The Texas Tornados
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 for rhythm and blues and later became a country music star.
• Flaco Jiménez (from San Antonio), son of the legendary accordionist Santiago Jiménez Sr., who played with a variety of popular artists and has popularized the conjunto accordion among international audiences.
• Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers (from San Antonio), White musicians who grew up playing music with Tejano and African American musicians on the west side.
Rumor has it that they formed the band after playing a concert in San Francisco as the “Tex-Mex Revue” in the 1980s. In 1990 they won a Grammy for “Best Mexican American Performance” with the song "Soy de San Luis." Their first Album Texas Tornados hit Number 25 on the Country & Western charts. Two years later, their album Hanging on by a Thread hit Number Five on Regional Mexican charts.