David Hidalgo

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David Hidalgo
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Hidalgo performing with Los Lobos on the South Lawn of the White House, October 13, 2009
Background information
Birth nameDavid Kent Hidalgo
Born (1954-10-06) October 6, 1954 (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresChicano rock, roots rock, Tex-Mex, Americana, cowpunk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums, guitar
Associated actsLos Lobos, Los Super Seven, Latin Playboys, Houndog

David Kent Hidalgo (born October 6, 1954, in Los Angeles[1]) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. In 1973, Hidalgo was one of the founding members of Los Lobos, for which he wrote most songs together with Louie Pérez. Otherwise, he also participated as a guest musician on albums of other artists, including David Alvin, Buckwheat Zydeco, Paul Burlison, T-Bone Burnett, Peter Case, Toni Childs, Marc Cohn, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Crowded House, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Lee Hooker, Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Pierce Pettis, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Taj Mahal, Suzanne Vega, Bob Dylan und Tom Waits. He is also a member of the supergroup Los Super Seven and of the Latin Playboys, a side project made up of some of the members of Los Lobos. With Mike Halby of Canned Heat, he formed another band, Houndog, as a side project. He also appeared on national television in the U.S., backing Tom Waits.

For the movie Promised Land he contributed in 1987 the song Will the Wolf Survive. For Dennis Hopper's film drama Colors - Colors of Violence with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall from 1988, he wrote the song One Time, One Night. The songs Manifold De Amour, Forever Night Shade Mary and Chinese Surprize for the 1995 action film Desperado with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek are also from Hidalgo's pen. For the road movie The Mexican with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts from 2001 he wrote the melancholic song La pistola y el corazón.

Hidalgo's songs have been covered by the Jerry Garcia Band, Waylon Jennings, Bonnie Raitt and others. He has performed in Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival since its inception in 2004, most recently in April 2013 at Madison Square Garden with Los Lobos. Eric Clapton joined the band on stage for their song "Burn It Down", from their latest album, Tin Can Trust. His son, David Hidalgo Jr., is the current drummer for Social Distortion.

In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a session musician on other artists' releases.


Selected collaborations[edit]


Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1990 "Hey Good Lookin'" (with Buckwheat Zydeco and Dwight Yoakam)


  1. ^ Holly George-Warren, editor. The Rolling stone encyclopedia of rock & roll. Fireside (2001), p. 579. ISBN 0-7432-0120-5.

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