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nine months later, he called me and said, ‘Let’s form a group,’ ” Hernández recalled. 

Instead, they changed the name of the Young Ones to The Royal Jesters. Lawson, Hernández, Pedraza, Bobby Cantú and Charlie Walker made up the original vocal quintet. Louis Escalante and Tony Arce replaced Cantú and Walker in 1959. 

Recalling the 1960s when Sunny (Ozuna) and the Sunliners and Little Joe & The Latineers were the two pioneers to be reckoned with, “The Royal Jesters were so popular, they were the only other group that we worried about,” Ozuna revealed in an earlier interview. 

Hernández later said, “In February 1977, we just retired. Little Joe, Sunny and we were at the top, so we figured we wanted to be remembered as a successful group. That’s ‘one’ of the reasons we quit when we did. 

“Since then we have lost three trumpet players (Víctor “Picky” Alvarado on March 20, 1993, Jerry Aguirre are two of them), one trombone Roger Paul “Torso” Rivera) and one guitar player (Ray Zulle),” Hernández added. 

Aguirre, who later formed Brown Brandy, died on stage when he hit a high note and just keeled over circa 2004- 2005. 

One of their many vocalists Dimas Garza, who replaced Pedraza in early 1964, died on November 12, 2008 at the young age of 68. Now let’s pray we don’t lose 73-year-old Lawson.

Please share your memories, photos, stories about the Jesters or Lawson. Also, check back for updates.

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A great loss to the community and the world of music
written by Theresa Dougherty, January 09, 2011
During the 60's we followed them anytime they played in San Antonio...and it was usually at the school dances! Have great memories of those times. I remember Fernando Arrangua was in the band at the time. The guys were always great to their fans and unlike the musicians now, they had no large egos! They made themselves available to their fans...one huge difference of Tejano vs Anglo music.
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written by Randy Davis, January 08, 2011
He was the sweetest Husband, Father and Grandpa. I'll miss him greatly
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written by james lawson one of oscar's sons, January 08, 2011
we just lost our hero thank you all for everything
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written by james lawson one of oscar's sons, January 08, 2011
we just lost our hero thank you all for everything
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written by james lawson one of oscar's sons, January 08, 2011
we just lost our hero thank you all for everything
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Close friend od the Royal Jester.
written by Bobby Galvan, January 06, 2011
I happy to say that the RJ's final perfrormance was to benefit the Hispanic Veterans Monument. Fortunally, we were able to capture on Video. As we waited back stage, Oscar seemed very nervous. The RJ's gave a great performance. I also interviewed theRj's. I asked Oscar which /rj's he would waqnt to be remember . He repied "we Go Together". It reminded of the time innocence and young loung love. He was refering to 60's.

I was at hospital this morning (01.06.11) with Oscar and his wife, Rosemary and their children when the priest gave him the last
rights.

PleAE oSCAr and his family and firends in your praise.
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Close friend of the Lawson family
written by Bobby Galvan, January 06, 2011
The Royal Jesters gave their performance on October 16, 2010 for fundraiser for Hispanic Veterans Monument. It my honor to introduce them on stage. My wife, Lourdes Galvan is the creator of the monument.

Having known Oscar, Henry and Louie for almost 45 years was ver excitng for everyone who grew with their music I was at hospital with Oscar when the priest gave him the last rights. His wife Rosemary is very positive Oscar will recover. Please keep Oscar and family your prayers.
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written by Joe Sandoval, January 06, 2011
I knew Oscar from the Patio days. At the time I was in the Slicks Car Club. Throughout the years thereafter we kept in touch because of his CTSA years and mine in the local media. I was deeply troubled by the news of the stroke and am still trying absorb what it means to his family and what it will mean to his many friends. There have been many individuals that have been a part of the Royal Jesters, but there is only one Oscar Lawson. My prayers are with he and his family.
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REY RAMOS ORCH
written by REY RAMOS, January 05, 2011
WE ARE PRAYING FOR LASWON, HIS GROUP WAS A BIG INFLUENCE HERE IN CORPUS, MY BAND
WAS THE INTERMISSION FOR THE JESTER AT THE COUROSEL NIGHT CLUB IN CORPUS, WE WOULD ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD IN WORKING WITH THEM, MAY GOD BLESS OSCAR

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