Flaco Jiménez

Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez (born March 11, 1939)[1] is a Norteño, Tex Mex and Tejano music accordionist and singer from San Antonio, Texas.[2][3]

Flaco Jiménez
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Background information
Birth nameLeonardo "Flaco" Jiménez
BornMarch 11, 1939 (age 79)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
GenresConjunto, Norteño, Tejano, country, rock
InstrumentsAccordion, bajo sexto, vocals
Years active1946–present
Associated actsTexas Tornadoes, The Mavericks, The Rolling Stones, Los Super Seven, Sir Douglas Quintet, Dwight Yoakam, Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana Los Tex maniacs


Jiménez began performing at the age of seven, with his father, Santiago Jiménez Sr, who was a pioneer of conjunto music and began recording at age fifteen as a member of Los Caminantes. He played in the San Antonio area for several years and then began working with Doug Sahm in the 1960s. Sahm, better known as the founding member of the Sir Douglas Quintet, played with Jiménez for some time. Flaco then went on to New York City and worked with Dr. John, David Lindley, Peter Rowan, Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan. He appeared on Cooder's world music album Chicken Skin Music and on the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge. This led to greater awareness of his music outside America and, after touring Europe with Ry Cooder, he returned to tour in America with his own band, and on a joint bill with Peter Rowan. Jiménez, Peter Rowan and Wally Drogos were the original members of a band called the Free Mexican Airforce.

Flaco Jimenez (musician) on stage at Farnham, U.K., 1985
Flaco on stage at Farnham, U.K., 1985 (on tour with Peter Rowan)

Jiménez won a Grammy award in 1986 for Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio, one of his father's songs. He was also a member of the Tejano fusion group Texas Tornados,[4] with Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender. The Texas Tornados won a Grammy award in 1990, and Jiménez earned one on his own in 1996, when his album Flaco Jiménez won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance. In 1999, he earned another Grammy award for Best Tejano Performance for Said and Done (released by Barbed Wire Records) and one for Best Mexican-American Performance as a part of the supergroup Los Super Seven.

In 2012 Jiménez received a National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts.[2][3]

In February 2015, Jiménez won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[5] He also won 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.

Jiménez appeared in the movie Picking Up the Pieces, with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, and was also featured on the soundtrack. His music has been featured in the soundtrack for other movies, such as Y Tu Mamá También, El Infierno, The Border, Tin Cup, Chulas Fronteras, and Striptease. The Hohner company collaborated with Jiménez to create the Flaco Jimenez Signature Series of accordions.

His brother, Santiago Jiménez, Jr., is also an accomplished accordionist and has recorded extensively.

Jiménez's 2014 CD, Flaco & Max: Legends & Legacies, was issued by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. In 2015, "Legends & Legacies" won Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca an award in the Latin Album category at the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards.


Flaco Jimenez y Max Baca sing a Buck Owens song @ Flamingo Cantina, Austin Tx (11618235323)
Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca, 2013

Studio Albums

Live Albums

Compilations and Re-Releases

  • El Rancho de la Ramalada, [release year unknown], Joey Records
  • Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio Y Mas, 1993, Arhoolie Records
  • Un Mojado Sin Licencia and Other Hits From the 1960s, 1993, Arhoolie Records[6]
  • Flaco's First! (with Los Caminantes), 1995, Arhoolie Records
  • 15 Exitos, 1995, Joey Records
  • Best of Flaco Jiménez, 1999, Arhoolie Records
  • Ultimo Tornado, 2001, Warner Bros. Records
  • 20 Golden Hits, 2001, Hacienda Records
  • Flaco's Favorites: 14 Fabulous Tracks, 2002, Fab14 Records
  • Contiene Exitos, Prieta Case Se Me Olvido Otra Vez, 2003, Discos Ranchito
  • Fiesta Del Rio, 2006, Fiesta Records
  • Melodias, 2010, Joey Records
  • Polkas y Mas..., 2010, Joey Records

Featured on Multi-Artist Compilation Albums


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Latin
1992 "Me Está Matando" 38 Partners

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1996 "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" The Mavericks 13 15 Music for All Occasions



  1. ^ "How Mexico Learned To Polka". NPR.org(Morning Edition). 11 March 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez - 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow". National Endowment for the Arts. 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Flaco Jimenez: Tiny Desk Concert : NPR". NPR Music. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ "So The Punk Says To The Ranchero, 'You Should Listen To Piñata Protest'". NPR.org(Alt.Latino). 28 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Special Merit Awards: Class Of 2015|GRAMMY.com". Grammy.com. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. ^ [1]

External links

All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down

"All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" is a song written by Raul Malo and Al Anderson, and recorded by American country music group The Mavericks featuring accordionist Flaco Jiménez. It was released in January 1996 as the second single from the album Music for All Occasions. The song reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, representing the band's highest entry there, and Jiménez's only entry.

American Roots Music

American Roots Music is a 2001 multi-part documentary film that explores the historical roots of American Roots music through footage and performances by the creators of the movement: Folk, Country, Blues, Gospel, Bluegrass, and many others.

This PBS film series is available as an 'in-class' teaching tool.Notable musicians that appear in this documentary are:

Kris Kristofferson (as narrator)

Bonnie Raitt

Robbie Robertson

Bob Dylan

Eddie Vedder

Mike Seeger

Ricky Skaggs

Marty Stuart

Rufus Thomas

Doc Watson

James Cotton

Bela Fleck

Douglas B. Green

Arlo Guthrie

Flaco Jiménez

B.B. King

Bruce Springsteen

Steven Van Zandt

Robert Mirabal

Keb' Mo'

Willie Nelson

Sam Phillips

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Keith Richards

Earl Scruggs

Ralph Stanley

Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio y Más!

Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio y Más! is title of a studio album released by American performer Flaco Jiménez. It was released in 1986 by Arhoolie Records. Jiménez was awarded the Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance at the 29th Grammy Awards with the album.

Chávez Ravine (album)

Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder is the twelfth studio album by Ry Cooder. It is the first concept album and historical album by Ry Cooder which tells the story of Chávez Ravine, a Mexican-American community demolished in the 1950s in order to build public housing. The housing was never built. Ultimately the Brooklyn Dodgers built a stadium on the site as part of their move to Los Angeles.

Chávez Ravine was nominated for "Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album" in 2006.

Doug Sahm

Douglas Wayne Sahm (November 6, 1941 – November 18, 1999) was an American musician and singer-songwriter from Texas. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was a child prodigy in country music but became a significant figure in roots rock and other genres. Sahm is considered one of the most important figures in what is identified as Tex-Mex music. Proficient on multiple instruments, he was the founder and leader of the 1960s rock and roll band, the Sir Douglas Quintet. He would later co-found the Texas Tornados with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jiménez as well as Los Super Seven.

El Equilibrio de los Jaguares

El Equilibrio de los Jaguares is an album recorded by Mexican rock band Jaguares. The debut LP was released on September 17, 1996 under the label Bertelsmann de Mexico (BMG).

Lead singer and songwriter Saúl Hernández and drummer Alfonso André credited as the only members of the band. Guest musicians include José Manuel Aguilera, Federico Fong, Cecilia Toussaint, Benmont Tench, Billy Preston and Flaco Jiménez.

Flaco Jiménez (album)

Flaco Jiménez is title of a studio album released by American performer Flaco Jiménez. It was released in October 25, 1994 by Arista Records. Jiménez was awarded the Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance at the 38th Grammy Awards with the album.

Freeze (album)

Freeze is the tenth studio album by Dutch rock and roll and blues group Herman Brood & His Wild Romance. The album reached #63 on the Dutch album chart on 3 November 1990, and stayed on the chart for 5 weeks. Brood, who had just won the 1989 Popprijs, one of the highest Dutch awards for popular music, recorded Freeze with the help of Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band and Tejano accordion player Flaco Jiménez. Lack of success for this album leads Brood to stop touring.

La golondrina

"La golondrina" (English: "The Swallow") is a song written in 1862 by Mexican physician Narciso Serradell Sevilla (1843-1910), who at the time was exiled to France due to the French intervention in Mexico.

The lyrics come from a poem written in Arabic by the last Abencerrages king of Granada, Aben Humeya, in a translation by Niceto de Zamacois, which Sevilla found in a magazine used as packing material.

The Spanish lyrics use the image of a migrating swallow to evoke sentiments of longing for the homeland. It became the signature song of the exiled Mexicans. The song was recorded in 1906 by Señor Francisco. A guitar instrumental was recorded by Chet Atkins in 1955. The song has also been recorded by Caterina Valente (1959), Nat King Cole (1962), Plácido Domingo (1984), Flaco Jiménez (1992, instrumental), and Caetano Veloso (1994).Felice & Boudleaux Bryant wrote lyrics in English, as "She Wears My Ring", which was first recorded by Jimmy Sweeney (also known as Jimmy Bell) in 1960 with notable cover versions by Roy Orbison (1962), Ray Price and Solomon King (both 1968), and Elvis Presley (1973).The song figures prominently in the 1969 film The Wild Bunch, directed by Sam Peckinpah and scored by Jerry Fielding. The local people serenade the bandit protagonists with it as they leave Angel's Mexican village.

The song, recorded by 13-year-old Heintje, became a German number-one hit in August 1968 (title: Du sollst nicht weinen, "Thou shalt not cry"). In June 1970, the 9-year-old Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland became a famed child singer with a recording in Swedish (Mitt sommarlov, "My summer break") that topped the Swedish chart Svensktoppen for seven weeks as well as the Norwegian singles chart for three weeks.

Live in San Francisco (Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos album)

Live in San Francisco is a collaborative live album by Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos released in September 2013 by Nonesuch Records and Perro Verde. The album was recorded in 2011 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California. Cooder produced Live in San Francisco and recorded with members of Corridos Famosos, which included vocalists Juliette Commagere, Terry Evans, and Arnold McCuller, Joachim Cooder on drums, Robert Francis on bass, Flaco Jiménez on accordion, and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil. It was his first live album since Show Time (1977), which Cooder also recorded at the Great American Music Hall with Jiménez and Evans.

Los Super Seven (album)

Los Super Seven is a studio album released by supergroup Los Super Seven. It was released in September 15, 1998 by RCA Nashville. Freddy Fender and Flaco Jiménez, both from Texas Tornados, formed Los Super Seven, along Joe Ely, Rick Trevino, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas (of Los Lobos' fame), and Tejano vocalist Ruben Ramos. The album peaked at number-one in the Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart and reached top ten in the Billboard Top Latin Song chart. Los Super Seven earned them the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards. A portion of the proceeds of the album were destined to the National Council of La Raza a non-profit organization that represents Latino interests and causes.

My Name Is Buddy

My Name Is Buddy: Another Record by Ry Cooder is the thirteenth studio album by Ry Cooder. It is the second social-political concept album by Ry Cooder. Cooder has described it as the second in a trilogy that began with Chávez Ravine and concluded with I, Flathead. The album is packaged in a small booklet that includes a brief story and drawing to accompany each song. Both the songs and the stories relate tales from the viewpoint of the characters, Buddy Red Cat, Lefty Mouse, and Reverend Tom Toad. The liner notes ask listeners/readers to join them as they "Journey through time and space in days of labor, big bosses, farm failures, strikes, company cops, sundown towns, hobos, and trains... the America of yesteryear."

Peter Rowan discography

This article presents the discography of singer, composer, guitar and mandolin player Peter Rowan.

Santiago Jiménez Jr.

Santiago Jiménez Jr. (aka Santiago Henriquez Jiménez) (born April 8, 1944) is a folk musician who has won a National Heritage Fellowship in 2000 for lifetime achievement in traditional Tex-Mex/folk music, and a National Medal of Arts in 2016. He has been nominated for three Grammys.His father, Santiago "Flaco" Jiménez Sr. was a pioneer of conjunto music and pioneered the use of stringed base (tololoche) in his work. His older brother Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez is considered by many the greatest and most famous Tejano accordionist ever. Santiago recorded his first album with his brother Flaco at age 17. Unlike Flaco, who is noted for mixing his music with many styles outside the Tejano mainstream, Santiago has emulated his father and stuck with the formulas of accordion, guitar, and vocals.Santiago has recorded over 700 songs on numerous labels. He also founded his own label, Chief Records. Santiago has performed on multiple continents and at many festivals. In 2012, Santiago and Flaco played together at the Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio, the first time they were on the same stage since 1982.President Obama awarded Santiago a 2015 National Medal of Arts on September 22, 2016 for his contribution to American music.

Texas Tornados

Texas Tornados is a Tejano band. Its music is a fusion of conjunto (German and Norteno Mexican fusion music of Texas) with rock, country, and various Mexican styles.

The Best Day Ever

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever is the fourth album by the voice cast members of SpongeBob SquarePants. Written by Tom Kenny and musician and producer Andy Paley, it features musical cameos by Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, Flaco Jiménez, and others. The Best Day Ever album was released on September 12, 2006 to positive reviews from critics.

The Mavericks discography

The Mavericks is a neotraditional country band led by Raul Malo. Its discography consists of nine studio albums, three compilation albums, and a live album. The band's highest-certified album is 1994's What a Crying Shame, certified platinum by the RIAA and double platinum by the CRIA. 1995's Music for All Occasions was certified gold in the US and platinum in Canada, while Trampoline and It's Now! It's Live!, both from 1998, earned gold certification in Canada.

The Mavericks also released twenty singles. Although fourteen of these charted on the Billboard country singles charts, none reached Top Ten on that chart, with the highest-peaking being the #13 "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez. Two singles — "What a Crying Shame" and "Here Comes the Rain" from 1994 and 1995, respectively — reached Top Ten on the RPM country charts in Canada. A cover of the pop standard "Blue Moon" was also a #15 Adult Contemporary hit in Canada, while "Dance the Night Away" and "I've Got This Feeling" both entered the UK Singles Chart, with the former peaking at #4.


The trikiti (standard Basque, pronounced [trikiti]), trikitixa (dialectal Basque, pronounced [trikitiʃa]) or eskusoinu txiki ("little hand-sound", pronounced [es̺kus̺oɲu tʃiki])) is a two-row Basque diatonic button accordion with right-hand rows keyed a fifth apart and twelve unisonoric bass buttons. The onomatopoeia trikiti, apparently stemming from the sound emitted by the tambourine, originally referred to a traditional Basque ensemble, made up of the instrument which now bears the name as well as alboka, txistu and other instruments.

Probably introduced by French or Italian immigrants coming from the Alps, the trikiti's first written evidence is attested late in the 19th century, exactly in 1889, when diatonic accordion was used for music in a popular pilgrimage festivity of Urkiola (Biscay). In 1890, a trikiti appears in a picture taken in Altsasu (Navarre), a railway junction. Therefore, some point to the instrument's import to the Basque Country from Italy through the port of Bilbao, while other sources suggest that this kind of diatonic accordion was brought in by Italian or French railway workers from the Alps. The diatonic button accordion itself was devised in Vienna in 1829, expanding thereafter all over Europe.

The pair of diatonic button accordion along with tambourine gradually grew in popularity and was adopted to perform in local and popular festivities, where the young danced to its tunes (fandangos, arin-arin etc.), despite the Catholic Church's resistance, who dubbed it "hell's bellows" on the grounds that its dance-inciting and lively music would lead Basque youths into temptation.

That playing pattern remained unchanged up to the 1980s, when Kepa Junkera and Joseba Tapia started to develop unprecedented ways of playing trikiti. While both authors came in for much criticism for their novelties and experimenting, they caught on and both styles, traditional and modern trikiti, have found their way and consolidated their separate paths. Both performers remain nowadays key figures of trikiti accordion. There have been influences of Tejano artists like Flaco Jiménez and other international players. Other renowned players include Alaitz Telletxea, Iñaki Malbadi, Maixa Lizarribar, Xabi Aburruzaga, Iker Goenaga and Carles Belda.

Currently traditional style ensembles consist of a pair playing trikiti (diatonic button accordion), tambourine and voice. Players typically use a highly ornamented and swift style, along with staccato triplets.

We All Get Lucky Sometimes

We All Get Lucky Sometimes is the fourth studio album by American country music singer Lee Roy Parnell. It was released in 1995 as his first album for Career Records, a sister label of Arista Nashville. This album produced five singles for him on the Billboard country singles charts. "A Little Bit of You" was the first, at #2, followed by "When a Woman Loves a Man" (#12), "Heart's Desire" (#3), "Givin' Water to a Drowning Man" (#12), and the title track (#46). It is also his highest-peaking album on Top Country Albums, peaking at #26 there.

"Squeeze Me In" was covered by Garth Brooks as a duet with Trisha Yearwood on his 2001 album Scarecrow, from which it was released as a single in 2002. The final track, "Catwalk", is an instrumental featuring accordionist Flaco Jiménez.

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