“A DIFFERENT BAILA” -by Des Kelly
This time, Wally Bastiensz had nothing to do with it. The true King of Baila is now no more, so R.I.P. Wally, but here, I am introducing every one of our Lankan/Aussies & Members of the greatest Lankan Website around the World, (eLanka), to “A Different Baila”, this time, with an “alias” in name & coming from a Tex-Mex group named “The Texas Tornados” to entertain us “Bailando-Style”.You see folks,they now simply take (Baila-and-do) it Mexican style. I have always enjoyed being a Wordsmith, so Bailando is simply just one example of this God-given gift.
In case any of my readers have not experienced the music of this band
The Texas Tornados caught my attention recently, and I am quite impressed by their easy style of musicality. The main group was formed by Doug.Sahm, one-time leader of a group calling themselves the “Sir Douglas Quintet”, although he (Doug) was never really knighted by the Queen or anyone else, for that matter. Later on, Doug invited both Freddy Fender & Accordianist extraordinaire Flaco Jimenez to join him, and changed their name to The Texas Tornados, excelling in both English & Mexican Pop. Songs.
It was also referred to as Tejano Music
Doug started in Showbiz at just six years of age, as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, unfortunately was found dead in a hotel room (while touring), suspected of a heart attack, at the age of 58.
Freddy Fender, well-known and very popular throughout the World, mainly for his Latino-style songs, was the next to go, sadly from lung cancer at the age of 69. Happily, both Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers are still with us after also starring with the Texas Tornados. Flaco is universally known as on of the top Accordian virtuosos, and Augie played both keyboards and accordian plus singing the odd number, himself.
I am happy to feature three songs of this group, to give my good readers a chance to enjoy The Texas Tornados.
Hope you enjoy all of them.