Multimedia Collection

Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano

DVD & CD
117 min
2006
ML420 .G88 A3 2006 CD

Lalo Guerrero was born in Tucson, Arizona on a cold Christmas Eve in 1916. An early love for music would take him far, learning to play the guitar when he was just nine years old. His mother was his first and only music teacher.

Guerrero became internationally recognized as the “Father of Chicano Music” in a career that spanned generations. He was a great entertainer and he took his guitar and music everywhere - the White House, a neighbor's house, a concert hall or a classroom. It was all the same to him. Lalo wanted to make people happy and his hermanos/brothers proud of their Mexican heritage.

His corridos told stories of the struggles and triumphs of Mexican-American heroes from Cesar Chavez to Ruben Salazar. His boleros/ballads brought tears and his comic songs, laughter. He often said, “I only wrote about what I saw.” Doing just that, he became the musical historian of his beloved Chicano culture.

Guerrero continued to entertain to standing ovations only months before his guitar was silenced on March 17, 2005 at the age of eighty-eight.

All music on the CD (The Collection) is performed by Lalo Guerrero except for “The Ballad of Lalo Guerrero” performed by Mark Guerrero. The Collection (CD):

Distributed by Original Chicano Productions.

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