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Los Lobos founding member Francisco Gonzalez dies at 68: NPR

Los Lobos founding member Francisco Gonzalez playing the Mexican harp

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Los Lobos founding member Francisco Gonzalez playing the Mexican harp

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Francisco Gonzalez, a founding member of Los Lobos, has died. He was 68 years old.

In the early 1970s, González joined with fellow musicians Louis Pérez, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas and Conrad Lozano to form one of East LA’s most eclectic bands.

Los Lobos pays tribute to Gonzalez instagram Page.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our brother and founding member, Francisco González. He started the group with Cesar in 1973 with the aim of ‘playing Mexican music for our mothers,’ as he always said. Francisco was a Prolific composer, and after leaving the group to follow a different musical path in 1976, he majored in the Veracruz harp, then became musical director of the El Teatro Campesino theater group – always shining for lifetime achievements. “

Gonzalez had cancer, according to media outlets, with his son being cited as the source.

los lobos Self-described on their website as “rock-and-roll and R&B, surf music and soul, mariachi and musica nortena, punk rock and country” created a sound that blended all the genres they liked. . ,Chicano hippies playing mariachi musicThat’s what NPR’s Felix Contreras thought when he first of all Saw Los Lobos in the mid-1970s.

With his bandito-esque mustache, Gonzalez sang and played the mandolin. After leaving Los Lobos, he mastered the Mexican harp, an instrument he loved to listen to when he was a little boy. when his album Gift was released in 2009, Gonzalez revealed jazz video guy He never dreamed he’d actually play the harp: “I wanted to fly like Superman too. I knew I couldn’t do that. It was so far from my reality. But I loved that stuff.” I really liked it.”

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The youngest of seven children, Gonzalez was raised in a musical family. “My father was a professional singer, a trained vocalist,” Gonzalez told Chris Morris for his book Los Lobos: Dream in Blue, “I have posters of him doing something Zarquella [Spanish opera] In LA city theaters during the ’40s.”

González became musical director of Teatro Campesino, taught Chicano Theatre, and helped establish Guadalupe Custom Strings To sell high quality strings for Latin folk instruments. The shop itself. posted on instagram“Rest in Peace, Maestro Francisco. East la love you.”

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– Article Written By @ from https://www.npr.org/2022/04/05/1091007144/los-lobos-francisco-gonzalez-obituary

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