Ramon Ayala

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Ramon Ayala
Birth name Ramon Benitez Ayala
Born (1928-08-13)August 13, 1928
Genres Conjunto
Instruments Bajo sexto, accordion, Drums
Years active 1952–present
Labels Falcon Records, Bego Records, Bronco Records, Cometa Records, Ideal Records, Ayala Records, Bernal Records, National Records, R y N Records
Associated acts Pedro Ayala, Los Hermanos Ayala or Hermanos Ayala

Ramon Ayala is a bajo sexto player from Donna, Texas, who currently resides in the Rio Grande Valley. He is the son of Pedro Ayala. His progressive style and technique has earned him the 2009 Bajo Sexto Player of the Year Award from the South Texas Conjunto Association.[1][2] In 2009 he celebrated his 45th career anniversary.[3]

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Ramon Ayala started playing the accordion in 1951. He learned to play the drums in 1954. In 1955, he picked up the bajo sexto after his father Pedro Ayala, El Monarca del Acordeón, showed him his first two chords. By 1956, Ramon Ayala and his brother Pedro Ayala Jr., who played the accordion, joined their father in Pedro Ayala y Su Conjunto. Since 1956, Ramon Ayala has gone on to record for over a dozen studios releasing 88 recordings in album, single, cassette and CD formats. Ramon Ayala has recorded with Freddy Fender, Paulino Bernal and Esteban Jordan, among others. To date, he has released 105 recordings.

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