Guerrero, [Eduardo] Lalo
- Estevan César Azcona
(b Tucson, AZ, Dec 24, 1916; d Rancho Mirage, CA, March 17, 2005). American singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Born in the Barrio Viejo of Tucson, Guerrero formed his first group, Los Carlistas, as a teenager. At 17, he wrote “Canción mexicana,” which became a standard of the Mexican ranchera repertoire, and briefly attempted a singing career in Mexico. He later wrote “Nunca jamás,” a bolero made famous by Mexican singer, Javier Solís. During World War II, Guerrero worked as an entertainer in southern California, eventually leading and recording with his own big band, Lalo Guerrero y Sus Cinco Lobos. By the late 1940s he became one of the leaders of a new style, “pachuco boogie,” which mixed the big-band sound with Caribbean dance rhythms (e.g., mambo, guaracha, danzón) and the Chicano street slang known as Caló. Four of his compositions were featured in the 1979 period play ...