la-boppersThe L.A. Boppers were an R&B\funk band from Los Angeles, California.They first started out as a backing band for music group Side Effect and were originally called “The Be-Bop Band”.

Augie Johnson (who was the leader of Side Effect) was able to get them a record deal with Fantasy Records in 1978. The first-line-up consisted of Robert Griffin, Kenny Davis, Ed Riddick, Ed Luna and Vance Tenort.

During that same year, the band released their debut album “The Boppers”. The album wasn’t quite successful and the only single to chart from the album was the song “There She Goes Again” peaked at #90 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
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By 1980, the band signed to Mercury Records and changed their name to the L.A. Boppers. The line-up was also changed and it consisted of Vance Tenort, Gerry Davis, Ed Riddick, Kenny Styles, Michael Stanton and Stan Martin. During that same year, they released their self-titled sophomore album. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
is-this-the-bestThe lead single from the album “Is This the Beat (Bop-Doo-Wah)” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. The follow-up singles “Watching Life” and “Be-Bop Dancer” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

In 1981, the L.A. Boppers released their third album “Bop Time.” The only single to chart was a cover version of the Delfonics’ song “La La Means I Love You” which peaked at #77 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
make-mine-bopAfter that, the band moved on to MCA Records and released their last album to date “Make Mine Bop.”
where-do-bop-goThe only single to chart from the album was “Where Do the Bop Go” which peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. After that, the L.A. Boppers disbanded and seemingly faded into obscurity.

According to the soulwalking.co.uk website, Vance Tenort was still writing & producing music & worked for Ford Cosworth Racing. It’s unknown if he’s still active in music these days or what the other members of the band are up to.

To see a fan-made video for “There She Goes Again” (from their debut album), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Be-Bop Dancing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Is This the Best (Bop-Doo-Wah)”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Watching Life,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “La La Means I Love You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Where Do the Bop Go?,” go to:

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