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and in the late '60s broke away from Alfonso, to start his own band in Austin.

 

Ramos and Alfonso were also influenced by R&B, soul, jazz and particularly groups from the big band era.

 

Of the dozen-plus songs the Ramoses played Thursday, highlights included "Cruz de Madera," "Los Laureles,"  the always striking "Silencio del La Noche" and the humble gospel tune "Un dia a La Vez."

 

"The first song that I sang on stage, was Fats Domino's 'BlueBerry Hill'," Ramos said. 'It was simple and easy to learn, and I could sing it while playing the drums."

 

Ramos had the crowd in stitches when, ironically, he described having to relearn Spanish when he started singing Mexican classics.

 

"There were songs I murdered because I didn't' know what the words meant and didn't know how to pronounce them," he said. "I remember singing 'La del Monio Colorado,' and saying 'la demonio colorado'."

 

Like Little Joe, Ruben Ramos is one of the towering giants in Tejano, who still casts a long influential shadow.

 

The Ramoses described growing up in a humble environment, their early influences and their dreams. They were trying to find their own place in the sun, in a country with so much promise and opportunity amid so many economic, political and class obstacles.

 

Despite the tough times, Ramos kept a philosphical outlook.

 

"Looking back I think it has been a good road," he said. "I think you have to experience some kind of bad, otherwise you would not know to appreciate the good times.

 

"We want to thank all the fans. Without them, without their support, we would be nothing," Ramos said.

 

The audience of some 85 fans inside the packed back room were mesmerized at the musical beauty and compelling stories coming off the stage Thursday.

 

It was too much to capture in words.

 

The old, classic songs engaged the spirit, while the stories had a powerful grip.

  

The Ramoses chased the dreams, the dreams that every generation has pursued since the dawn of time.

 

Along the way, they inspired others.

The facts of their struggles, their rise and eventual arrival is all well documented in my 1999 book "The Billboard Guide to Tejano and regional Mexican Music," on Billboard Books.

Anyway, Thursday night, they reminded us that worthwhile success never comes easy, and that the price in blood, sweat and tears only elevates the dream when it does arrive.

 

Check these Photos.

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written by Amelia Amie Castillo, September 26, 2009
I agree with Michael, This article is awesome ,just like the Ramos brothers,sister Inez, were! Ruben words ,stories also made me recall some of the hardships we went thru in my family. And even thou we were poor ,there was joy as well. we found joy and happiness in the smallest things as a family. No television , Ipods either.
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Great article
written by Michael Arellano, September 26, 2009
Wow, what a great article!!!
Please can i use this one also for the webpage!
You are a master craftsman with words...
I am touched that my name would ever make one of your articles...
Thank you very much for your support...we really hope you had a good time - it was an honor to have you there.
Michael
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Great article
written by Michael Arellano, September 26, 2009
Wow, what a great article!!!
Please can i use this one also for the webpage!
You are a master craftsman with words...
I am touched that my name would ever make one of your articles...
Thank you very much for your support...we really hope you had a good time - it was an honor to have you there.
Michael

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