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Encyclopedia > Flaco Jimenez

Flaco Jimenez is a Tejano musician from San Antonio, New Mexico. Jimenez's father, Santiago Jimenez Sr. was a pioneer of conjunto music. By the time he was seven years old, Flaco was performing with his father. He began recorded at fifteen, as a member of Los Caporales. He played in the San Antonio area for several years, and then began working with Douglas Sahm in the 1960s. Sahm, better known as a member of the Sir Douglas Quintet, played with Jimenez fore some time. Flaco then went on to New York City and worked with Dr. John, David Lindsey, Peter Rowan, Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan. He appeared on Cooder's innovative world music album Chicken Skin Music.

Jimenez won a Grammy Award in 1986 for "Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio", a song of his father's. He was also a member of the supergroup The Texas Tornadoes, with Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender. The Texas Tornadoes earned a Grammy Award in 1990, and Jimenez earned one on his own in 1996, when his Flaco Jimenez won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance. In 1999, Flaco earned another Grammy Award for Best Tejano Performance (Said and Done, Barb Wire Records), and one for Best Mexican-American Performance as a part of Los Super Seven. Los Super Seven was another supergroup, featuring Jimenez and Fender with David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas (of Los Lobos), Joe Ely, Ruben Ramos and Rick Treviņo. Jimenez has also one a Best Video award at the Tejano Music Awards and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Latin Magazine for "Streets of Bakersfield" with Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens.

Jimenez has appeared in the film Picking up the Pieces, with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone. He also appears on the soundtrack to that movie, and in many others, such as Borders, Tin Cup and Striptease.

Jimenez's latest CD is Squeeze Box King (2003, Compadre Records).

  Results from FactBites:
Handbook of Texas Online: JIMENEZ, SANTIAGO, SR. (353 words)
Santiago Jimenez, Sr., conjunto accordionist and songwriter, was born in June 1913 in San Antonio.
His father, Patricio Jimenez, was an accordionist and dance musician from Eagle Pass, Texas, and he encouraged his son to pursue his musical interests.
Jimenez was known for his use of the two-row button accordion even after new developments were made in accordion technology.
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