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Flaco Jimenez

Few if any artists in conjunto and Tejano music have received the level of critical acclaim Flaco Jimenéz has enjoyed over the course of a career that's spanned six decades, and it's certain that no one has taken the accordion-fueled Tex-Mex sound to a larger audience than he has. Without compromising his musical vision, Jimenéz has introduced the traditional conjunto sound to mainstream pop and country listeners thanks to his collaborations with the Texas Tornados, Dwight Yoakam, and the Mavericks, and he is celebrated by adventurous rock fans through his work with Ry Cooder, Carlos Santana, Doug Sahm, and the Rolling Stones. Flaco Jimenéz was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1939, and raised in a musical family; his grandfather Patricio Jimenéz was an accordion player who embraced the polkas and waltz tunes that are conjunto's stylistic precursors, and Flaco's father, Santiago Jimenéz, Sr., was a pioneering Tex-Mex musician who cut one of the first conjunto records, "Dices Pescao" b/w "Dispensa el Arrempujon" in 1936.

Flaco's first instrument was the bajo sexto (a Mexican variation on the 12-string guitar), which he started to play at age seven, but after he became proficient enough to join his father on-stage, Flaco's interest turned to the accordion, and he developed a joyous, expressive style that was influenced by zydeco master Clifton Chenier as well as his father and his Tex-Mex peers. At 15, Jimenéz formed his first band, Los Caporales, and the group soon won a sizable following in San Antonio, cutting records for a local label and earning a weekly spot on a local television variety show. By the early '60s, Jimenéz was already a Texas legend, playing clubs across the Lone Star State and regularly filling dancehalls in San Antonio with music that fused the classic Tejano sound with elements of blues and country.

Jimenéz gained a loyal fan in Doug Sahm, founder of the Sir Douglas Quintet and a fellow Texas maverick with a taste for crossbreeding rootsy sounds, and in 1973, when Sahm was recording his first solo album for Atlantic Records, he invited Flaco to join him for the sessions (which also included guest spots from Bob Dylan and Dr. John), giving him his first serious recognition outside of the Tejano scene. In 1976, Ry Cooder included Flaco on his album Chicken Skin Music, and the groundbreaking folk and roots music label Arhoolie Records released Flaco Jimenéz & His Conjunto in 1978, finally giving his own music distribution outside of the Southwest. Jimenéz continued to record and tour extensively, broadening his reach across the country and around the world, and in 1988 Dwight Yoakam brought Flaco into the studio to add an accordion part to a duet he recorded with Buck Owens. The tune, "Streets of Bakersfield," became a major country hit, and as Flaco joined Yoakam on tour, he found himself a rising star at the age of 49.

In 1989, Jimenéz and his old friend Doug Sahm teamed up for a new project with country legend Freddy Fender and fellow squeezebox man (and one of Sahm's partners in the Sir Douglas Quintet) Augie Meyers; calling themselves the Texas Tornados, the band scored a deal with Reprise Records and they hit the charts with a re-cut of Meyers local hit "(Hey Baby) Que Paso." A track from the Texas Tornados' debut album, "Soy de San Luis," won a Grammy as Best Mexican-American Performance of 1991, and it would be the first of five Grammys Flaco would receive before the decade was out. Now that Flaco was a bona fide star, he signed with Warner Bros. and released a 1992 solo set, Partners, which included guest appearances from Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Los Lobos. In 1994, the Rolling Stones tapped Flaco to add an accordion solo to their album Voodoo Lounge, and the same year Jimenéz released a self-titled solo set for Arista, a rootsy effort that included vocals from Raul Malo of the Mavericks. A year later, Jimenéz and Malo appeared on record together again when Flaco added a hot accordion solo to the Mavericks' "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" from their album Music for All Occasions, which once again brought Flaco's sound to the upper reaches of the country charts.

The last studio album from the Texas Tornados was released in 1996, but Jimenéz joined up with another supergroup in 1998, Los Super Seven, a collection of top Latin-American musicians, including members of Los Lobos, as well as Joe Ely. Since then, Jimenéz has continued to maintain a busy recording and touring schedule that would tax men half his age as he upholds his status as one of the world's leading ambassadors of Tex-Mex music. A compilation, The Complete Arista Recordings, was released in the late summer of 2015. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Squeeze Box King

1. En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza (In Heaven There Is No Beer)

4. Ojitos Negros

7. La Rosa Negra

11. La Tormenta

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Track List: La Yolanda Y Mas Exitos...

1. Soy Arriero

2. Pedacito De Mi Vida

3. Hoy Quiero

4. Estrellita

5. Moreno No Seas Asi

6. Esperandote

7. Felipe Blanco

8. La Yolanda

9. Quisiera Ser Pensamiento

10. Cantinero Cantinero

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Track List: The Best Of Flaco Jimenez

1. Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio

2. La Tumba Sera El Final

3. El Guero Polkas

4. Cuando Mas Tranquila

5. Poquita Fe

6. Negra Traicion

7. Juarez

8. Gritenme Piedras Del Campo

9. Un Viejo Amor

10. Por Una Mujer Casada

11. La Paloma

12. No Seas Tonta Mujer

13. The Free Mexican Airforce

14. Spanish Eyes

15. Las Gaviotas

16. Un Mojado Sin Licensia

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Track List: Melodias Inolvidables

1. Melodias Inolvidables

2. Victoria

3. La Esperanza

4. Blanca Rosa

5. El Sube Y Baja

6. De San Antonio A Penjamo

7. Los Tres Sabinos

8. La Tipica

9. Carolina

10. Santa Marta

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Track List: Partners

1. Change Partners

2. Marina

3. Carmelita

4. El Puente Roto

5. Across The Borderline

6. Me Esta Matando (Originally Known As 'Plegaria Vallenata')

7. The Girls From Texas

8. West Texas Waltz

9. Las Golondrinas

10. Eres Un Encanto

11. Don't Worry Baby

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Track List: Amor Tapado

1. Vengo A Ver Unos Ojos

2. Amor Tapado

3. Niegalo Pues

4. Mi Corazon Te Quiero

5. Como Que Queria Llover

6. Triguenita Hermosa

7. La Bolsa Vacia

8. El Marino

9. Amor Crecido

10. Rayando El Sol

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Track List: El Internacional

1. Aquel Que Parrandea

2. Buenos Consejos

3. Un Siglo De Amor

4. La Japonesa

5. El Tiempo Es Buen Amigo

6. El Desvelado

7. El Lirio

8. Se Me Fue Mi Amor

9. El Bingo

10. La Duena De La Llave

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Track List: El Pantalon Blue Jean

1. El Pantalon Blueean

2. No Nos Quieren Corazon

3. El Perdido

4. Soy De San Luis

5. El Gavilan

6. Mis Movidas

7. Aburrido De La Vida

8. La Mojadita

9. Cuarenta Cartas

10. Sobre Aviso No Hay Engano

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Track List: El Versatil

1. Delgadita Alta Y Triguena

2. Entre Humo Y Botellas

3. La Bamba

4. South Of The Border

5. Que Lo Sepa El Mundo

6. Cielito Lindo

7. For The Good Times

8. El Rancho Grande

9. Pobre Bohemio

10. Abre El Corazon

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Track List: En Mi Rancho

1. El Rancho De La Ramalada

2. Carta Jugada

3. Quiro Ver

4. Estrellita

5. Entrega Total

6. Pedacito De Mi Vida

7. Hoy Quiero

8. Mi Guerita Coca Cola

9. La Yolanda

10. Cantinero Cantinero

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Track List: Eres Un Encanto

1. La Bola Negra

2. Que Tendre Yo

3. Eres Un Encanto

4. Antonia De Mis Amores

5. Toma Esta Flor

6. La Historia De Mi Vida

7. La Vida Matrera

8. Nuestro Casamiento

9. Clementina

10. La Novia Y El Juez

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Track List: Flaco Jimenez And Friends (English Version)

1. Open Up Your Heart

2. South Of The Border

3. Mexican Joe

4. Help Me Make It Through The Night

5. Sleep Walk

6. La Bamba (English version)

7. El Rancho Grande

8. San Antonio Rose

9. For The Good Times

10. The Pollack Polka

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Track List: Homenaje A Don Santiago Jimenez

1. La Historia De Nuestro Amor

2. Los Botes De Aluminio

3. El Gavilan Pescador

4. Remordimiento

5. Vagabunda

6. Carino Sincero

7. El Pajaro Herido

8. Todo Paso

9. La Viejita

10. La Morena Trinidad

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Track List: Los Mandados

1. Un Adios Y Adelante

2. Un Mojado Sin Licencia

3. El Sabor De Tus Labios

4. Hay Te Guacho Cucaracho

5. Hasta La Vista

6. Soy Culpable

7. El Parrandero

8. Los Mandados

9. Brazos Ajenos

10. Ahora Que Tengo Un Amor

11. Ya Me Voy De Esta Tierra

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Track List: Mi Hawaiana

1. Mi Hawaiana

2. Morena No Seas Asi

3. Tereza La Panadera

4. Conozco A Los Dos

5. Esperandote

6. Felipe Blanco

7. Mi Suerte Ha Cambiado

8. Una Viuda Con Dinero

9. Quisiera Ser Pensamiento

10. Soy Arriero

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Track List: On The Move

1. Es Imposible

2. Amaneci Bebiendo

3. La Movidita

4. Llorar Con Sentimiento

5. Traigo Un Recuerdo

6. Por Esos Campos

7. Balance

8. El Barco Lijero

9. Los Ojitos De La Mar

10. Soy Bandolero

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Love Flaco Jimenez,the Greatest accordionist ever.
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San Antonio here
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noeramos317
Pura musica de flaco jimenez musica perona des de indianapolis miss the valley home town edinburg texas .
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Greatest song ever. Quvo g**y
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Muchos besos al flaquito.
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An awesome dude love that flacito
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am4109.am
West Dallas ching on wacha homie
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Pura musica chingona saludos desde seatlle wa....puro valle de tx
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One of my best. Music from the heart. Good dancing music God Bless
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Love that Flaco!!!!!!
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leonardjrjim e n e z
Thanks for the comments
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Iorenso demonteclaro
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Ruben naranjo
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I miss my family i live in mixico i miss texas
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Love his music reminds me of my childhood I remember my parents and grandparents play his music and makes me wish I was home again
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♡♡♡
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I lve thi's song and laredo
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coolemilyjea n 7
THIS IS NOT HIP FREAKING HOP
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How the hell is this hop hop?!? It's hurting my ears!
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Wa da f....
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phoenix.nobl e
Wtf is this in my hip hop station???
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EG! Is totally right, pandora is drunk
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Ok why is this on my hip hop station go home Pandora you're drunk
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Esta musica texmex esta chingona I love it.wooow.
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puro pinshi pari wey... que viva mi San Anto...
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nomal44
AND NOW IT ALSO LIVES IN MY HEART IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, BUT MY SOUL IS STILL IN ROCKSPRINGS TIL I DIE.
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TEJANO MUSIC ROCKS. FLACO AND FREDDY WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS IN ROCKSPRINGS. NOEL MALDONADO
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lashy602
VIEJO JUNTOS 4-EVER COMO DICEN NOS GABACHOS.... T E AMO MI CHICANO LINDO ARRIBA LA RAZA DE DURANGO
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MIL BESOS Y ABRAZOS PARA TU ESPOSO CARLY DE AMO MI HUERO PALMA
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lashy602
MI AMOR FUE REAL SABES BIEN♡COMO ESTRANO ESAS NOCHES JUNTO ATI MUAH LAS LOKURAS DEL ALMA WHAA
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lashy602
PURA PLEBADA FIRMEMUAH SIN RENCORES LIKE U BOMBAZAS LA LAGUNA SECA
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This is sung by Dwight Yoakum as I would know his voice anywhere...p l e a s e correct your mistake :)
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WOW haven't heard these songs in SO long LOVE his songs GOD BLESS yall always
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Love the music ,keep it up
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I know flaco Jimenez he is my friend
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Got hooked on TEX MEX in 1967. Hang in out with my compas on my way to Viet nam. Love the music y el sentimiento con EsteA musica. SEMPER FI.
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Remenber flco ji menes in fiesta bollroom in bryan texas
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I love flaco's music it reminds me of my dad and those were good times
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Q musica d adeberas y escuchaba cuando andaba cudando las chibas de mi Papa
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Flaco sure can squeeze that box.
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Mecha corta 1 flaco is the best no one can top him puro valley Mercedes y Weslaco tx
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pura misica mexicana jente
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esto no es nada es pura imitacion de musica buena la musica Norteña del alma y para los que no me crean chequen la historia . Ajúa arriba el norte. - chicano anónimo
Tejano music is only imitation of Norteña, the real soul music. If you
don't believe me check the history. -anonymous chicano
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GAVACHOS JOTOS!!!!!
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ESE FLACO, U R BAD BRO, U MAKE US PROUD, FROM MY HEART RESPECT ALWAYS.
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yguzman83
I love Flaco and have seen him perform numerous times. There is no other like him. Many try and just can't do it.
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jft828
Flaco Jimenez has incredible musical talent! Long live Flaco!!
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Marvelous, unique virtuoso who can play like no other. A real treat to see him in any band's personnel.
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