Sunday, September 20, 2015


“Two Latin-inflected records that wouldn’t convey half the anguish they do were it not for the spit and polish they got in the studio. Both should be required listening for anyone who thinks that raw emotion can’t be served by slick arrangements and production.” 
—Bill Friskics-Warren in Heartaches by the Number

255.  Crying • Roy Orbison • 1961

256.  Before the Next Teardrop Falls • Freddy Fender • 1974

Get ’em: CryingThe Best of Freddy Fender

Roy Orbison image: Showbiz 411; Freddy Fender image: Minnesota’s New Country

Sunday, September 13, 2015


“Tears in your beer music, cantina style, replete with doleful waltz-time rhythms and an accordion weeping in the background. . . . In some respects [Conjunto Bernal’s] ‘Mi Unico Camino’ anticipates the tortured romanticism of fellow Texans Roy Orbison and Johnny Bush, singers who, like many others, were inspired by the Tejano music of the Bernal brothers and their peers. . . .” 
—Bill Friskics-Warren, Heartaches by the Number  

254.  Mi Unico Camino • Conjunto Bernal • 1959

Ruben Perez, first voice; Paulino Bernal, accordion/third voice; Eloy Bernal, bajo sexto/second voice. January 1959 

Get it: Tejano Roots.

Label pic: The Strachwitz Frontera Collection/UCLA