The Sun Valley Was a Tejano Hotspot in the 80s and 90s
I just wrote a story about George Strait selling out the Sun Valley Ranch in 1983. In the article, I also mention that the Sun Valley was a Tejano hotspot in the 80s and 90s! If you have any pictures or memorabilia of any show that you attended at the Sun Valley, the Riverside, Bluebonnet Convention Center, or any venue from back in the day. Send them my way at JP@townsquaremedia.com, I would love to write about those shows.
A-LINE OF PEOPLE TO CUERO HIGHWAY
If I recall correctly, doors opened at 7 o'clock for that dance. My friends and I were near the front of the line about 10 people deep. By the time the doors opened at 8, there was a line of people all the way out to Cuero Highway. Not to mention cars parked up and down Highway 87. Who remembers those days? This show was right around the time that Emilio crossed over to Country. For a Crossover Tejano artist, his music did very well on the Country charts with 'It's Not the End of the World' peaking at #27 and 'Even If I Tried' peaking at #41. He did play those songs and most of his Country hits that night but Emilio's Tejano and Proud roots was the focal point of this show.
TEJANO AND PROUD
If you were a true Tejano fan you know an Emilio show did not come without his brother Raulito' and the Legendary 'Shoot It' dance move. From 'Como Le Hare,' to' Fijate Mama' and 'Juntos' it's like the crowd knew every word to every song on that night. I am not sure what the capacity of Sun Valley was but I am sure that number was exceeded on that night. Emilio was the true King of Tejano or as Tejano's know him 'El Rey de Rodeo.' Check out these actions shots of the 'Shoot It' and a picture on stage with his brother Raulito. Relive more Tejano nostalgia by reading about Selena's sold-out show at the Riverside in the '90s by clicking here.
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