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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, TX 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 dance halls 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 squeeze box 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. 1996 saw the release of the last studio album from the Texas Tornados, but Jimenéz joined up with another supergroup in 1998, los Super Seven, a collection of top Latin American musicians including members of los Lobos and 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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I miss my family i live in mixico i miss texas
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
♡♡♡
I lve thi's song and laredo
coolemilyjea n 7
THIS IS NOT HIP FREAKING HOP
How the hell is this hop hop?!? It's hurting my ears!
Wa da f....
Wtf is this in my hip hop station???
EG! Is totally right, pandora is drunk
Ok why is this on my hip hop station go home Pandora you're drunk
Esta musica texmex esta chingona I love it.wooow.
puro pinshi pari wey... que viva mi San Anto...
nomal44
AND NOW IT ALSO LIVES IN MY HEART IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, BUT MY SOUL IS STILL IN ROCKSPRINGS TIL I DIE.
nomal44
TEJANO MUSIC ROCKS. FLACO AND FREDDY WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS IN ROCKSPRINGS. NOEL MALDONADO
lashy602
VIEJO JUNTOS 4-EVER COMO DICEN NOS GABACHOS.... T E AMO MI CHICANO LINDO ARRIBA LA RAZA DE DURANGO
lashy602
MIL BESOS Y ABRAZOS PARA TU ESPOSO CARLY DE AMO MI HUERO PALMA
lashy602
MI AMOR FUE REAL SABES BIEN♡COMO ESTRANO ESAS NOCHES JUNTO ATI MUAH LAS LOKURAS DEL ALMA WHAA
lashy602
PURA PLEBADA FIRMEMUAH SIN RENCORES LIKE U BOMBAZAS LA LAGUNA SECA
This is sung by Dwight Yoakum as I would know his voice anywhere...p l e a s e correct your mistake :)
Madmusicaona
WOW haven't heard these songs in SO long LOVE his songs GOD BLESS yall always
Love the music ,keep it up
I know flaco Jimenez he is my friend
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.
Remenber flco ji menes in fiesta bollroom in bryan texas
I love flaco's music it reminds me of my dad and those were good times
Q musica d adeberas y escuchaba cuando andaba cudando las chibas de mi Papa
Flaco sure can squeeze that box.
Mecha corta 1 flaco is the best no one can top him puro valley Mercedes y Weslaco tx
pura misica mexicana jente
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
GAVACHOS JOTOS!!!!!
Si
ESE FLACO, U R BAD BRO, U MAKE US PROUD, FROM MY HEART RESPECT ALWAYS.
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.
jft828
Flaco Jimenez has incredible musical talent! Long live Flaco!!
Marvelous, unique virtuoso who can play like no other. A real treat to see him in any band's personnel.
flaco taugt me tejano accordion at my home
This is real soul music, del corazon para la alma que viva TEJAS y el MARINE CORPS, aaajua y aaa-ruga.
Flaco Jimenez..... . . . He's a stud.
jeff.serwat
Love Flaco--keep on rockin for Pollocks--th e polka thing rocks!!
I live in Spanish Harlem and this music put right back in Robstown, TX
Flaco places my parents right here next to me (although, they're far away in So Cal)! Gracias Flaco
This is THE REAL music of Tejas! Yee-Haw & AaaJua!
Why do I love this music?
frank.lopez
Que Pas0? Nada paso. El Tren paso y no pito?
loved soo long
FLACO JIMENEZ IS REALLY GOOD,HAD NOT HEARD OF HIM BEFORE,THANK S PANDORA
islasy
I agree with bandido4, there was a documentary on national TV about Tex-Mex music and Mr. Jimenez was interviewed. I wish I had taped it had I known he was on but I found it too late. I love accordian music and Mr. Jimenez deserves the best of the best in accordian sound.
bigger then a landmark. ICON.san antonio.Fuel .
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