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Beto Villa (Falfurrias, Texas, October 26, 1915 - November 1, 1986, Corpus Christi, TX) was an American alto saxophonist and "father of the orquesta Tejana". During his career he created a new musical style for Mexican Americans, the "orquesta Tejana", which helped them express both their ranchero (country) and jaitón (cosmopolitan) identities, with a unique blend of American swing-era jazz instrumentation and traditional, cantina-oriented Mexican ranchera music that, over the years, had been cleverly updated and popularized by various conjunto… read more

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