Tony De La Rosa

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Birthday
31, 1931
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Jun 2, 2004 (72)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
31, 1931
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Jun 2, 2004 (72)

About

Accordionist and innovator in conjunto music who updated the sound of Tex-Mex. He was known by his nickname El Conde or The Count.

Before Fame

He began taking accordion lessons when he was nine, purchasing one from the Sears catalogue for $9.

Trivia

He added electric instruments and amplifiers to border music, which was previously only acoustic music.

Family Life

He was born on a Texas ranch as one of 12 children. He remembered his mother playing the harmonica on the front porch.

Associated With

He and B.B. King were both honored by the National Endowment for the Arts.