Isidro Lopez Dead At 75

Singer/saxophonist Isidro Lopez, considered the founding father of modern Tejano music, died Aug. 16 in a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications of a massive stroke suffered earlier this

Singer/saxophonist Isidro Lopez, considered the founding father of modern Tejano music, died Aug. 16 in a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications of a massive stroke suffered earlier this year. He was 75.

Like Bill Monroe with bluegrass or Elvis Presley with rock'n'roll, Lopez presided over the birth of Tejano, a roots-based hybrid of traditional Mexican cumbias and polkas updated with blues, country and pop strains. He is credited with laying down the template for Tejano music in the mid-'50s, when he added accordions, which had been associated with working-class conjuntos, to his big-band group. The best known Tejano stars include Little Joe, Selena and Emilio Navaria.

Funeral services for Lopez are pending.
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