1960 – 1982 (22 years)
Nuevo León, Mexico
Los Cadetes de Linares are a conjunto – also known as a norteño group—and their accordion and bajo sexto waltzes are well known in both Mexico and the Southwest. They are known also because of their appearances in classic Mexican films.
The founding members are from Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
This group was founded in 1960 in the city of El Poblado, Linares (Nuevo León), Nuevo León, Mexico, by Homero Guerrero. The idea of becoming a musical group of Cadetes was because his dream as a little boy was to be at the college military but because of the economic problems he was having with the family he decided to become Cadetes of the music industry. he first began with a guitar singing in family parties, festivals, schools and the local Plaza Kiosco of Linares, Nuevo Leon.
In 1961 they Baptized the Accordion and Bajo Sexto to the musical group thus bringing the first accordionist by the name of Adan Moreno. They once again began playing all around the City of Linares. Because Homero and Adan were from linares, the people from there Officially Baptized them as Los Cadetes de Linares.
In 1967 Adan Moreno Left the Musical Group due to Problems within the group. In 1968 Samuel zapata entered as the Second Accordionist for Los Cadetes de Linares. Homero and Samuel recorded their first Recording for Discos del Valle. A Record Company of Houston,Texas,USA. They Had their first singles as "Sacame, Sacame, El Ranchero, El Rogon, Estoy Pagando, Quiero Que Sepas" and others. Due to family issues Samuel Zapata was forced to leave the group in 1968.
By Late'68 Candelario Villareal Entered as the Third Accordionist for Cadetes de Linares. Homero and Candelario made local performances throughout Monterrey, Linares,Southern Part of Texas,USA.
Before Lupe Tijerina joined the group, Homero Guerrero and Samuel Zapata had made a recording in the company of Discos del Valle. That was the start of Cadetes de Linares; however, they still remained a local group.
When Homero Guerrero first heard Lupe Tijerina, he immediately integrated him into the group. They both discussed on new recordings. Homero Guerrero accepted and made a recording in 1974 with a corrido composed by Lupe Tijerina by the name of "Los Dos Amigos". This was the beginning of a whole new chapter for Los Cadetes de Linares. They began touring most of Mexico and the United States, such states as, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Chicago, California and New Mexico becoming a huge success. Lupe Tijerina gave Cadetes de Linares the style it needed to hit rankings on top of the charts.
With a one of a kind style to play their songs and with their greatest hits being played on the radio. They were on top of the world. With even new hits on the way like: Dos Coronas a mi Madre, Las Tres Tumbas, Pueblito, Regalo de Reyes, Polvo Maldito etc…Homero Guerrero and lupe Tijerina were of no doubt an instant classic.
Their great success and triumph would soon come to an end. On February 19, 1982 Homero Guerrero was Killed in a Auto Accident on the road from Linares to Monterrey. This struck the music world and his family. He had three brothers, Benjamin, Alfredo and Juan who were not musically involved at the time of his death. He also had seven sisters, Gloria Esperanza, Maria Esther, Maria Guadalupe, Ruth Elizabeth, Blanca Oralia, Blanca Estela and Irma Yolanda. Thousands of people attended the long funeral. The Music Industry was in shock to believe that one of the all time best musician's who was a very well player in Bajo Sexto who had such an amazing voice is now gone, leaving Lupe Tijerina as the only survivor left of Cadetes de Linares. Friends and Family Gathered to say their last good bye to Homero Guerrero. Another artist that is related to Homero Guerrero is Los Estrellas de Oro, Eliberto Contreras and Bernardo Contreras, both sons of Blanca Oralia.
After Homero Guerrero's death, Rosendo Cantú took his place in the group. Lupe Tijerina had success with Cadetes de Linares in that same year due to his bolero called "Adiós Amigo Del Alma". Tijerina had thoughts of never playing again in honor of his longlife partner. The people simply refused to let go of Cadetes de Linares. This motivated Lupe to pick up his famous accordion once again.
Lupe Tijerina and Homero Jr is the only original member alive.
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