Conjunto singer Linda Escobar will celebrate 50 years in the music industry Saturday at a...
Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, recognized Linda Escobar
earlier this month for her
contributions to Conjunto music.
CORPUS CHRISTI - The sounds of Eligio Escobar's voice and strums of his guitar filled the childhood home of Linda Escobar
, his daughter.
"My father was my idol; I wanted to be just like him," Linda Escobar
, 57, said.
told me I had to go into this business with both feet, and I needed to be sure."
She'll celebrate 50 years as a Conjunto and Tejano singer on Saturday at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds
At 7 years old, Escobar
first performance at one of her
hesitated to let her
on stage because he
had never heard her
"I begged him to let me go up there, but he
didn't know if I could keep up with the beat and stay on key," Escobar
"I told him I knew I could do it, and when I sang, people came up to the front of the stage to hear me.
I felt like I was a hit from that moment on."
single "Frijolitos Pintos" was released the next year and sold 1 million copies.
At 8 years old, Escobar
had a Gold record.
Since then, she's
had such hits as "El Corrido De Kenji" and "Mi Cantina."
favorite genre to sing is Conjunto which separates itself from Tejano music by using accordion and guitar, she
"In Conjunto, there's more heart and more feeling; I've lived the ins and outs of it," Escobar
"When I sing, it's from the heart and it's more powerful for me."
Since the launch of her
has gained recognition from the Texas Music Office and was inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame
in 2003, and the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame