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Artist Biography: Lalo Guerrero, Father of Chicano Music, Pt. 2

Frontera Newsletter   |   Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lalo Guerrero with sons Dan, left, and Mark

In 1939, as the Depression was winding down and a new world war was heating up, Lalo Guerrero was still a struggling musician seeking to make his mark. He was newly married and dirt poor, with a son on the way and work hard to come by, keeping the young family on the move from gig to gig.

In his autobiography, Lalo: My Life and Music, Guerrero called this period “our gypsy years.”  Yet, the swing-music decade of the 1940s would also bring stardom and some stability to the young performer.

Read more in this week's post.