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Ruben Ramos and The Mexican Revolution coming to Victoria

By by dianna wray/
March 2, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.
Updated March 1, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.

Ruben Ramos started his own band, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution in 1970.

Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution are coming to town. If you've got a brain in your head, you'll go see them.

Ramos, 71, started out picking cotton in Sugar Land fields, but music has taken him all over the world as lead singer of one of the finest Tejano bands around.

Ramos didn't plan on making music his life, but it was in his blood.

When he was a kid, Ramos and his family were cotton pickers by day, but at night and on the weekends, Ruben's mother would pull out a guitar, and his father would sing.

People came from miles around, cramming into tiny houses to hear them play.

Ruben started out playing drums in a band run by his older brother. The first time he sang in front of a crowd, the song was Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill."

"I kept asking my friends to come see us play, but they weren't Hispanic, and they said they didn't want to hear Tejano music," Ramos said.

His brother said the band would play English songs if Ruben learned to sing them.

From that first thrill in front of the band, his path was set.

Ramos started his own band, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution in 1970. He and his band members played all over the country and then all over the world. The band has been playing for more than 50 years, Ramos said.

While they're mostly known for their Tejano music - the band won a Grammy for Best Tejano Album in 2009 - they can and do play just about anything, Ramos said.

Ramos has been in the music business for decades, but he still loves it. His favorite thing is playing live.

"The Mexican Revolution is a party band, and the energy we get from the people is great," he said. "We may have trouble getting where we're going and we may be tired, but once we get onstage, we forget it," Ramos said.

He and the other eight members of his band play all over the place, but he says he loves coming to Victoria.

"I've been playing here since the 1960s. We always get a great reception," he said.

Ramos will be onstage with the Mexican Revolution at 9 p.m. Friday at The Club Westerner, 1005 W. Constitution St., Victoria.



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