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Lydia Mendoza
Birth: May 21, 1916
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 2007
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Musician. Known as La Alondra de la Frontera (The Lark of the Border), she is considered the queen of Tejano music. She began her career singing and playing guitar in the plazas of downtown San Antonio in the 1930s. In 1934, she released "Mal Hombre" on the Bluebird label, that became a hit on both sides of the border and was her signature song. Other hits included "Rancho Grande", "La Valentina" and "Angel de Mis Anhelos". Mendoza recorded over 200 songs on more than 50 albums, including boleros, rancheras, cumbias and tangos for such labels as RCA, Columbia, Azteca, Peerless, El Zarape and Discos Falcon. In 1977, she sang at President Jimmy Carter's inauguration and she was the first Mexican-American to receive the National Heritage Award in 1982. At a White House ceremony in 1999, President Bill Clinton presented her with the National Medal of Arts Award. She is also a member of the Tejano Music Awards, Tejano Conjunto Festival and Texas Women Halls of Fame. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
San Fernando Cemetery #2
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Dec 23, 2007
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Lydia Mendoza
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- Bling Blinky of TEXAS
 Added: Dec. 28, 2013
La queremos muchisimo! Que en paz descanse
- Lee Ledbetter
 Added: Oct. 8, 2013
God bless you today and always. Rest in Peace.
- Thelma
 Added: May. 21, 2013
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