The SINNERS were the house band on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO and appeared in most, but not all, of the episodes normally lip-synching their way through covers of hits from the era. They were also the house band at Gazzarri's nightclub on La Cienega Blvd. in L.A. (the original Gazzarri's before the move to Sunset Strip). This is another example of the close relationship between the TV show and the nightclub that we do not yet fully understand.
The three members of The SINNERS were Tony Minichiello, Vic Diaz, and Manuel Sanchez. The trio started as a group named THE MATADORS(Los MATADORES) and sang harmonies on early JAN & DEAN recordings such as the "Surf City" and "Drag City" LP's in 1963. They were a big part of the vocal success enjoyed by JAN & DEAN at the time.
Tony and Manuel were classmates of JAN BERRY in University High School in Los Angeles and their careers became intertwined. Jan produced six songs for them on three Colpix Records singles in 1963-64 and wrote or co-wrote three of the songs and sang on two.
By 1964 they had become The SINNERS and had steady work between playing at Gazzarri's and later in the year on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO (which continued throughout 1965). They released an album on Reprise Records (RS-6139) in 1964 under the name "TONY, VIC and MANUEL". Oddly nowhere on the album is their name The SINNERS mentioned. The album was titled "a Go-Go HOLLYWOOD NIGHT LIFE", an obvious reference to their nightclub and TV notoriety, and it includes some of the songs they played on the TV show. It has the sound of a live album, as if it was recorded at Gazzarri's or another Strip club, but it could easily have been produced in a studio with a "live" audience track mixed in.
The MATADORS discography __________________________ 45's
COLPIX 698 "Ace of Hearts / Perfidia" (1963)
COLPIX 718 "I've Gotta Drive / La Corrida"(1963) (A-side is a JAN & DEAN track with a new spoken intro)
COLPIX 741"C'mon, Let Yourself Go (Part 1)"(1964) "C'mon, Let Yourself Go (Part 2)"
TONY, VIC and MANUEL discography (The SINNERS) ___________________________________________________________
REPRISE RS-6139 "a GO-GO HOLLYWOOD NIGHT LIFE" (1964)