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Tejanos for Diabetes all-star collaboration of 'Stand By Me' brings awareness to deadly disease

Tejano legends come together to bring awareness to diabetes with an all-star collaboration.

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An all-star bilingual collaboration from Tejanos for Diabetes of the classic hit “Stand By Me” released on Monday hopes to bring awareness to the deadly disease.

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Many Tejano legends got together to record an amazing cover of the 1961 hit song by Ben E. King. Ram Herrera, Joe Posada, David Marez, Little Joe, Marcos Orozco, Adalberto Gallegos, Jorge Alejandro, Agnes Torres, Elio Quintanilla, Sunny Ozuna, George Rivas, and Gilbert Velasquez are featured on this beautiful production for Tejanos For Diabetes.

“As we hear and see our loved ones fighting against this evil disease that seems to be growing amongst not only Hispanics/Latinos, but the entire race of humanity, we can only hope and pray for a cure,” said Torres of New Variety Band in a social media post. “We encourage every person to follow the guidelines in order to prevent and keep diabetes under control.”

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The collaboration was produced by Jorge Slomski for Graphic Studio Music and mixed and mastered by multiple Grammy winner Gilbert Velasquez, who also shared his amazing guitar skills.

Tejanos For Diabetes is a program created to provide free assistance to fight diabetes to Texas communities supported by local civic groups, local and Texas leaders, health practitioners, and recording artists. The organization will provide vital information to Hispanics to help them understand the symptoms of this killer decease which is is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to TejanosForDiabetes.com.

The video is dedicated to Tejano singers, musicians and community members that have died due to complications with diabetes, including Jimmy Gonzalez, Nick Villarreal, Jerry De La Rosa, Luis Silva, Martin Garcia, Pete Garza, Pete Ojeda, Margo Morones, Pete Gonzales, and Oscar Flores.

The project is also dedicated to “all diabetes survivors that struggle every day with their treatments and suffering.”

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