This Week In Texas Music History, we’ll celebrate one of the pioneers of chicano blues.
Randy Garibay was born in San Antonio on December 3, 1939. His parents were Mexican immigrants and his family traveled throughout the southwest as migrant farm workers. During high school, Garibay played in such local bands as The Velvets and The Pharaohs, and he recorded with another young San Antonio native named Doug Sahm. Although Garibay went on to perform with such mainstream celebrities as Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland, he became best known for mixing traditional Mexican folk music with blues and R&B.
Randy Garibay’s signature song, “Barbacoa Blues”, reflected the rich blending of ethnic cultures he had grown up with in San Antionio, and helped win him awards from both blues and tejano music organizations for his pioneering work in combining blues, R&B and traditional Mexican music.
Next week on This Week In Texas Music History, we’ll meet the first tejano country superstar.