Martinez, Roberto, Sr.
- Brenda M. Romero
(b Chacón, NM, May 22, 1929; d Albuquerque, NM, Jan 4, 2013). American musician and songwriter. In the 1950s Martinez lived in Denver, where he performed as guitarist and vocalist in a duet, Los Trovadores, making his debut playing New Mexican traditional and Mexican mariachi music at the Chapultepec Lounge (today a well-known jazz spot). In 1960, they moved to Albuquerque, where he founded Los Reyes de Albuquerque with Ray Flores. His song “El corrido de Daniel Fernandez” (1965), a tale about a New Mexico native who saved his battalion in Vietnam, brought Roberto local fame. His subsequent corridos, traditional Mexican ballads, continued to focus on important local events. His son Lorenzo, a distinguished musician in his own right, continues to play violin as part of Los Reyes de Albuquerque and has also recorded solo CDs. Another son, Robert Jr., plays guitar; his late daughter Debra became known locally as La Chicanita, with many recordings to her credit. In addition to their performances in local, regional, and national festivals, and their appearance in Robert Redford’s film ...