The late Ramon Medina was known as one of the best bajo sexto players in Texas, said Rey Avila, president of the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
played and recorded with accordion pioneer Tony de la Rosa, Ruben Naranjo and Gilberto Perez.
own band, Ramon Medina y Los Alegres, in 1985.
As a songwriter, his
biggest hit was "Bellos Recuerdos."
took to the airwaves in 1983 and ran for more than 20 years, Avila
introduced Selena when she
was 13 years old and introduced many other future stars on his
"Over the past 12 years, we have inducted 58 people who have contributed to the history of conjunto regional music," Avila
Making last-minute arrangements for the program, Avila
explained that the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame
and Museum has an important mission to preserve the history of conjunto music and assure its future.
is the original Tejano music," he
"In the 1980s, they came out with the word 'Tejano' and that includes Selena, Little Joe and those," he
said of modern Tejano stars, who perform a more amplified, faster and rock-and-roll-style approach to South Texas regional music.
has its roots in the days of outdoor dance venues with simple instruments and basic beats, he
"The accordion, the bass player, the bajo sexto (a 12-string Mexican guitar) and drums make it up," he
said of a typical conjunto band.
Early stars included Narciso Martinez, Pedro Ayala and Juan Lopez in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Avila