At the height of the Chicano Rights movement in the 1970s, Little Joe Y La Familia’s polka-ranchera “Las Nubes,” a song inspired by Cesar Chavez, became an anthem for Mexican-Americans and the United Farmworkers Movement across California.
Guerrero gave Tejano Nation some background on the iconic song and the men who were a part of its creation.
“The Tejano anthem was arranged by world class musician Joe Gallardo in the early 1970s,” Guerrero said. “Gallardo was invited to join Little Joe by his close friend Tony ‘Ham’ Guerrero. The musicians that recorded ‘Las Nubes’ with Little Joe were assembled by Tony ‘Ham’ Guerrero. This group of musicians later became Tortilla Factory.”
Tony “Ham” Guerrero is Alfredo Guerrero’s father and when he passed away in January 2011 at the age of 66, Alfredo took over as leader of Tortilla Factory and possession of the original handwritten score of “Las Nubes”.
“I presented a replica of this historic masterpiece in the annals of Tejano music to Mark Arias a.k.a. Homie Marco, Program Director of KXTN, in appreciation for their decades of support in promoting La Onda,” Alfredo Guerrero said.
In March, Tortilla Factory released a sequel to “Las Nubes” entitled “Mi Gente” featuring Tejano legends “El Gato Negro” Ruben Ramos, “El Charro Negro” Bobby Butler and Gallardo.
WATCH: Little Joe Y La Famila perform “Las Nubes”