Lydia Mendoza
Charlie & The Jives
The Royal Jesters
Freddy Fender
Selena Quintanilla
Sam the Sham
Sunny & The Sunliners
The Texas Tornados
4 Aces Album
A Texas Tornados Poster
Lydia Mendoza
Eva Ybarra
Conjunto Bernal
Narciso Martinez and Santiago Almeida
Laura Canales
Esteban Jordan
Little Joe y La Familia
Mando & the Chili Peppers
Girl In A Coma
Austin American Stateman Ad
Flaco Jimenez
Pharaohization! Album
Talk To Me Album
Jiménez Family Legacy
Migrant Labor and Music
Sunny & The Sunliners at La Villita
River Valley Maps
Selena's Last Concert
The Tejano Sensation Poster
Sam the Sham Fillmore Poster

The San Antonio Story

The rich musical cultures that have coalesced in Texas over the last hundred years have created a distinctive musical flavor in the region.

The conjuntos, orquestas, rhythm and blues combos, and country bands fused polkas, rancheras, corridos, blues, jazz, country, and other musical elements that provide the foundation for its popular music of today. Many musical centers emerged, including Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Alice; but when looking at Latino influence in popular music, San Antonio stands out. It had the highest concentration of Tejanos and a high number of composers, songwriters, and recording labels.  At one time San Antonio was anticipated to be a center of popular music production that would equal Nashville and Los Angeles. San Antonio and other South Texas cities played an important role in the development and commercial success of tejano music.

Interviews & Commentary

All this Tejano music that's real popular now, you know, Sunny and the Sunliners, we were the trailblazers.
Rudy Palacios
The Birth of Tejano Part 3
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Jukebox Highlights
San Antonio