|Tags:||ranchera cornelio reyna latin spanish mexican mexico puro ranchero rupestres norteño male vocalists 90s 60s singer-songwriters 70s 80s|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
16 September 1940, Saltillo, Mexico, d. 22 January 1997, Mexico City, Mexico. Viewed by many as the godfather of norteno/conjunto music (Tex-Mex, in the American idiom), Reyna wrote some of the genres greatest hits, such as Mil Noches, Callejón Sin Slida, Me Cai De La Nube and Hay Ojitos. He began his musical career at the age of 16, singing, writing and playing the bajo sexto (12-string guitar). In 1960 he formed Los Relampagos Del Norte, alongside another legend of conjunto music, Ramon Ayala. The duo performed together musically thousands of times and became the premier conjunto attraction along the US/Mexican border. They recorded over 20 albums for the Bego and Falcon labels, their biggest hits including Un Dia Con Otro, Sufriendo Penas and Té Traigo Estas Flores. The duo eventually ended their relationship in 1973, with each partner going on to enjoy...