Ruben and the Jets was an American , Los Angeles -based rock band, active between and There was also an Austrian band of the same name  album Something Strange Has Happened but they were not related. There was nobody in that band named Ruben, and they did not play doo-wop , so it's unclear why they chose this name. Two years later, Zappa suggested that Guevera start his own band, and eventually gave approval for the band to be named "Ruben and the Jets". The band toured alongside the Mothers of Invention in Zappa took on the duty of producer for the band's debut album, For Real! Ruben and the Jets released a second album, Con Safos , before disbanding in the mids.
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So, this is the story -- familiar to all fans of Frank Zappa -- of Ruben Sano and his '53 Nash, and the band he left behind at 19 when his girlfriend said she'd leave him if he didn't quit the group. At the time, life and art were regularly borrowing from each other in both directions all around Zappa and company. The Mothers of Invention album Freak Out! Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , which Zappa and company, in turn, satirized -- along with the state of mind evoked by it -- on We're Only in It for the Money It was a record that worked either straight or as a parody especially of doo wop lyrics, which Zappa loathed as much as he loved the music ; and it included not only some of his pre- Mothers work, but a handful of songs off of Freak Out! It didn't sell in huge numbers few of Zappa 's records in those days did , but it influenced a lot of other artists, including -- again -- the Beatles , whose own back-to-the-roots project originally called "Get Back" and finished as Let It Be , followed a few months later. And as a purely personal observation, it was the first Frank Zappa album that this writer remembers turning up in the hands of any kid in his high school. Zappa and the Mothers moved on to other projects and ideas, and the "Ruben" album became part of their history, and that might've been the end of it. He turned up backstage after a Mothers gig in L.
A few months after Who Are the People? He had just returned from touring with Zappa, I think it was the Billy the Mountain tour. But hey, it meant at least a couple bucks tip if you got the chicken there hot. We got to his tree-shrouded home, and surprisingly he answered the door himself. Sorry I never took you up on your offer to drop off some demos, but I went back to college. I wanna write music for films. We played the Legion once. Here we were, a couple of grown men tripping on old records like we were teenagers. That was the beginning of our bond: our love of L. I saw it as Mexican American rock-theater, though in a very primitive form, which was cool with me.