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(Royal Jester Oscar Lawson touched a lot of lives in his long professional life. Our correspondent Ramón Hernández checks in from the final gathering.)

The mood was sad yet joyous and the atmosphere was somber yet festive as hundreds of Óscar Lawson’s peers packed the Mission Park Funeral Home to pay their last respects.

Former Royal Jester vocalists Henry Hernández, Louie Escalante, Jack Martínez, David Marez and Joe Jama were all present; as well as a slew of former Jester

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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

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New Years Eve is just around the corner as we zip into the new year.

Meantime, more shows lining up for January and early spring. Also upcoming top shows on tap: Rodney Crowell, Lady Gaga, Ozzy and more.

Robin Trower  Big '70s hard rock hero returns to town to showcase guitar chops. Latest CD, “The Playful Heart.” $30. www.samsburgerjoint.com. Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., 210-223-2830. 7 p.m., Feb. 13.  8:30 p.m.

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(The Royal Jesters have been influential and instrumental not only in the history of Tex-Mex but also pop/rock music in Central Texas. The albums, the awards and the accolades are too many to list but here our correspondent Ramon Hernandez provides this update on Lawson's critical condition.)

Óscar Lesley Lawson has suffered a massive stroke and officials say he needs to survive major surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

UPDATE 1/7: No change in status - Bobby Galvan

UPDATE 1/6: According to cllose family friend Bobby Galvan, Lawson was given last rites Thursday morning. "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." However a decision to have surgery has not been made. His family has hopes that it will not be necessary.

According to Robert González, Lawson was in the shower on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 5 when he experienced the stroke. 

Please check back for updates.

Besides being a personal friend,

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Big names from Tejano’s past will come together Dec. 31 for the New Year’s Eve Bash - "Yesterday, today & Tomorrow."

The artists will include Rudy Palacios & Alamo City Band, Rudy Tee Gonzales of the Reno Bops and Rick Balderrama & La Patria. Also performing Rico Del Barrio in a Tribute to Dimas Garza

The New Year’s Evee dance is scheduled Dec. 31 at the

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Yes it's true. The telephone calls and text messages had continued incessantly since about 9 p.m. Was it true? The exact time is not known but the conjunto legend Esteban Jordan died late Friday. He was 71. FUNERAL DETAILS BELOW

Jordan had been chronically ill in recent years, suffering from liver cancer. Jordan was one of a kind. He was temperamental, reclusive, stand-offish.

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But on stage the Grammy nominee and Tejano Conjunto Hall of Famer was electric, able to squeeze more tones out of an

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.    RITMO PILON-CHENTE BARRERA
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