Biographies of All Musicians

San Antonio
Tejano, West Side Sound
Although they had little national success, the Royal Jesters is the group most loved by San Antonians. Oscar Lawson and Henry Hernández started the group in high school because they where inspired by the vocal harmonies of...
New York City
Salsa
Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna, born in Panama City, is one of the most famous poets and singers of salsa music. Raised in a musical home, he studied law and economics at the Universidad Nacional de Panamá, but...
San Antonio
Tejano, West Side Sound
Rudy Tee (Rodolpho González) and his brother “Red” (Manuel González) first started performing in 1952 in their group Red y Su Conjunto. A year later they changed the name to Conjunto Los Panchitos with...
San Antonio
Tejano
Wooly Bully charted at Number Two and sold three million copies in 1965, making Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs almost as popular as The Beatles. The song featured the driving organ and vocals of Domingo “Sam” Samudio...
San Antonio
Tejano
Selena Quintanilla was Tejano music’s biggest star. She began singing at a very early age as part of a family band her father put together. Back in the ‘60s, he was in a band called Los Dinos that were popular...
Miami
Miami Music Scene
Spam Allstars are one of the pioneers of the new Miami-fusion sound, blending Latin funk, electronica, hip-hop, horns, and dub music that was topped off by a live DJ who supplied the foundation with samples. Formed in 1993, the...
San Antonio
Tejano, West Side Sound
In the San Antonio West Side rhythm and blues scene, the only group who could compete in popularity with the Royal Jesters was the Sunliners, fronted and managed by Sunny Ozuna (Ildefonso Fraga Ozuna). Sunny started singing and...
Los Angeles
East L.A. Punk
The Brat was an influential Chicano punk band from East Los Angeles, California, formed in the late 1970s by singer Teresa Covarrubias and guitarist brothers Rudy and Sid Medina. The Brat, a hardworking and politically-conscious...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock
Chicano band The Premiers, out East Los Angeles, California, epitomized the garage rock movement of the early 1960s. Despite their ephemeral career which produced the enduring hit song -- 1964’s “Farmer John,” a...
San Antonio
Tejano, Tejano Country, West Side Sound
The Texas Tornados brought together four musicians who crossed musical and ethnic boundaries: • Freddy Fender (from San Benito) who started as a rock ‘n’ roll musician then went to Louisiana to pursue his passion...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock
As pre-teens, brothers Rudy and Steve Salas performed in Los Angeles, California's greater Eastside community rock ‘n’ roll dance circuit, playing a cross-genre style of music incorporating elements of rock and...
New York City
Cha Cha Cha, Mambo
Born in 1923 to Puerto Rican parents in New York, Ernesto Antonio Puente studied piano and percussion as a child and was playing professionally while still in his teens. He played briefly with Machito and his Afro-Cubans, the top...