Alfonso Ramos, Jr. was a fixture in the Austin, TX music scene for over a half century. A saxophonist, he first played with his uncle Justin Perez’s band before starting his own, Alfonso Ramos y Su Orquestra in the 1950s. Ramos played popular Austin Latin music venues, including the City Coliseum, Latin Quarter and the Chapparal.
He recorded over 100 albums and performed before audiences around the country, including at the Mexican-American Inaugural Ball for President George W. Bush. His brother started Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, a group that won a Grammy for Best Tejano Music Album of 2009.
Ramos (October 22, 1936-October 4, 2016) is in the Tejano Music Awards Hall of Fame and the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame. If you hear similarities to polka in Tejano Music, it’s because it has its roots in the horn-driven music of the Germans, Poles and Czechs who immigrated to Texas and Mexico in the 19th century.