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Already a major figure in Tejano music, "Little Joe" Hernandez embraced Chicano pride on this 1972 album, which aimed to expand the style's possibilities. While some songs feature traditional ranchero sounds, the best ones stretch the boundaries. "Las Nubes" touches on big-band jazz and is recorded in both English and Spanish. "This Time" is a straight-up pop song with a hint of Bacharach in the arrangement, while "La Tuna" is a hot slab of Latin rock with echoes of War and early Santana.

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The King of The Brown Sound

One of the best tejano albums put out.Little Joe Knows Tejano.


Formed: 1959

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

In the tradition of orquesta Tejana, Little Joe Hernandez is hardly a diminutive figure. He was highly influenced by the earlier performer Beto Villa, and together the two men are the most recognized figures in this genre, a sibling to the Mexican-American style known as conjunto. The two forms of music are literally singing history books. For many years the orquesta Tejano style was like the high class version of conjunto, the choice of upwardly mobile Tejanos who considered conjunto low-rent. Indeed,...
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