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Al Hurricane

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Al Hurricane was born on July 10, 1936 in Dixon, New Mexico. His birth name is Alberto Nelson Sanchez. Hurricane was a nickname given to him by his mother because he was like a little Hurricane, always knocking things over at the dinner table and objects in his path. His father’s name is Jose Margarito Sanchez who died in 1979, and his mother’s name is Bennie L. Sanchez and is currently living in Albuquerque, NM.

Hurricane grew up in different parts of New Mexico and Arizona. He’s lived in Ojo Sarco, NM, where his father was from, Bayard, NM, Jerome, AZ, and finally moved and settled to Albuquerque in 1947.

Hurricane started singing at an early age, approximately 3 years old, and started playing the guitar at 5 years old. His Mom showed him how to play a song on one string of the guitar. When his Dad came home, Hurricane showed him what he had learned and his Dad said, “very good mi hito, now let me show you how to play the song on two strings.” At the age of 12, he was singing and playing guitar at the wishing well in Old Town, next to La Placita, for tips. He also had a job at La Placita as a bus boy and then waiter. He quit his job at La Placita and worked as a waiter at the Sky Line Club. Quite ironically, the Sky Line Club later became know as the Far West Night Club, where Hurricane performed for many years.

Hurricane attended numerous schools while growing up and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1954.
Hurricane has had many nicknames and names for his band over the years.

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