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Oscar Lawson, a pioneering artist who led a San Antonio group into national acclaim passed away Saturday in San Antonio. He died as a result of a stroke he suffered Wednesday at his home.

He was 73.  (Comments below) Tejano Gold to air special - details below.

The San Antonio group was the world famous Royal Jesters and their superhits included some of the most memorable tunes from a vivacious soundtrack

of love and life – “My Angel Of Love," "Please Say You Want Me," "Muchachita" and of course, "We Go Together."

Funeral detail coming

From all accounts, Lawson was an influential musician, an inspiring artist and a fine family man.

Lawson and the Royal Jesters accomplished what millions of artists aspire to, and precious few rarely accomplish – true success in thrilling fans with chart hits in a sparkling career that inspired - and inspires - many more fans and artists.

Lawson’s musical footprint looms large in Tex-Mex history. (See Royal Jester bio data below)

“What I’ll remember the most about him was the fact that he and Henry Hernandez were co-founders of one of the first Chicano groups from San Antonio that made it big on the national scene,” said Ramon Hernandez, historian and owner of Hispanic Entertainment Archives.

David Marez, another towering figure in the history of Central Texas music, was still reeling from the news late Saturday afternoon.

“They just called about an hour ago and I am truly shocked… it just happened so fast,” he said. “

Marez was one of those gifted local singers that Lawson and Henry Hernandez had the keen vision to recruit and who would help them forge the Jesters' longstanding reputation as a top shelf group.

Well-known radio DJ Lee Woods remembered in a 2006 interview, that the group was top rank in their day: “When the Royal Jesters were in their prime, they played in every major venue in town. They played hundreds of public and private concerts, weddings, quincianeras. So much so, generations of San Antonio grew up with them.

 “The Royal Jesters were the monster group of their day, almost a decade before



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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