San Antonio's First Lady of Song was 88.
Rosita Fernandez, the Mexican-born singer known as San Antonio's first lady of song, died Tuesday (May 2) from heart complications in San Antonio. She was 88.
Like her contemporaries Lydia Mendoza and Chelo Silva, Fernandez was part of the first generation of female Tejano stars and was featured on the historical CD "Tejano Roots: The Women (1946-1970)," on Arhoolie Records.
Fernandez was also a TV and film actress, appearing with John Wayne in "The Alamo." She was known simply as "Rosita" and was given the title of San Antonio's First Lady of Song in 1968 by Lady Bird Johnson at a special performance for 40 ambassadors at the Arneson River Theater.