David Pack will appear as a special guest on Sirius XM's Beatles Channel on Feb 14 2018 Valentines Day! Tune in from 6 to 9pm PST (9-12 EST) on Channel 18 and hear David tell some of his best Beatles stories.
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Photo of the OC Register Beato Band Cover Story written by Fred Swegles, Dec 14 2016 issue. Pictured is the photo used for the Beato Band debut album cover, photo Mark Jordan.
Fred Beato and his mother Cory, 87, watch "Cuba B Sneak Preview" video about Fred' life as a refugee. On the screen is Fred and David's teen band from Torrance. -- OC Register, photo Mindy Schauer
By Fred Swegles, Staff Writer
For a decade, when Fred Beato drove his old red 2004 T-bird around Orange County with the Cuba BC license plates, other drivers would occasionally give him a thumbs-up.
“Are you Cuban? Me too!” they would say, and most of them would get it – BC meant “Before Castro.”
The new band from David Pack of Ambrosia and Fred Beato of Beato Bags.
MEDIA COVERAGE on CNN & NBC, Apr 2016
CNN Español TV: Watch News Segment
NBC TV w/ John Cadiz Klemack: Watch News Segment
Fred Beato was interviewed by CNN, CNN Latin, and NBC TV Southern California about our Beato Band song "Cuba BC (Before Castro)" Fred's true life story as a Cuban immigrant "Pedro Pan" coming to America in 1962, and his feelings about normalizing relations between the US and Cuba.
This was highlighted by Pres. Obama's visit to Cuba, the first US President to visit there in over 50 years, and the mixed feelings many Cubans have on this issue.
Fred became emotional while being interviewed with his 85-year-old Cuban mother Cory, who sent him to America as a 10 year old boy, remembering not seeing each other again until Fred was 17, but also because of the pain Castro's regime and communisim caused all Cubans.
We have rushed to release the unfinished video of Cuba BC with hopes to complete it by filming Fred and David performing in Cuba.
David singing Cuba BC on NBC TV
David singing Cuba BC on NBC TV
Fred and his mother show CNN's Jaqueline Hurtado a medal belonging to Fred's late father.
DAVID PACK on SIRIUS XM-
Debuts Beato Band Songs
David Pack was recently in NYC taping a guest DJ appearance at the Sirius XM headquarters. This will be the radio debut of Beato Band!
The theme of his segment, which will air starting this Thursday 2/18 at noon EDT on The 70's at 7 channel, is the California Sound & Artists David has produced or performed with. He will interweave songs with stories behind those songs.
Included in the playlist are excerpts of four Beato Band songs:
My Old Friend (current single,) plus the world-premiere of the songs Somedays, Cuba BC, and the Beato Band cover of the 60's classic Friday on my Mind!
David's episode premieres this Thurday 2/18 @ Noon Eastern time. Encores: 2/18 3pm; Fri 2/19 1am & 10pm; Sat 2/20 8am; Sun 2/21 4am & 5pm - all times Eastern. Show length is about 1:15.
David with Sirius XM's Human Numan (Producer of 70's on 7 Channel)
CUBA BC - THE SONG THAT IS FRED'S TRUE LIFE STORY
Fred "Fernando" Beato was born in 1952 and raised in Cuba where his father played violin for the Cuban Philharmonic. Sadly his father passed away when Fred was young, then when Fidel Castro came to power and turned the idyllic Cuban island paradise into an oppressed Communist country, his widowed mother Cory selflessly sent Fred to Miami at age 10, alone, during Operation Pedro Pan (Peter Pan- sending kids to Neverland) to give him the chance for a better life. (Click below for more)
1968 - FRED AND DAVID'S BAND WINS U.S. BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Read the Symbols of Tyme Story
It was 1967 and young high school sophomore, drummer Fred Beato, had a vision to put a band together. Not just any band, but “his own” hand-chosen band. He was an unstoppable force with that hot Cuban blood and eye-of-the-tiger hunger who followed his instincts and managed to corral a bunch of multi-ethnic local musicians to form what would become the hottest band in the South Bay of Los Angeles.
JUST FOR FUN - 60's SURF ALBUM COVERS!
Growing up in Torrance, next door to the Beach Boys hometown of Hawthorne, Calif. Fred & David loved the old 60's surf albums.
Here are some of our favorites, SCROLL THROUGH, check 'em out!
We're missing several classics, so please send us some of your favorites (JPEGs) and we'll be happy to add them!
SOME OF OUR FAVORITES: