Two members of Los Aguilares, Genaro Aguilar and Emilio Aguilar, along with Jessy Serrata, Tomas Vasquez and Rick Garcia were inducted into the Texas Conjunto Hall of Fame on Saturday in San Benito, Texas.
The five pioneers are the 2017 class of inductees for the 16th annual Texas Conjunto Music Inductions Awards Ceremony that took place at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
For over five decades, Los Aguilares have been playing conjunto music, and original member Genaro is continuing the music after the December 2009 passing of co-founder and brother Emilio at the age of 70.
Serrata, also known as “Mr. Iron Throat,” has appeared on over 17 albums and was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004 for his album Better Than Ever. The 63-year-old singer was unable to attend the ceremony because of illness. His friend Agustin Gomez accepted the honor in his place.
Record executive Garcia, the executive vice president of Hacienda Records in Corpus Christi, has promoted others in their recording careers since the early 1970s.
Vasquez, the 81-year-old last surviving member of Freddie Gomez y Los Dinamicos, is still filled with memories of playing for American soldiers on their way to Vietnam in the 1960s.
With the addition of these five new inductees, the number of Conjunto Hall of Famers now totals 80. A new museum building, scheduled to open in August 2017, certainly will add more conjunto stars for many years to come.