Tony De La Rosa

Tony De La Rosa

Antonio "Tony" De La Rosa was born in October 31, 1931, in Sarita, Texas, a worker's hamlet on the sprawling King Ranch. He was among 12 children in a family of field laborers.
When he was six, De La Rosa's mother taught him to play the harmonica. "Then," he said, "I heard the accordion on the radio. I heard the accordion come from a radio in the kitchen. I got hold of one and learned to pick out the chords."
At first, he imitated the recordings of pioneer accordionist Narciso Martínez. At age sixteen, Tony went to nearby Kingsville and played in the small taverns there. "I spent a lot of time with my accordion on one side of me and the shoeshine box on the other," he said.
In 1949, De La Rosa made his first recording, featuring two polkas, "Sarita" and "Tres Ríos," for the Arco label in Alice, Texas. The next year he joined the Ideal label. By the mid-1950s, his band, or conjunto, was the most popular in Texas. By that time, too, he had codified the instrumentation that endures to this day: button accordion, amplified bajo sexto (a type of 12-string guitar used as a rhythm instrument), electric bass, and drums.
By adding drums and replacing the upright acoustic bass, or tololoche, with the amplified instrument, De La Rosa changed the music itself. The polka tempo slowed, ushering in the new tacuachito dance style with the slow, gliding movements of the possum (tachache). The accordion and bajo sexto players were freed to develop more stylistic nuances, and De La Rosa's accordion playing was marked by a more staccato, deliberate character. His much-imitated 1956 instrumental rendition of the song "Atotonilco" hastened acceptance of these changes.
Conjunto De La Rosa, which has included two of the leader's brothers, has toured constantly all over the United States. It has recorded more than 75 albums and many single discs. Tony De La Rosa was inducted into the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame in San Antonio in 1982.


Tony De La Rosa Discography Tracks


BGLP-1102 Tony De La Rosa Rio Rebelde(LP) Bego BGLP-1102 US 1973 Sell This Version
FR-1048 Tony De La Rosa Cuarenta Anos(LP) Freddie Records FR-1048 US 1976 Sell This Version
FR-1076 Tony De La Rosa Cuando Mas Tranquila Te Alles / Palomita De Alas Blancas(LP, Album) Freddie Records FR-1076 US 1977 Sell This Version
LP-1221 Tony De La Rosa Las Polkas Consentidas de Tony(LP, Album) Freddie Records LP-1221 US 1982 Sell This Version
HAC 7356 Tony De La Rosa Mejor Solo(CD, Album) Hacienda Records (3) HAC 7356 US 1993 Sell This Version
HAC-7428 Tony De La Rosa Este Fue Mi Adios(CD, Album) Hacienda Records (3) HAC-7428 US 1996 Sell This Version
HAC-7502 Tony De La Rosa Mi Ultimo Beso(CD, Album) Hacienda Records (3) HAC-7502 US 2000 Sell This Version
Ilp-137 Tony De La Rosa Llegando A Texas(LP, Album) Ideal (12) Ilp-137 US Unknown Sell This Version
DLB-1008 Tony De La Rosa Polkas Y Canciones(LP) D.L.B. Records DLB-1008 US Unknown Sell This Version
ILP-130, Vol. VI Tony De La Rosa 50 Balas(LP) Ideal (12), Ideal (12) ILP-130, Vol. VI US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6614 Tony De La Rosa Carmela(7", Single) CBS 6614 Mexico 1970 Sell This Version
BG-663 Tony De La Rosa Rio Rebelde / Dos Destinos(7", Single) Bego BG-663 US 1973 Sell This Version
DLB-529 Tony De La Rosa El Retozon / De Cachetito(7") D.L.B. Records DLB-529 US Unknown Sell This Version
FR-191 Tony De La Rosa Dos Corazones Errantes(7") Freddie Records FR-191 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-1956 Tony De La Rosa Y Su Conjunto* Amor Se Dice Cantando / La Vida Es La Vida(7") Ideal (12) 45-1956 US Unknown Sell This Version
DLB-482 Tony De La Rosa Mirada Que Facina / Pamela(7") D.L.B. Records DLB-482 US Unknown Sell This Version
DLR-146 Tony De La Rosa Por Lo Pronto(7", Single) De La Rosa DLR-146 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-1204 Tony De La Rosa El Zandungo(7") Ideal Recording Company 45-1204 US Unknown Sell This Version
BE-178 Tony De La Rosa Y Su Conjunto* La Huerfanita(7") Bernal Record Co. BE-178 US Unknown Sell This Version
DLR-108 Tony De La Rosa Mil Cadenas(7") De La Rosa DLR-108 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-1830 Tony De La Rosa Paloma Negra(7") Ideal Recording Company 45-1830 US Unknown Sell This Version
FR-185 Tony De La Rosa Porque Voy A Llorar(7") Freddie Records FR-185 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-1962 Tony De La Rosa Pajarito Negro / La Cruz Del Cielo(7", Single) Ideal (12) 45-1962 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-1522 Tony De La Rosa Mi Sincera Explicacion / Yolanda(7") Ideal (12) 45-1522 US Unknown Sell This Version
FR-193 Tony De La Rosa San Juan Del Rio(7", Single) Freddie Records FR-193 US Unknown Sell This Version