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date: 25 January 2020

Los Alegres de Teránlocked

  • Cathy Ragland

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Mexican norteña duo. Los Alegres de Terán is noted for representing the very best of the música norteña tradition. Led by accordionist Eugenio Ábrego and bajo sexto player Tomás Ortiz—often called the “fathers of norteña music”—almost singlehandedly introduced this regional genre to a national Mexican audience. Though they recorded many traditional and original corridos and ranchera, they wrote some of the most endearing and expressive romantic songs. Originally from the town of General Terán, Nuevo León, México, the group relocated often, following migrant workers to towns on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. Ábrego and Ortiz enjoyed a lifelong musical relationship and they continued to perform together, accompanied by several musicians, until 1987 when Ábrego became terminally ill. The group’s first 1948 recording, “Corrido de Pepito” (Ballad of Pepito), was on McAllen, Texas-based Falcón Records. The duo’s complex and close harmonic vocals brought to mind popular romantic trios like Los Panchos setting them apart from a somewhat harsh, nasalized regional ...

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