Lydia 1916

Before Selena and J-Lo were known only by their first names, there was Lydia.  May 21, 1916 Lydia Mendoza was born on May 21, 1916 in Houston, Texas.  Accompanied by her 12 string guitar, Lydia was a pioneer of the Tejano music movement.  She recorded more than 200 songs in the first 6 years of her career and over 800 songs by the end of her 50 year career.  Lydia sang for US President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration in 1977.  She received the National Medal of the Arts in 1999.  President Bill Clinton praised her as “the first rural American woman performer to garner a large following throughout Latin America.”

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