Mariachi los Camperos
In 1950, Nati Cano joined a mariachi band in the city of Mexicali, Baja California, as an arranger. Cano was younger than any of the other members at the time. The group later relocated to Los Angeles, California. Nati Cano became the leader of the band following the death of its leader due to a car accident. Cano renamed the band, Mariachi los Camperos, meaning Countrymen.
The ensemble was one of four mariachis that collaborated on Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 milestone album, Canciones de Mi Padre. They also appear on Ronstadt’s sequel album, Mas Canciones, which was released in 1992, and toured with the singer nationwide.
Nati Cano stepped down as leader in the 2000s due to declining health.
The ensemble has recorded several albums including:
- Puro Mariachi (Indigo Records, 1961)
- North of the Border (RCA/Carino Records, 1965)
- El Super Mariachi, Los Camperos (Latin International, 1968)
- Valses de Amor (La Fonda Records, 1973)
- Canciones de Siempre (PolyGram Latino, 1993)
- Sounds of Mariachi (Delfin Records, 1996)
- Fiesta Navidad (Delfin Records, 1997)
- Viva el Mariachi (Smithsonian Folkways, 2003)
- ¡Llegaron Los Camperos!, (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2004) and
- Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas: Música Ranchera (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2008).
They were also featured on Smithsonian Folkways' Raíces Latinas: Smithsonian Folkways Latino Roots Collection in 2002.
Their album ¡Llegaron Los Camperos! was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album and they shared a 2005 Best Musical Album for Children Grammy for cELLabration!, A tribute to Ella Jenkins.
- Colker, David (2014-10-04). "Musician Nati Cano dies at 81; leader of Mariachi los Camperos". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-25.