Cinco De Mayo Special – My Top 5 Mexican American Rock Stars


They’ve been a part of the American Rock n’ Roll heritage for almost the entire history of Rock’n Roll.  They’ve added a bit of spice to our heritage and a bit of salsa to our music.  So in honor of the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday I thought would list my Top 5 Mexican American Rock Stars.  Why only 5, because it’s CINCO de Mayo stupido!

Numero Uno – Carlos Santana. You were expecting maybe someone else?  carlos-santanaCarlos has graced our stages and airwaves for over 40 years now.  Starting out as a teenage kid playing guitar in the Mission District of San Francisco, Carlos was influenced by a menagerie of musical tastes ranging from Salsa, Jazz and Rock.  Over the past 40 years his music has evolved with the times and he has remained as relevant as ever.  In my opinion though his signature moment was at Woodstock, where he was still a bit of an unknown on the national stage.  Woodstock would change all that.  I’ve added a link to a clip from Woodstock where Santana really rips it up :

Numero Dos – Ritchie Valens.  He of “La Bamba” fame.  Unfortunately Ritchies career was cut drastically short in a plane crash in 1959 en route to another gig with fellow rockers Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.  But Ritchie left a lasting legacy with the aforementioned “La Bamba” and his influence on other hispanic recording artists.  I’ve included a link to his other big hit “Donna” for your listening pleasure:

Numerolinda-ronstadt Tres – Linda Ronstadt.  Yes, Linda Ronstadt.  Although througout most of her career she was a rocker Ronstadt expressed her hispanic background later in life with her album “Canciones de mi Padre”.  She was a double threat in that she was a pioneer for female rockers and Mexican American pop artists as well

I chose one of her more rocking tunes to exemplify her career:

Numero Quatro – Los Lobos.  They had their biggest hit with a cover of Ritchie Valens “La Bamba” but Los Lobos are much, much, more than that.  Over their thirty plus year careers they’ve done an excellent job of blending Tejano music with pure rock and blues.  One of my favorite tunes by Los Lobos is “Will the Wolf Survive”

cypress-hillNumero Cinco – Cypress Hill.  You probably think I’m Insane in the Membrane for putting this group on the list.  But if you’ve been following this blog for very long you know we have a sense of humor here at Arizona Premiere Music.  I mean, come on Esse, don’t you know I’m loco? Plus, Cypress Hill is the premiere hispanic hip hop group selling 18 million records worldwide.  Here’s an example, just a little sample of the Hill’s lyrical prowesss:

Now go out and celebrate the Mexicans victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. (Cinco de Mayo IS NOT Mexican Independence Day.)  And swallow the worm in our honor.

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2 Responses

  1. How about number six with Los Lonely Boys? They’re one of my faves…

  2. Los Lonley Boys would make a good Numero Seis. Thanks for the feedback.

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