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Lydia Mendoza

Lydia

Lydia Mendoza was the first Queen of Tejano Music, with a recording career that began in 1928 and lasted more than 60 years. Known as "La Alondra de la Frontera" (the Lark of the Border), Lydia was revered as a voice of the working class and a masterful interpreter of songs. She was the first Texan to receive the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1999 by then-President Bill Clinton.

Born in Houston in 1916, Lydia Mendoza learned at a young age to play the 12-string guitar, touring the country with her family band. She scored her first hit in 1934 with "Mal Hombre," a song that made her wildly popular on both sides of the border and became her signature hit. Lydia went on to record more than 200 songs on more than 50 albums, in a long and varied career that lasted into the 1980s. She passed away in December 2007.

On May 15, 2013 the US Postal Service issued a postage stamp honoring Lydia Mendoza.

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Chulas Fronteras & Del Mero Corazon - Various Artists

CAT. #: DVD104

$25.00

Two Classics Movies Together on One DVD. Documentaries on the history and roots of Tex-Mex music. Plus 30 minutes of "Lost and Found" bonus footage. Chulas Fronteras with: Lydia Mendoza, Flaco Jiménez, Narciso Martínez, Los Alegres de Teran, Rumel Fuentes, Don Santiago Jiménez, Los Pinqüinos Del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos (Canción Mixteca),and others. A complex, insightful look at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Norteño musicians of the Texas-Mexican border.


Lydia Mendoza - La Alondra De La Frontera - Live!

CAT. #: 490

$15.00

CD 490 Lydia Mendoza has been the most enduring and widely loved female singer-guitarist in the Mexican music tradition on both sides of the... More


Lydia Mendoza - La Alondra De La Frontera Con Orquesta Falcon

CAT. #: 513

$15.00

CD 513 Lydia Mendoza, the great, legendary First Star of Tejano Music, The Meadowlark of the Border, The Songstress of the Poor, started her... More


Lydia Mendoza - First Queen Of Tejano Music

CAT. #: 392

$15.00

CD 392 The roots of Tejano music evolved in the late forties and early fifties when South Texas clubs, dancehalls, and bars began featuring popular... More


Lydia Mendoza - The Best of Lydia Mendoza

CAT. #: 536

$15.00

  CD 536 Lydia Mendoza was the first Queen of Tejano Music, with a recording career that began in 1928 and lasted more than 60 years. Known as... More


Lydia Mendoza - Part II Tex-Mex Vol. 16

CAT. #: LPFL9024

$35.00

Folklyric LP 9024 This is an original, shrink wrapped, vinyl record from the LP era, not a recent re-make. This LP was discontinued years ago and we have... More


Lydia Mendoza - A Family Autobiography

CAT. #: Book-Mendoza

$25.00

Lydia Mendoza--with 12-string guitar and soulful renditions of tangos, boleros, corridos, and other popular songs--catapulted to fame (if not fortune) as... More


Lydia Mendoza - Mal Hombre

CAT. #: 7002

$15.00

CD 7002 Lydia Mendoza - vocals and 12-string guitar. Includes four selections recorded by Cuarteto Carta Blanca in 1928, the first recordings by the... More


Lydia Mendoza - La Gloria De Texas

CAT. #: LP3012

$35.00

Arhoolie LP 3012 This is an original, shrink wrapped, vinyl record from the LP era, not a recent re-make. This LP was discontinued years ago and we have... More


Lydia Mendoza - Vida Mia

CAT. #: 7008

$15.00

CD 7008 Known as the “Songstress of the Poor”, Lydia Mendoza captivated and inspired her fellow Tejanos of south Texas with her songs of... More