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Patio Andaluz Reunion Stirs Memories

Top pioneers in Tejano, Tex-Mex, big band and more were spotlighted in the Second Annual Patio Andaluz celebration. Our correspondent Ramón Hernández give us this on-the-scene report with photos.

This year’s Second Annual Patio Andaluz concert was a trip down memory lane for the hundreds of San Antonio oldies music fans who attended the event a

t the Guadalupe Plaza.

Couples danced under a starlit night that provided a romantic evening of nostalgia for those over 55; and a lesson in what it was like for their parents and grandparents for those under 35, as the Tribute Band and Larry Lange backed up singer after singer.

The Tribute Band includes Chente Montes, Rudy Palacios and Little Henry Parrilla, three former Sunliners and the latter a star in his own right. Ralph Cortes, a former lead singer with Latin Breed, and Roland Martínez make up the rest of the band.

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and his wife Councilwoman Alice Cisneros were lost in the ‘50s and ‘60s as they danced to the music, sat out a few numbers and made a trip to a table where Cisneros purchased a stack of CDs by Jimmy Edward and other vocalists.

Wal Mart’s Robert Romo and César Chávez March leader Jaimé Martínez also did a mean step or two with their respective wives.

In addition to the aforementioned who took turns singing lead vocals, Ernie Garibay of Cats Don’t Sleep paid tribute to his brother Randy and Joe Jama sang his autobiographical “My Life.” Later he and Joanna Ramírez sang “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Incidentally, Ramirez just recorded the Jama penned song in duet with Lange in what she described as a northern soul song.

One of the highlights of the evening came when (Francisco) Rico Del Barrio, a Dimas Garza protégé sporting a black and white zoot suit took the stage and sang four tunes made famous by his mentor. Lange and Danny Muraida sang backup vocals as Rico breezed revived old and bittersweet memories with his rendition of “Love Me,” “I Want to Be Loved” (written by Garza), “Don’t Leave Me Baby” and “You’ve Succeeded.” The latter, which Garza wrote and recorded as Dimas III, is a hard-to-find vintage single on the Clown label.

If Muraida looked familiar, it’s because he used to



 

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