Al Hurricane

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Al Hurricane
Al Hurricane pointingtowards the crowd (cropped).jpg
Hurricane performing in 2014
Background information
Birth nameAlberto Nelson Sanchez
Born(1936-07-10)July 10, 1936
Dixon, New Mexico, U.S.
DiedOctober 22, 2017(2017-10-22) (aged 81)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
GenresNew Mexico music, Latin music, rock music, Norteño, Ranchera, Country Western, rock and roll, rockabilly, Corrido, Cumbia
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar (Gibson 335,[1] 137, 347), Saxophone, Piano
Years active1962–2017
LabelsHurricane Records, Atlantis Records, EMI Capitol, Discos Musart
Associated actsTiny Morrie, Baby Gaby, Al Hurricane, Jr., Jerry Dean

Alberto Nelson Sanchez (July 10, 1936 – October 22, 2017), known professionally as Al Hurricane, was an American singer-songwriter. He was dubbed "The Godfather" of New Mexico music.[2][3] He released more than thirty albums, and was best known for his works to New Mexico’s unique style of Spanish music.[4]

His signature look, which included an eye-patch, was due to an automobile accident that occurred during the 1960s.[5]

Sanchez died of complications from prostate cancer on October 22, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 81.[4][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Show Up! – Weekly Alibi". Weekly Alibi. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  2. "Paying Tribute to the Godfather of New Mexico Music – Alibi". Weekly Alibi. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  3. "Godfather of New Mexico at mid-century of career". Valencia County News-Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2014-05-11. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Al Hurricane, 'Godfather of New Mexico music,' dies". Miami Herald. Associated Press. October 23, 2017.
  5. "The Early Show : WUSA : December 26, 2011 7:00am-9:00am EST : Free Streaming : Internet Archive". The Early Show. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  6. "Al Hurricane, 'Godfather of New Mexico music,' dies at 81". Albuquerque Journal. October 22, 2017.