the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center,
the Arhoolie Foundation,
and the UCLA Digital Library
It was a pleasure speaking with you and helping with your request. I hope our readers and listeners can help you find the contacts you seek with the families of Los Mañaneros de Nuevo Leon.
Meanwhile, I will continue doing my own research for a possible profile of the group for the Frontera Collection, which has quite a number of their recordings.
Agustín Gurza, Editor, The Frontera Collection
Members of Los Mañaneros de Nuevo Leon were friends with my parents, David and Lola Garza, as well as my Uncle Shorty Valenzuela and his late wife. They were very close with the band’s lead singer, the late Emilio Martinez Alaniz, and his brother, Pepe. Emilio was born in Nuevo Leon in 1937 and passed away in Corpus Christi in 1985, at the very young age of 48. I’m hoping to help my parents re-connect with family members of their old friends.
Los Mañaneros were very talented musicians and great guys who would come over for barbecues. I believe that Emilio’s son, Mando, is the only living survivor of the group, as he was a young man in their day, probably in his early 60s now. The family had ties in Houston which is where I thought Mando might be living today.
It would be wonderful if my parents could reunite with Mando, or any other surviving relatives. My parents are in their 80s and live in Woodsboro, north of Corpus Christi. If anybody knows how to reach Mando or anybody else with information about the band, please contact me at 361-319-3849.