First Queen of Tejano Music

First Queen of Tejano Music

by Lydia Mendoza
     
 

In the early '50s, after taking some years off to raise her family, Lydia Mendoza returned to recording. First Queen of Tejano Music has 26 songs that she recorded for the Ideal label between 1950 and 1964. In contrast to her sparse, guitar-accompanied sides from the '30s, these have a fuller band sound, with backup by several different orquestas.…  See more details below

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In the early '50s, after taking some years off to raise her family, Lydia Mendoza returned to recording. First Queen of Tejano Music has 26 songs that she recorded for the Ideal label between 1950 and 1964. In contrast to her sparse, guitar-accompanied sides from the '30s, these have a fuller band sound, with backup by several different orquestas. Although much of this is in the conjunto mainstream of jaunty, emotionally delivered tunes with guitar-accordion arrangements, there's some variety as well that finds her occasionally in more of a pop, jazz, or torch song mold, along with some straight mariachi settings, boleros, and tangos. For the money, it still works best when the melodies are sad and the arrangements tend toward the more simple, putting the focus firmly on Mendoza's assured vocals. It's still quality material, however, reflecting the increasing sophistication of conjunto music instrumentation as the century passed the halfway mark.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/1996
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297039229
catalogNumber:
392
Rank:
280269

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lydia Mendoza   Primary Artist,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Tony de la Rosa   Accordion
Narciso Martínez   Accordion
Reynaldo Barrera   6-string bass
Lorenzo Caballero   Double Bass
Jose Morante   Vocals
Enrique Rodriguez   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Requinto

Technical Credits

José Alfredo Jiménez   Composer
Rebeldes   Contributor
Lorenzo Caballero   Composer
Armando Marroquín   Producer
Chris Strachwitz   Contributor,Reissue Producer
Elizabeth Weil   Artwork,Photo Tinting
Leticia del Toro   Liner Notes
Beto Villa Y Su Orquesta   Contributor
Mariachi Ideal   Contributor
Esteban Oritz   Composer
F. Cuellar   Composer
Manuel Imperial   Composer
Mariano Pena   Composer
M. M. Carreon   Composer
J. Ramos   Composer
Aurelio Garcia B.   Composer

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