Al Hurricane

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Alberto Nelson "Al Hurricane" Sanchez (July 10, 1936) is an American musician known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music".[1] The style of music he is most known for his Spanish language New Mexico folk musics. However, he is also famous for singing rockabilly, rock and roll, country, Americana, norteño, corridos, rancheras, and folk music; which also happen to be some of the components of the New Mexico music genre.[2]

Career

Al has performed with Fats Domino, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, and Chubby Checker. His family is very inclined in both music and business, his mother Bennie Sanchez helped bring concerts from the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash to New Mexico, and his brothers Tiny Morrie and Baby Gaby are famous musicians in their own right; Al's children, nephews, and grandchildren are also New Mexico musicians, Al Hurricane Jr., Jerry Dean, Erika, Sparx, Lorenzo Antonio, and Christian Sanchez.

Discography

Among Al Hurricane's top hits are, “Sentimiento”, “Por Una Mujer Casada”, “Vestido Mojado”, “Puño De Tierra”, “Frente de Altar”, “Ay, Ay, Ay Que Borracho Vengo”, “La Coloreteada”, and “Saquenle La Vuelta Al Chicle”. He has also covered songs from his musical influences, such as, Hank Williams' “Jambalaya” and Chuck Berry's “Johnny B. Goode ”.

Albums

  • 1968 - Mi Saxophone
  • 1973 - Canciones del Alma
  • 1973 - Sigue Cantando
  • 1973 - Corridos Canta
  • 1973 - Instrumentales con Al Hurricane
  • 1974 - Vestido Mojado
  • 1980 - La Prision de Santa Fe
  • 1980 - Exitos De Al Hurricane
  • 1980 - The Return of Al Hurricane "EL" Godfather
  • 1995 - Sigue... "La Leyenda"!!!
  • 1995 - The Legend of New Mexico
  • 2000 - Siempre
  • 2003 - ¡Que Viva El Godfather!
  • 2007 - Albuquerque
  • 2010 - Hey Sugar Baby!

Collaborative albums

  • 1974 - Para Las Madrecitas
  • 1979 - Cantan Corridos
  • 1979 - Madrecita, Te Debo Tanto
  • 1986 - 15 Exitos Rancheros
  • 1994 - 15 Exitos Rancheros, Vol. 2
  • 2014 - Live at the Kimo

Tribute albums

  • 2007 - A Tribute To Al Hurricane - Live, Vol. 1
  • 2007 - A Tribute To Al Hurricane - Live, Vol. 2

Documentaries

  • 2000 - Al Hurricane: Native Legend
  • 2007 -A Tribute To Al Hurricane DVD

References

  1. Al Hurricane on the New Mexico Cultural Encyclopedia, Lexicon, and News
  2. Al Hurricane section on Americana Music Productions