Biographies of All Musicians

Los Angeles
Conjunto, Corrido, Pachuco Boogie, Rock Chicano
Known as the “creator of Chicano Music,” Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero generated a legacy that runs over 60 decades and has influenced musicians such as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Quetzal, El Vez and many others...
San Antonio
Tejano
Laura Canales won “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” and other awards in the Tejano Music Awards from 1982 through 1987, a record she kept until Selena surpassed it in the 1990s. She was also one of a few women...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock
 Linda Ronstadt, once hailed as the “First Lady of Rock,” is a versatile singer who traversed multiple genres en route to massive national success in pop music in the 1970s and ‘80s.  Ronstadt was...
San Antonio
Tejano
Little Joe (Jose María De León Hernández) helped pioneer Tejano music. At a young age Little Joe learned to play guitar. In 1953, the 13-year-old  was recruited by David Coronado & the Latinaires. A...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock, East L.A. Punk, Latin Rock
Los Illegals, formed in 1979, were an instrumental Chicano band in the vibrant punk scene of the early '80s in East Los Angeles, California. Founded by principal songwriter, lead vocalist and keyboardist Willie Herron (a...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock
 Not unlike its closest musical forefathers The Band, Los Lobos have always had an outsider approach in embracing American roots music while infusing plenty of their own cultural perspective into the mix. Both acts feature...
San Francisco
Conjunto, Corrido, Merengue
A family band who immigrated from Sinaloa, Mexico, to San Jose, California, in 1968, Los Tigres del Norte are famous for story-telling corridos that give voice to the Mexican immigrant experience. Led by singer and accordionist...
New York City
Reggaetón
Born in the Dominican Republic, Francisco Saldaña, in 1979, and Victor Cabrera, in 1981, met in Boston, Massachusetts, during their teen years and pursued their shared interest in music production. They caught the...
San Antonio
Corrido, Tejano
Nicknamed "La Alondra de la Frontera" (The Meadowlark of the Border), the legendary Lydia Mendoza first recorded with her family in 1928 for OKeh, a subsidiary of Columbia Records located in San Antonio, Texas. Her...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock
Multitalented musician and actress Lysa Flores emerged out of Los Angeles, California's Eastside scene as a teenager in the early ‘90s. A former member of the El Vettes -- a group of back-up singers for the Mexican...
New York City
Cha Cha Cha
Born in Havana, Cuba, Machito worked as a singer from an early age. In 1937 he came to New York as the singer for La Estrella Habanera and went on to work with several New York-based Latin bands, including those of Noro Morales...
San Francisco
Latin Rock
Though overshadowed by the national success of Santana, the band Malo had a strong following in the Bay Area, where they helped shape the Latin rock scene. Their 1972 ballad, Suavecito, co-written and sung by Richard...