Saldívar, Mingo [Domingo ]
- Cathy Ragland
(b Marion, TX, May 29, 1936). American accordionist, singer, and songwriter. Texas-Mexican musician Domingo “Mingo” Saldívar is from a musical family and learned traditional ballads and folk songs from his mother. By age 11 he played guitar and accordion. In the 1950s and 60s he played in Los Guadalupanos and Los Caminantes during which time he wrote his first hit song, “Andan diciendo” (“People are talking”). He spent some years in the military and in Alaska where he worked for relatives who owned a restaurant, often playing and singing for customers. In 1975 he formed Los Tremendos Cuatro Espadas (“the four tremendous swordsmen”) and settled in San Antonio, Texas. Saldívar, a fan of the blues and country music, is known for his bilingual interpretation of the Johnny Cash classic “Ring of Fire” (“Rueda de fuego”), which appeared on his popular 1992 Rounder Records recording I love my freedom, I love my Texas...