FC: Lydia Mendoza 1916-2007
1: Dubbed "La Alondra de la Frontera". She was an early legend of Tejano Music.
2: Lydia Mendoza was born in Houston, Texas. She was first introduced to music through her mother's singing and guitar playing. Lydia "made her first guitar out of a wooden plank, nails, and a rubber band".
3: Lydia was famous for being the first Mexican-American woman to become a popular Tejano musical artist.
4: Lydia Mendoza's most famous songs are "Mal Hombre" (Bad Man) and "Pero hay que triste" (But, Oh, How Sad).
5: Lydia Mendoaza's career lasted well over 60 years in which she "recorded 50 LPs and 200 songs'. Among her many honors, she won the National Heritage Award and the National Medal of Arts. | She created her own style of folk music with in the Tejano genre of music using a twelve string guitar and her soulful voice.