CA 93160 


ALONG WITH THE LIST ARE SOME THINGS WE WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU DIDN’T DO:
  • Please don’t stop by to see him without calling first. He is having treatments and he needs to rest and heal. It stresses and tires him out to have unexpected visitors.
  • Please don’t call too often. Please know that while we appreciate your concern, Ernie and Brian are his primary caregivers and cannot be expected to always answer the phone or call you right back. You will be informed if there are major changes.
Again, thank you so much for your support during this trying time.
Love from Cory, Ernie and Brian

7.29.2014

Benefit Events for Cory

“Rock & Roll Benefit to Help Cory”


The Brian Faith Band is holding a Rock 'n Roll benefit to raise funds for Cory Orosco, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

The Mighty Cash CatsWhat The Funk, and Brian Faith and Friends will perform at the Bamboo Steak House in Camarillo on Sunday, September 7th, from 3-7 pm.

The event will feature prize giveaways and drawings. A $20 cover charge will count as your donation toward Cory's healthcare costs. The Bamboo Steakhouse is located at 4426 Central Ave, Camarillo, CA.







“Santa Barbara's Benefit for Cory”

Legendary icon and pioneer of the Santa Barbara rock music scene, Cory (Raymond) Orosco, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and the music community and Santa Barbara locals are rallying to his support.

Cory, along with brothers Ernie and Brian, are founding members of Santa Barbara’s Ernie and the Emperors. After landing a record deal with Warner Bros/Reprise Records in 1965, their regional hit record, “Meet Me at the Corner”, went to number one on Santa Barbara’s radio station KIST. After winning Battle of the Bands shows in Santa Barbara and Ventura and touring extensively with Wolfman Jack’s concert shows, their popularity made them one of the most influential and respected bands in California.

Their popularity extended nationally by way of constant touring. Along with Strawberry Alarm Clock vocalist Greg Munford, who sang the SAC hit “Incense and Peppermints”, two albums on Uni Records propelled tours in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and the Midwest. A Southeast tour followed in 1970 with the Big Brother Ernie Joseph release of the cult classic album “Confusion”. Notable Southeast tour performances included shows at the 1970 Love Valley Music Festival with a estimated crowd of 250,000 people, and the Nashville Music Festival with Bruce Springsteen and Roy Orbison.

Cory and his brothers are core members of bands who evolved through the years as Ernie and the Emperors, Giant Crab, Big Brother Ernie Joseph, and more recently Brian Faith Band. A recent film production, "Makin It", from Lillimar Pictures, documents the story of the Orosco brother’s musical odyssey and commemorates their achievement of playing for 50 years together as a working band. The award winning documentary had its world premier at the Riverside International Film Festival in 2012.

In addition to playing music for local audiences, Cory and brother Ernie Joseph Orosco, have made contributions to the local music community as recording studio session players, session backup vocalists, engineers, and record producers. Their recording studio (SRS Studios), popular with working musicians, became a platform that helped launch the careers of many local musicians, including the Tearaways, Christian Love (the Beach Boys), Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dishwalla, Ugly Kid Joe, RKL, Jewel, and many others. In addition, Cory and Ernie have the distinction of being the first to record and produce local legend Katy Perry.

Santa Barbara’s BENEFIT FOR CORY is scheduled for Saturday September 13, 2014 from 6 pm to 11 pm at Santa Barbara’s Elks Lodge #613 located at 150 North Kellog Ave., Goleta. Entertainment includes dinner, live music with three top local bands, special guest celebrities, door prizes, and auctions. For ticket information, volunteer help, door prize donations or sponsors, please call: (805) 895-6040 or (805) 683-5646.

If you are unable to attend these concerts,
please consider donating via Cory's FundRazr page.

7.18.2014

A Note From the Band

Cory Orosco, one of the founding members of Ernie and the Emperors, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He needs all of the love, blessings, and donations possible to help him be his best for the most difficult fight of his life. He sends his love and appreciation to all of his family, friends, and fellow musicians.Thank you all so very much for your love, support, and kindness during this most difficult time.

Thank You, and God bless you,
Ernie, Cory, and Brian

Please visit the FundRazr page to help the family face the medical expenses with your tax deductible gift.

7.05.2012

Review of "Makin' It"

By James A. Gardener
Originally published at Blogcritics
April 17, 2012

The history of rock and roll is rife with talented brothers who are widely known for their fractious relationships — Phil and Don Everly, CCRs John and Tom Fogerty, The Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies, Oasis' Noel and Liam Gallagher, and the Beach Boys' three Wilson brothers, Brian, Dennis, and Carl, who added extra dissension by inviting cousin Mike Love along — to name just a few. Thanks to our contemporary tabloid culture, the internecine volatility and public disputes amongst these talented siblings have received more media attention in recent decades than their music...

4.19.2012

Remembering Dick Clark

Dick Clark produced some great shows. I’ll always remember Where the Action Is and how excited I was when it first came out that summer. Through it, we got to know Paul Revere and the Raiders and I remember seeing The Young Rascals on that show for the first time. Another first for me was also one of the first concerts I ever attended. It was Dick Clark’s Cavalcade of Stars at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. I’ll never forget how I lined up to buy tickets for the show in the outdoor arena. Such a vivid memory because it was all so exciting. I was still in high school doing shows with Ernie and the Emperors. All the band members were there that night. We had seats directly across from the stage...

4.14.2012

World Premier!

Lilimar's rocumentary, Makin’ It,  will celebrate its world premier at the Riverside International Film Festival 2012. Filmmakers John Ferry and Grace De Soto Ferry have been recently busy editing a new version of the BFB rocumentary. Changes to the film include changing the film title from The Band – A Rockumentary to the new title, Makin’ It.

The festival is hosted and organized by the City of Riverside and partnering organizations. The year 2012 will be the festival’s 10th year anniversary.
“Riverside Film Festival continues to grow in size, scope, and stature as a prominent venue for top quality international cinema, showing films from around the world, including world premiers, features, shorts and documentaries.” -- Bulletfilm.com
The world premier of the documentary will be held at Riverside’s Regal Theater (Riverside Plaza) on Friday, April 27, 2012. The showing is scheduled for 7:15 pm at 3535 Riverside Plaza Drive. General admission is $8.00. Please phone (951) 784-4600 for information.

This is a Must-See for any Ernie and the Emperors fan!

2.12.2012

"Makin' It" - A Rockumentary

Makin' It is now available at the LilliMar Pictures website. This is an absolute MUST for fans of Ernie & the Emperors, Giant Crab, Big Brother Ernie Joseph, and the Brian Faith Band. The film follows the musical careers of the Orosco brothers from when they sang for snacks at the market in their childhood neighborhood, to today.

Filmmaker John Ferry has caught the essence of what made Ernie, Cory, and Brian so popular with their audiences, and what has kept them popular. Focusing on their dedication to music and to each other, Ferry delivers an intimate look into their lives and hearts. And heart has always been what set them apart from other bands. It takes heart to continue making music, not for fame and fortune, but for the sheer love of doing it, and Makin' It shows quite clearly that this is what has kept the brothers united throughout the years. This is a sensitive, insightful film and includes some amusing backstage anecdotes as well.


7.23.2011

A Note From Brian


The photos bring back some fun times for me. I remember the Bobby Vinton show It was just before Christmas. The promoter gave us about five Bobby Vinton albums to study. All I did for about a month was practice all his songs. I memorized them all...all of his hits. It was all worth it when Bobby Vinton was happy with my walking bass lines on songs like Blue Velvet, There I've Said it Again, Blue on Blue and Roses are Red, Mr Lonely.  He turned to me after the set with the biggest smile and said, "Keep it Up." I was only 13 or 14.

Also, jamming with the Sunrays was so much fun! They were doing a concert show up in San Luis Obispo. I liked their music so much that I took a Greyhound bus alone to see them play (too young to drive). It was really great, so exciting. I met them  after their show. They were so cool. I told them how I took a bus up just to see them, and they offered to drive me back to Santa Barbara on their way to L.A.

Well, as it happended, I told them that we did Beach Boy tunes and all the Sunray's hits. I also told them that my family was having a barbecue in Santa Barbara with plenty of food and drink. When we got there, we all ate and started playing and singing. We sang Sunray and Beach Boy tunes all night. We (the Emperors) knew all the harmonies. The Sunrays were impressed that we knew all those tunes so well, and it was just so much fun singing with them. All that harmony sounded so good. I can hear it all now...magical... It was an awesome night. Really was a fun time to remember, jamming with the Sunrays.

Brian

7.19.2011

Welcome to the Official Ernie and The Emperors Website!


The purpose of this site is to provide information about the great Santa Barbara band, Ernie and the Emperors, including memoirs, news, videos, and of course, pictures.

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