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Little Joe Y La Familia

The traditional Tex-Mex style of norteño was fused by Little Joe (born Jose Maria DeLeon Hernandez) with influences of country music, blues, and rock to create the uptempo hybrid known as tejano. Together with his band, Y la Familia Borrachera, Little Joe has enabled his music to reach far beyond the Texas and Mexico borders. In 1992, their album Diez y Seis de Septiembre received a Grammy Award as Best Mexican American Performance.

The seventh of 13 children, Little Joe began playing music in 1953 with his cousin David Coronado's band, David Coronado & the Latinaires. Two years later, he performed his first paid gig with the band at a high-school sock hop in Cameron, Texas. In 1958, Little Joe made his recording debut with the song "Safari," released by Torrero Records in Corpus Christi, Texas. The following year, Little Joe's brother Jesse joined the band on bass and vocals. When Coronado left shortly afterwards, Little Joe assumed leadership of the group. Throughout the early '60s, Little Joe led the band through a series of recordings on small independent labels. He underwent a personal transformation after Jesse died in an automobile accident in 1964. Determined to achieve commercial success, he altered his musical approach to include more rock and blues influences.

In 1968, Little Joe formed two labels of his own: Buena Suerte for recordings in Spanish, and Good Luck for recordings in English. He later added a third label, Leona Records. His musical approach shifted again in 1970. After performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he became enchanted by "Latinismo" and changed the name of his band again. In 1985, Little Joe y la Familia signed their first major-label recording deal with WEA International. Two years later, Little Joe formed his fourth label -- Redneck -- and released the double live album 25th Silver Anniversary. After releasing two albums for WEA, Little Joe switched to Sony International, where he remained until 1983, when he launched his fifth label, Tejano Discos. His first release on the label, "Que Paso," earned him his third Grammy nomination. In 1996, Little Joe performed on the Frankie Yankovic album Songs of the Polka King, Vol.1, singing a duet with Yankovic of "Just Because/Si Porque." Little Joe has appeared in two films: Proposition 187, a Deadly Law and Down for the Barrio. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Hey LIL JOE This is Martin Aragon DE Homestead Florida.U r awesome keep it up
Arriba la Raza,,, keep it Tejano and Proud. True Tejano

Canciones de mis tíos y los tiempos de mi mama. Texano, filipino mi familia son.
maryvelsanto s
DE LOS SANTOS
Thanks little Joe for keeping my fathers memory alive with your music. Every time, I hear tex-mex it brings a smile to my face. I'm pretty sure he is smiling from heaven. He was a prideful TEXAN.... :) We love TEXAS!
And rock on....TEXAS!
santosj526
thanks, emma Ortiz
Num one little Joe always God bless u always
7/3/14 see you at the Raza On The Plaza Lubbock,Tx Baby
Listening to Little Joe's music makes this 64 year old smile as I fondly remember those long ago days with friends, family, and bailes in Marfa, Texas. The body may grow old but the heart stays forever young....tha n k s Joe for the memories...
martimm49
Lupe.caballe r o 5 I been listening to all your songs I was only 15. And I enjoy every song u sing! Many blessing to u and the band dudes
Dude i been listening to all yours songs i was only five and i love them all God bless you always your num one
slchato_79
Their is nothing little about Littley Joe and his music Wow !
I started playing when I married my husband in 1974 I fell in love with his music , my favorite is Ella
He just played on Saturday in Pharr Texas awesome time
If your DJ does not play Los Nubes at your wedding or quince, you got ripped off.Paz
If your DJ does not play Los Nubes at your wedding or quine, you got ripped off.Paz
I Miss my wife and my Kids
About a year ago I was in McAllen when my dad was sick. I found a CD of LIttle Joe. I can't get enough of his music. Thank you Pandora
I'm from Cali however my parents introduced me to little joe and I will always remember the New Years parties. To this day I play little joe at all my parties
Marina Salgado California. Listing to little joe as I send this message
What Rocky is he talking about?
Rocky Gil ?
bailamos madre.,.bail a m o s MADRE!!!!!!j a j a j a
Littley Joe Y LA Familia played for my sister and brother in laws wedding at the Casino Ball Room, Tucson AZ June 2006. Best Wedding Ever!!!!!
gonzalezpaul a 2 4 4
best music.....Da m n . . .

Those were the good days.....
When it comes to music Little Joe and Selena stand only I don't think anyone will ever top them
Damn It! It's 6 in the morning and this makes my day!
LAs Nubes the only song I ever got to dance with my dad to back in 1989 Little Joe in concert here in Yuma Arizona Civic center....fo n d memories...m y dad isAlways my hero my old man
How can you not LOVE this music??? I grew up listening to tejano music in Corpus with my mom and dad bailendo en la cocina when a good song would come on...How do you explain to your kids the wonderful time that we were fortunate to live in??? Puro Tejas primos!!!
My uncles & aunts loved listen too Little Joe Y La Familia back in the late 60 & 70.
Pan American Ballroom El Campo Tx
My sister Matilda was a big fan she introduce me to rehabilitate music and now I love it.
PURO TEJANO RAZA,,,,PURA VIDA Esoooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
esa si es musica buena I miss san antonio
Our Hernandez family have and will always be your number #1 fans.
love tejano music NEW MEXICO
fablo79
Orale Temple, tejas
jlong555
Little Joe rocks!! Best Tejano music ever!!
como dice Little Joe no llore chingon no lore Dejese cat cantame Que Paso Yo nose k paso
My wife and I saw him at the Paso Robles fair. My wife LOVES him!!!!
I first started playing your music in 1973 . We leared your songs from radio station Kama in El Paso Tx.Would you belive I,m still playing your songs at nursing homes,at age 77. thanks Little Joe . ( Frank Yrigoyen)
Glad to have you around alot in S.A. hope to see soon in Houston Festival on Oct .Love your music brings back lots of memories.
First saw Little Joe in PAN AMERICAN NITE CLUB in HOUSTON TX.
Oh yes Little Joe the best in the world.NoNo cause if thier foot prints on the Moon. Little Joe is the best in the univers of God creation
that the man who know how to sing it
Little Joe is such a great artist and puts on one hell of a show..So happy to have produced a concert with him as a headliner in Sugar Land, TX..Everyone enjoyed themselves and a great success.
eudulia
Love little Joe music, you are the best!!! The last time I saw you and Ruben Ramos was at Topeka, KS.
seizethesun1 5
I grew up in Cameron, Tx. Graduated in 65. Know all about Joe & and family, My dad played in a conjunto from Cameron, when Joe played at the Cameron Plataforma When Joe started his career. New most all his musicians from the surrounding small towns & Temple, Tx. To include his bro-in-law Mike. Heck of a group & music. From Wilmas Ca. Play on Joe.
Little Joe rocks!! I've been lucky enough to have seen him perform in L.A. One of the truly great ones, junto con Ruben Ramos, Emilio, Sunny...
HIS MUSIC MAKES THIS 50 YEAR OLD FEEL 18 VIVA LA RAZA!!!!!!
THIS MUSIC TAKES ME BACK TO MY TEEN YEARS...GREA T MEMORIES..TH A N K YOU
vibtender07
my cure for missing home and friends far away. live up north now no get togethers like back home. His music brings home here!!
the music is the heart and soul of all of us who work in the fields and would get out of the field to go get ready to go danceing if little joe johnny yla family was playing.que viva la musica tejana GODS MUSIC IN HAVEN.VIVA LITTLE JOE AND HIS MUSIC
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