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Tony de la Rosa

Norteño music veteran Tony de la Rosa was among the initial bandleaders to include drums and amplification towards the tradition-bound conjunto design. De la Rosa was created in 1931 in Sarita, Tx, and started playing a double-row squeezebox accordion at age 11. He founded a conjunto music group in the middle-’50s, but afterwards added electrical bass, 12-string acoustic guitar, and drums. This development sparked a fresh form, known as tacuachito. Following a very long semi-retirement, he re-emerged along with his no-frills Tex-Mex audio undamaged, applying his accordion towards the ever-popular polkas and rancheras from the Tx boundary. In June of 2004, de la Rosa passed away of problems from heart medical procedures. He was 72 yrs . old.

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