Los Aguilares: A bittersweet night of puro conjunto
Posted: January 27, 2012 Filed under: accordion, Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, conjunto, los aguilares, san antonio, tejano
It has been two years since the death of accordionist and co-founder Emilio Aguilar from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 70.
“It’s important to continue my dad’s legacy,” said Miguel Aguilar, who plays keyboards. “And of course, my uncle (Genaro) still has his voice. He’s still active, and he wants to continue so we’re going to respect that … continuing is what my dad would really, really have wanted us to do.”
Emilio Aguilar was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was 55. But even at the end of his life, when he couldn’t recognize his button accordion “and didn’t know what to do with it,” he could still keep time.
“He never lost his beat. My mom would tune in the Radio Jalapeño station (KEDA-AM), and he would always stomp his foot. He would just smile,” Miguel recalled. “That’s a good memory.”
Los Aguilares’ life story is right out of a movie.
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A bittersweet night of puro conjunto – San Antonio Express-News.