On the album, many of the arrangements were augmented with strings from the Dallas symphony—a novelty for Tex-Mex music—and with the interlacing of jazz riffs. Welcome to Texas, birthplace and home of Tejano music. Later, pejoratively referred to as "cantina music", conjunto was a working-class phenomenon, while orquesta — which was heavily influenced by big band and jazz — became the music of the burgeoning Mexican-American middle class in the s and 60s.
Villa popularized a folksy, "country"-style polka; this polka, in particular, came to be known as "Tex-Mex," especially when compared with the more sophisticated urban sounds of danzones, guarachas, fox-trots, and swings. However it was not until the Mexican Revolution — that forced many of these Europeans to flee Mexico and into South Texas, that their musical influence was to have a major impact on Tejanos.
Don't miss a thing:. I have been an avid collector of historic 78 rpm recordings from South Texas and have made many of these available again on LPs and cassettes on the Folklyric label.
Customs making it very difficult and even illegal to import records left most jukeboxes high and dry for want of local favorites. Paco Betancourt grew up during the boom days of the s and as an enterprising young man started several businesses. As orchestras became more professional and ballroom dance circuits extended throughout the Southwest, the Texas recording artists became the greatest in demand and spread their new music throughout the Southwest and northern Mexico.
Texas continues to be the center for Tejano music, from whence dance bands and recording artists tour to as far north as Chicago and New York City and as far south as Mexico City. Without a doubt, the most important change came in the s, when Narciso Martinez began his recording career.