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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

 of Tex-Mex may dismiss the name, not quite understanding how family tradition, musical heritage and regional music came together in one of those unusual circumstances where legends are born.

But true norteno and Tejano aficionados will see the connections that Reyna Jr. has within the Tex-Mex music industry.

Reyna Jr. was a singer/songwriter, following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Cornelio Reyna. The Reyna songwriting heritage, especially when Reyna Sr partnered with another norteno hero, Ramon Ayala in the seminal Los Relampagos del Norte, contributed a ton of hits to the Tejano and conjunto canon.

Almost every Tex-Mex group from Emilio to Little Joe to Xelencia have covered their hits including “Hay Ojitos,” “Un Dia con Otro,” “Mil Noches, “Te Traigo estas Flores,” and “Me Cai de las Nubes.”

According to spokesman Rafael Montiel, Reyna died at 3 a.m. Aug. 6, of apparent respiratory failure in a downtown Mexico City hospital.  He was 50.

Reyna Jr, was very much like the other sons of famous musical fathers from Alejandro Fernandez to Pedro Infante Jr. Reyna Jr. enjoyed an easy entry into the music scene, thanks to the historic accomplishments of his father, who rose in prominence thanks to his prolific songwriting beginning in the 1960s. And while Reyna Jr. worked hard to reach the status of his father, he never quite achieved the same level.

During his heyday, Reyna Sr. , who died on Jan. 22, 1997, teamed up with Ramon Ayala in Los Relampagos Del Norte, scoring a ton of massive hits including “Mil Noches, “Te Traigo estas Flores,” and “Me Cai de las Nubes.”

While popular in Tex-Mex circles, Reyna and Ayala were


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