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Peter Santillano Rises Out of the Ashes

Peter Santillano - Photo by Ramon Hernandez
(Peter Santillano is not a well known name in Tex-Mex circles but he has a storied past as documented in this report by Ramon Hernandez.)

Peter Santillano might be a late bloomer, but the wait may well be worth it.
The Hondo, Texas-native has been singing since 1954. However, it was not until fifty years later that he recorded his first compact disc, “Caminos Chuecos.”
 
“It’s something I recorded at Max Baca’s tudio for me and my grandkids (Abel Peter, Josiah Cephas, Tresbella Novel and Trinity Jolene),” Santillano said during an 
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Tex-Mex hero Cornelio Reyna dead at 50

Cornelio Reyna JrBy RAMIRO BURR
His name was always among the towering legends in the evolution of Tex-Mex and norteno music.

Yet while the name Cornelio Reyna Jr. was often associated with the pioneers of border music, he never quite reached the stratosphere the way his late famous father did.

According to a family spokesman Rafael Montiel, Reyna Jr. died of apparent respiratory failure in a downtown Mexico City hospital on Aug. 6.  He was 50.

Music fans on the fringe

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Tex-Mex pioneer 'Snowball' blazed trail in RGV

Classic Tejano lost another hero recently when pioneer Ramiro "Snowball" de la Cruz passed away of a heart attack.

De La Cruz, 68, died May 20 in McAllen.

Many fans may recall De La Cruz as heading the band Snowball and Co which backed up another pioneer – Laura Canales in her early career. Canales had originally begun her career with Los Unicos and followed with a short stint with El Conjunto Bernal before joining Snowball.

Actually, De La Cruz is recognized for many contributions. With Canales in the group, the band

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Who wrote Latin Breed's "El Tejano Enamorado," perhaps the national anthem of Tejano?
 

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Shock, disbelief, sadness spread quickly Saturday night when the news broke of Whitney Houston's death. These are the usual reactions when such what-was-that type news begins to circulate.
 
Houston died Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 48.
Officials have as yet, no official cause but 
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