Music legend Flaco Jiménez was honored by the city of Temple, Texas with “Flaco Jimenez Day” on September 25, 2021, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales made the declaration to honor the 82-year-old Conjunto and Tejano music icon whose career spans more than six decades receiving numerous awards and honors.
“Just coming to Temple out there, everyone’s very excited to meet him,” Morales told KCEN-TV. “He’s laid the groundwork, not only his music but as a Hispanic, that has stuck with his music and with the opportunity he had with his talent.”
The six-time GRAMMY winner was honored to be recognized by the city as he made his return to the hometown of music legend Little Joe.
“Really pleased about them enjoying my music, and what I’ve done along the years, and uh, it makes me feel at home here,” Jiménez told KCEN-TV. “It’s an honor, it’s a pleasure to be here, I know it’s been quite a few years since I was here, I mean long time ago, but I’m really pleased to be here again.”
The recognition is one of many that Jiménez has earned, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award, a Tejano Music Award, and most recently received an official spot in U.S. history as the U.S. Library of Congress added his album Partners to the National Recording Registry earlier this year cementing Flaco Jiménez as a cultural and musical icon.
It’s certain that no one has taken the accordion-fueled Tex-Mex sound to a larger audience than he has. Without compromising his musical vision, Jiménez has introduced the traditional conjunto sound to mainstream pop and country listeners thanks to his collaborations with the Texas Tornados, Dwight Yoakam, and The Mavericks, and he is celebrated by adventurous rock fans through his work with Ry Cooder, Carlos Santana, Doug Sahm, and the Rolling Stones.
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