Tony De La Rosa

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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.
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ZLP 1060 Tony De La Rosa - Tony De La Rosa En 72' album art Tony De La Rosa Tony De La Rosa En 72'(LP, Album) El Zarape ZLP 1060 US 1972 Sell This Version
Tony De La Rosa - Rio Rebelde album art Tony De La Rosa Rio Rebelde Bego US 1973 Sell This Version
Tony De La Rosa - Mi Ultima Parranda album art Tony De La Rosa Mi Ultima Parranda (Album) Freddie Records US 1975 Sell This Version
LP 1026 Tony De La Rosa - Oye Mi Corazon album art Tony De La Rosa Oye Mi Corazon(LP, Album) Freddie Records LP 1026 US 1975 Sell This Version
FR-1048 Tony De La Rosa - Cuarenta Anos album art Tony De La Rosa Cuarenta Anos(LP) Freddie Records FR-1048 US 1976 Sell This Version
DLR LP 1008 Tony De La Rosa - Dame Una Cachetada album art Tony De La Rosa Dame Una Cachetada(LP, Album) De La Rosa Records DLR LP 1008 US 1977 Sell This Version
DLR 1002 Tony De La Rosa - Mil Cadenas album art Tony De La Rosa Mil Cadenas(LP, Album) De La Rosa DLR 1002 US 1977 Sell This Version
FR-1076 Tony De La Rosa - Cuando Mas Tranquila Te Alles / Palomita De Alas Blancas album art Tony De La Rosa Cuando Mas Tranquila Te Alles / Palomita De Alas Blancas(LP, Album) Freddie Records FR-1076 US 1977 Sell This Version
HAC-7902 Tony De La Rosa - Siempre album art Tony De La Rosa Siempre(LP) Hacienda Records (3) HAC-7902 US 1979 Sell This Version
DLR-1030-LP Tony De La Rosa - Un Recuerdo album art Tony De La Rosa Un Recuerdo(LP, Album) De La Rosa DLR-1030-LP US 1979 Sell This Version
LP-1182 Tony De La Rosa - Musica De Zapato Y Tacon album art Tony De La Rosa Musica De Zapato Y Tacon(LP) Freddie Records LP-1182 US 1980 Sell This Version
DLR-1034 Tony De La Rosa - La Negra Ausencia album art Tony De La Rosa La Negra Ausencia(LP, Album) De La Rosa Records DLR-1034 US 1980 Sell This Version
LP-1221 Tony De La Rosa - Las Polkas Consentidas De Tony album art Tony De La Rosa Las Polkas Consentidas De Tony(LP, Album) Freddie Records LP-1221 US 1982 Sell This Version
ASLP-0158 Tony De La Rosa - Vol. 2 album art King De La Rosa* Vol. 2(LP, Album) Amor (2) ASLP-0158 US 1982 Sell This Version
LP-1259 Tony De La Rosa - Homenaje A Domingo Pena album art Tony De La Rosa Homenaje A Domingo Pena(LP, Album) Freddie Records LP-1259 US 1983 Sell This Version
FRLP 1339 Tony De La Rosa - Corazon De A Peso album art Tony De La Rosa Corazon De A Peso(LP, MiniAlbum) Freddie Records FRLP 1339 US 1986 Sell This Version
HAC 7356 Tony De La Rosa - Mejor Solo album art Tony De La Rosa Mejor Solo(CD, Album) Hacienda Records (3) HAC 7356 US 1993 Sell This Version
CD 6066 Tony De La Rosa - Es Mi Derecho album art Tony De La Rosa Es Mi Derecho(CD, Album) Rounder Records CD 6066 US 1995 Sell This Version
HAC-7428 Tony De La Rosa - Este Fue Mi Adios album art 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 album art 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 album art Tony De La Rosa Llegando A Texas(LP, Album) Ideal (12) Ilp-137 US Unknown Sell This Version
ALTO 1127 Tony De La Rosa - Carinito De Mi Vida album art Tony De La Rosa Carinito De Mi Vida(LP, Album) Alto Records (4) ALTO 1127 US Unknown Sell This Version
DLB-1008 Tony De La Rosa - Polkas Y Canciones album art Tony De La Rosa Polkas Y Canciones(LP) D.L.B. Records DLB-1008 US Unknown Sell This Version
LP-1194 Tony De La Rosa - Las Polkas De Oro album art Tony De La Rosa Las Polkas De Oro(LP, Album) Freddie Records LP-1194 US Unknown Sell This Version
ILP-130, Vol. VI Tony De La Rosa - 50 Balas album art Tony De La Rosa 50 Balas(LP) Ideal (12), Ideal (12) ILP-130, Vol. VI US Unknown Sell This Version