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Lydia Mendoza

Dubbed "La Alondra de la Frontera," singer Lydia Mendoza was an early legend of Tejano music. Born May 21, 1916, in Houston, TX, she was the product of a musical family; she performed with her parents and sister Francisca in a group, La Familia Mendoza, which found success in local variety shows, and her other sisters Maria and Juanita made up their own popular duet act, Las Hermanas Mendoza. In 1928 Mendoza's father spotted an advertisement in a Spanish-language newspaper calling for musical groups, and they soon traveled to San Antonio to record for the Okeh label; their profits from the session funded a move to Detroit, MI, in the pursuit of migrant labor. There the Mendozas earned a dedicated fan base among their fellow migrant workers and other Latin Americans who had journeyed north during the Mexican Revolution.

Upon returning to Texas during the early '30s to play San Antonio's Plaza de Zacate, La Familia Mendoza earned another opportunity to record in 1934. After cutting a half-dozen tracks with the entire family unit, Lydia was offered the opportunity to record another six songs solo; among them was "Mal Hombre," which became a major hit throughout the Spanish-speaking community. Its success led to a contract with the Bluebird label, for whom she recorded close to 200 songs between 1934 and 1940; she also became the featured talent in the family show, backed by her sisters, before the outbreak of World War II brought a halt to their touring schedule. Following her mother's 1952 death, Mendoza continued as a solo performer, recording for labels including Falcon, Ideal, and Victor; a noted songwriter, she also penned the Tejano perennial "Amor Bonito." She announced her retirement in 1988 and passed away nearly 20 years later in late 2007. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Las Más Pegadas

4. Cielito Lindo

5. Cantando

6. La Borrachita

7. Cuatro Vidas

8. Me Piden

9. Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros

10. La Barca De Guaymas

11. Los Barandales

12. Cuando El Destino

13. Te Vas, Te Vas

15. Mundo Engañoso

16. Celosa

17. Un Viejo Amor

18. Arrullo

19. Prenda Del Alma

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Track List: The Best Of Lydia Mendoza

1. Mal Hombre

2. Tu Diras

4. Delgadina

5. Piensa En Mi

9. Aunque Me Odies

11. Si Fue Por Eso

12. No Es Culpa Mia

13. Besando La Cruz

14. Luis Pulido

15. Amor Bonito

16. Flores Negras

17. Pero Ay Que Triste

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Track List: La Alondra De La Frontera Con Orquesta Falcon

1. Mundo Enganoso

2. Invierno En Abril

3. La Prieta

4. Nomas Lo Que Soy

5. Larga Condena

6. Que Desconsuelo

7. Amor De Marde

8. Te Dedico Esta Cancion

9. Yo Vendo Unas Ojos Negros

10. El Limpiabotas

11. Ausente Yo Me Encuentro

12. Por Una Calle Vagando

13. Nuestro Problema

14. Tres Cartas

15. Cantando

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Track List: La Alondra De La Frontera - Live!

1. La Feria De Las Flores

2. Gitana

3. Mal Hombre (Live)

4. Celosa

5. Munequita Linda

6. El Mundo Enganoso (Live)

7. Amor De Madre

8. El Gorioncillo Pecho Amarillo

9. Torero

10. Por Ti, Ay! Por Ti

11. Adelita

12. Pero Ay Que Triste (Live)

13. Tango Negro (Live)

14. La Cama De Piedra

15. Flores Negras

16. Popurri: Pajarito Baranqueno/ Ojos De Pancha, Etc.

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Track List: Vida Mia

1. Cosas Que Suceden

2. Todo Por Ti

3. Cuando Tu Me Quieras

4. Plegaria

6. La Bamba

8. Dices Bien Mio

9. La Pollita

10. No Puede Dejar De Quererte

12. Mal Hombre

13. Amor Sin Esperanza

14. Pobrecita De Mi Alma

15. Fue Mentira (Mentirosa)

16. Lejos

17. Ojos Tristes

18. Temo

19. Tengo A Mi Lupe

21. Lejos De Ti

22. No Sabes Comprender

23. La China

25. El Coco

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Track List: First Queen Of Tejano Music

1. Amor Bonito

3. El Deber De Los Dos

4. Soy Rebelde

6. Te Quieres Ir

7. Amor Con Amor Se Paga

8. En Cada Copa

9. Seguire Tus Pasos

11. A Ti Madre

13. Acabame De Matar

15. Amor En Duda

16. Tu Sabes Bien

17. Tinieblas

18. Que Hiciste Con Mis Besos

19. Cuando Se Pierde La Madre

21. Sin Querer

22. Hoy Que Vuelvo

23. Porque Piensas En Ti

25. Amor Maldito

26. Pa' Que Me Dice Cosas

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Track List: Mal Hombre

1. Mal Hombre

2. Al Pie De Tu Reja

3. Pero Hay Que Triste

4. Los Besos De Mi Negra

5. Mundo Endganoso

6. Sigue Adelante

7. El Lirio

8. La Constenita

9. Monterrey

10. Amorcito Consentido

11. Las Cuatro Milpas

12. No Quiero Ser Casado

13. Palida Luna

14. Pajarito Herido

15. Sola

16. La Jaibera

17. Tu Partida

18. Nunca

19. La Boda Negra

20. Tu Diras

21. Punalada

22. Delgadina

23. Celia

24. Jurame

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Track List: La Gloria De Texas

1. No Es Culpa Mia

2. Mi Problema

3. Mujer Paseada

4. Amor Bonito

5. Collar De Perlas

6. Luis Pulido

7. Aunque Venga Muy Borracho

8. Sin Fe

9. Malaguena Salerosa

10. Ojitos Verdes

11. Besando La Cruz

12. Hace Un Ano

13. Tango Negro

14. Silverio Perez

15. Olvidarte Ja Mas

16. Zenaida

17. No Puede Dejar De Quererte

18. Margarita, Margarita

19. Delgadina

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No la conocía pero me gusta su voz esta llena de armónicos y cantaba de una forma tan natural que su voz esta colocada muy bien.
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Mis respetos pa esta gran senora Hermosa forma de tocar la guitara
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My favorite female vocalist of all time!
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rosiesinger4 9
wow, found Lydia Mendoza 1988 album la gloria de Texas Loved it! So glad I found her again. Thanks!
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Beautiful & heart tugging.
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Llega al corazon! Beautiful! Joe Hernandez
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THANKS,A-LOT , Y U - G U Y S - B E E N , V E R Y - G O O D - A T - F I N D I N G - G O O D , O L D , M U S I C A - I , M , V E R Y - S A T I S F I E D . I , M , F R O M , C H I H U A H U A , M E X , . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Love Las Hermanas Mendoza

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