Mexican American musicians

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  1. Paula DeAnda

    Paula DeAnda


    Paula Dacia DeAnda (born November 3, 1989) is an American pop singer-songwriter and actress. She first came to prominence with her first single, "Doing Too Much", which became a hit in the Southwest. She then got the opportunity to audition for Clive Davis, who signed her to Arista Records on the spot. Her debut album, Paula DeAnda, was released in 2006 and contained the US Billboard Hot 100 top twenty song "Walk Away (Remember Me)".

  2. Joan Baez

    Joan Baez


    Joan Baez (ˈb.ɛz; born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people's work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.

  3. Natalie Mejia

    Natalie Mejia


    Natalie Mejia (born May 7, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and occasional rapper. Mejia is best known as a former member of the musical group Girlicious.

  4. Ritchie Valens

    Ritchie Valens


    Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he was killed in a plane crash.

  5. Jaci Velasquez

    Jaci Velasquez


    Jacquelyn "Jaci" Davette Velasquez (Spanish Jaci Velásquez, born October 15, 1979 in Houston, Texas) is an American actress and Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer, performing in both English and Spanish.

  6. Yuridia



    Yuridia Francisca Gaxiola Flores (born October 4, 1986, in Hermosillo, Sonora) is a popular Mexican singer who gained international fame by coming 2nd place in the hit reality show La Academia. In 2005, Yuridia released her debut album La Voz de un Ángel. It became the second best-selling album in 2006 and one of the fastest-selling albums of all time in Mexico. It has been certified Diamond since its release. Her second album, Habla El Corazón was certified Platinum in Mexico after a few weeks of release. Entre Mariposas, Yuridia's third album with original songs, was released in late 2007. It was certified gold selling more than 50,000 copies within the first week of being released, peaking at number one position in the top selling charts.

  7. Los Lobos

    Los Lobos


    Los Lobos (Spanish for "The Wolves") are a multiple Grammy Award–winning Mexican American rock band from East Los Angeles, California. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. They gained international stardom in 1987 when their cover version of Ritchie Valens' La Bamba topped the charts in the US, the UK and in several other countries.

  8. The Lennon Sisters

    The Lennon Sisters


    The Lennon Sisters are an American vocal group initially consisting of four of the six sisters from a family of 11 siblings -- 6 girls, 5 boys: Dianne Barbara (a.k.a. DeeDee) (b. 1 December 1939), Peggy (Margaret Anne) (b. 8 April 1941), Kathy (Kathleen Mary) (b. 2 August 1943), and Janet (Janet Elizabeth) (b. 15 June 1946). All 11 Lennon children were born in Los Angeles, California.

  9. Freddy Fender

    Freddy Fender


    Freddy Fender (4 June 1937 – 14 October 2006), born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, United States, was a Mexican American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician, known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados. He is best known for his 1975 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and the subsequent remake of his own "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

  10. Mimi Fariña

    Mimi Fariña


    Mimi Baez Fariña (born Margarita Mimi Baez, April 30, 1945 – July 18, 2001) was a singer-songwriter and activist, the youngest of three daughters to a Scottish mother and a Mexican-American physicist, Albert Baez. She was the younger sister of the singer and activist Joan Baez.

  11. Rick Trevino

    Rick Trevino


    Ricardo Treviño, Jr. (born May 16, 1971), known professionally as Rick Trevino, is a Grammy-Award winning Mexican American country music artist. Signed to Columbia Nashville in 1993, Trevino began his career that year with the release of his debut single, "Just Enough Rope", the first mainstream country music single to feature separate English and Spanish-language versions. The song was included on his debut album Dos Mundos; a self-titled album followed a year later. Trevino has charted a total of fourteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and recorded seven studio albums. His highest-charting single, "Running Out of Reasons to Run", spent one week at Number One in 1997.

  12. Johnny Rodriguez

    Johnny Rodriguez


    Juan Raul Davis "Johnny" Rodriguez (born December 10, 1951) is an American country music singer. He was the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds, and even singing verses of songs in Spanish.

  13. Poncho Sanchez

    Poncho Sanchez


    Poncho Sanchez (born October 30, 1951), is a Mexican-American conguero (conga player), Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer. In 2000, Sanchez and his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for their work on the Concord Picante album Latin Soul. Sanchez has performed with artists Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power, among others.

  14. El Chicano

    El Chicano


    El Chicano is an American chicano rock and brown-eyed soul group from Los Angeles, California, whose style incorporates various modern music genres including rock, funk, soul, blues, jazz, and salsa. The group's name is from Chicano, a term for United States citizens of typically Mexican American descent.

  15. Flaco Jimenez

    Flaco Jimenez


    Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez (born March 11, 1939) is a Conjunto, Norteño and Tejano music accordionist from San Antonio, Texas.

  16. Pete Escovedo

    Pete Escovedo


    Peter "Pete" Michael Escovedo (born 13 July 1935 in Pittsburg, California) is a Mexican-American musician percussionist.

  17. Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs

    Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs


    Domingo "Sam" Samudio (born 6 March 1937, Dallas, Texas), better known by his stage name Sam the Sham, is a retired American rock and roll singer. Sam the Sham was known for his camp robe and turban and hauling his equipment in a 1952 Packard hearse with maroon velvet curtains. As the front man for the Pharaohs, he sang on several Top 40 hits in the mid-1960s, notably the Hot 100 runners up "Wooly Bully" and "Li'l Red Riding Hood".

  18. Tito Larriva

    Tito Larriva


    Humberto "Tito" Larriva is a Mexican/American song writer, singer, musician, and actor.

  19. Lighter Shade of Brown

    Lighter Shade of Brown


    A Lighter Shade of Brown (LSOB) was a Mexican American hip hop duo from Riverside, California best known for their 1990 hit single "On a Sunday Afternoon", a success in the U.S., written by songwriters/musicians David Dunson & Micah Carson.

  20. Coke Escovedo

    Coke Escovedo


    Joseph Thomas "Coke" Escovedo (April 30, 1941 – July 13, 1986) was an American percussionist.

  21. Lydia Mendoza

    Lydia Mendoza


    Lydia Mendoza (May 21, 1916 – December 20, 2007) was an American guitarist and singer of Tejano, conjunto, and traditional Mexican-American music. She is known as "La Alondra de la Frontera" (or "The Lark of the Border" in English).

  22. Coco Montoya

    Coco Montoya


    Coco Montoya (born Henry Montoya, October 2, 1951, Santa Monica, California) is an American blues guitarist and singer and former member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

  23. The Cruzados

    The Cruzados


    The Cruzados were a 1980s rock band from Los Angeles, California. The Cruzados evolved out of the punk band The Plugz; Tito Larriva, Steven Hufsteter, Chalo Quintana and Tony Marsico.

  24. Rosie Flores

    Rosie Flores


    Rosie Flores (born September 10, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas) is a rockabilly and country music artist. Her music blends rockabilly, honky tonk, jazz, and Western swing along with traditional influences from her Tex-Mex heritage. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where August 31 was declared Rosie Flores Day by the Austin City Council in 2006.

  25. Cannibal And The Headhunters

    Cannibal And The Headhunters


    Cannibal & The Headhunters are an American band from East Los Angeles. They were one of the first Mexican-American groups to have a national hit record, "Land of a Thousand Dances", recorded on the Rampart label. They were the opening act on The Beatles' second American tour, backed up by the King Curtis band.

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