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Little Joe Y La Familia

The traditional Tex-Mex style of norteño was fused by Little Joe (born Jose Maria DeLeon Hernandez) with influences of country music, blues, and rock to create the uptempo hybrid known as tejano. Together with his band, Y la Familia Borrachera, Little Joe has enabled his music to reach far beyond the Texas and Mexico borders. In 1992, their album Diez y Seis de Septiembre received a Grammy Award as Best Mexican American Performance.

The seventh of 13 children, Little Joe began playing music in 1953 with his cousin David Coronado's band, David Coronado & the Latinaires. Two years later, he performed his first paid gig with the band at a high-school sock hop in Cameron, Texas. In 1958, Little Joe made his recording debut with the song "Safari," released by Torrero Records in Corpus Christi, Texas. The following year, Little Joe's brother Jesse joined the band on bass and vocals. When Coronado left shortly afterwards, Little Joe assumed leadership of the group. Throughout the early '60s, Little Joe led the band through a series of recordings on small independent labels. He underwent a personal transformation after Jesse died in an automobile accident in 1964. Determined to achieve commercial success, he altered his musical approach to include more rock and blues influences.

In 1968, Little Joe formed two labels of his own: Buena Suerte for recordings in Spanish, and Good Luck for recordings in English. He later added a third label, Leona Records. His musical approach shifted again in 1970. After performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he became enchanted by "Latinismo" and changed the name of his band again. In 1985, Little Joe y la Familia signed their first major-label recording deal with WEA International. Two years later, Little Joe formed his fourth label -- Redneck -- and released the double live album 25th Silver Anniversary. After releasing two albums for WEA, Little Joe switched to Sony International, where he remained until 1983, when he launched his fifth label, Tejano Discos. His first release on the label, "Que Paso," earned him his third Grammy nomination. In 1996, Little Joe performed on the Frankie Yankovic album Songs of the Polka King, Vol.1, singing a duet with Yankovic of "Just Because/Si Porque." Little Joe has appeared in two films: Proposition 187, a Deadly Law and Down for the Barrio. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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joe are the best lots of good memories
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being from san antonio texas we know what good tejano music is...little joe one of the best...mazz second all others behind
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This is true San Antonio party music. The tejano capital of the world..
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Viva Little Joe
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Little Joe Es Numero 1 in my book, & in the Familia Sierra's From Douglas, Arizona
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I still hate you..
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Brindis nadien como el para cantartela.. d o n d e ? ? Saludos...
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Poe un amor quedan tuertos y ma's feliz q nunca
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Hay ta LA novia..
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I grow up hearing the Best of Little Joe Y La Familia! Villa from Tucson,az
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Como t quedo el ojo hija..
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lashy602
PURO TEXAS TATA Y ARRIBA MI NANA JAAAA
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lashy602
Ajuassss jaja
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Thank you so much love the lil Joe y la familia radio ������������
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nmmedina8
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for all your wonderful music that we grew up with and enjoyed. Alot of variety in your music. The best.
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Raul. Baiza. I've. Always. Love. Tejano. Fort. Worth. Tx
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My cousin Lupe was going to Lubbock Tx with Little Joe in his car Little Joe ask if could smoke my cousin said yes so he lite a bad up.
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Little Joe y la familia has always been a family favorite! We love you Joe. The Barreda family Tucson, Az
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The best music of the new Joe is coming to El Paso in New Years Eve
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TAKE ME BACK TO OLD SCHOOL TEJANO
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tinamgalindo
O yes turn it up!!��������
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Man this music brings back memories of my teenager years. This music is the Bonn. ��������
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HORALE COBRONES ES HORA DE PISTIAR HASTA EL KEKE TODA LA NOCHE LA MEJOR MUSIC TEJANO NO CHINGADERAS ARRIBA SAN ANTONIO TEXAS
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Fran- Marty de Brown Town We'll always be grateful for lil Joe's u La Familias music , Es lo mejor , y Es todo brother.
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the best of the best
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leandrogutie r r e z 0
Love tejano music it's the best
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I like to hear the music of Little Joe y la familia famous
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joe love your music you are #1
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Love Tex Mex and especially Little Joe....
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He is the best
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lashy602
AL CIENASO W LIL JOE Y LA FAMILIA;-)
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I might live in California but I well always be a true Tejano.Thank Joe 4 the memory's
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The first time I heard little joe y la familia I fell in love with their music.
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Awesome music! One Christmas we played Little Joe's music and my brother,Joel sang Margarita all night long. We had no idea my brother has a great singing voice! Little Joe will rule forever! Thanks Pandora! Es todo brother!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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love his music my friends! ��✌
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Hey LIL JOE This is Martin Aragon DE Homestead Florida.U r awesome keep it up
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Arriba la Raza,,, keep it Tejano and Proud. True Tejano

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Canciones de mis tíos y los tiempos de mi mama. Texano, filipino mi familia son.
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maryvelsanto s
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Thanks little Joe for keeping my fathers memory alive with your music. Every time, I hear tex-mex it brings a smile to my face. I'm pretty sure he is smiling from heaven. He was a prideful TEXAN.... :) We love TEXAS!
And rock on....TEXAS!
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santosj526
thanks, emma Ortiz
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Num one little Joe always God bless u always
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7/3/14 see you at the Raza On The Plaza Lubbock,Tx Baby
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Listening to Little Joe's music makes this 64 year old smile as I fondly remember those long ago days with friends, family, and bailes in Marfa, Texas. The body may grow old but the heart stays forever young....tha n k s Joe for the memories...
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Lupe.caballe r o 5 I been listening to all your songs I was only 15. And I enjoy every song u sing! Many blessing to u and the band dudes
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Dude i been listening to all yours songs i was only five and i love them all God bless you always your num one
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slchato_79
Their is nothing little about Littley Joe and his music Wow !
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I started playing when I married my husband in 1974 I fell in love with his music , my favorite is Ella
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He just played on Saturday in Pharr Texas awesome time
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If your DJ does not play Los Nubes at your wedding or quince, you got ripped off.Paz
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