Ramón Ayala

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Ramón Ayala
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Ayala in 2012
Background information
Birth name Ramón Covarrubias Garza
Born (1945-12-08) December 8, 1945 (age 72)
Monterrey, Mexico[1]
Genres Norteño, Corrido, Conjunto, Tejano
Instruments Accordion
Years active 1963–present
Labels Freddie Records[2]

Ramón Covarrubias Garza (born December 8, 1945) known by his stage name Ramón Ayala is a Mexican musician, composer and songwriter of Norteño and Conjunto music. Known as the "King of the Accordion," Ayala has recorded over 113 albums for which he has received four Grammy Awards. Additionally, Ayala has been featured in thirteen movies. A legend of norteño music, Ayala is one of the most recognized and best-selling artists of this genre of Mexican music, breaking many sales records along the way. Tragos De Amargo Licor

The Accordion[edit]

Ramon Ayala obtained his first accordion at the age of 5 years old. The accordion was a gift from his father Mr. Ramon Covarruvias. In order to purches the accordion his father sold a pig. Ramon Ayala had to frequently stick the buttons back on with chewing gum in order to play the accordion.The born skill of Ayala would pay off very soon, because after a short time the skill made him an expert with the accordion. Around 1958, the family decided to emigrate to a town located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where Ramón worked as a laborer next to his brothers working on the cotton pick. On the weekends Ramon and his father would perform in the ¨cantinas¨ near by.

Ramón, Cornelio, Los Relámpagos del Norte[edit]

In the year of 1972, the destiny separates Ramón of his tula, while his progenitor undertakes a trip to McAllen Texas, he remains in Reynosa, is there where he meets Cornelio Reyna, singer with a very characteristic and guttural voice; who then alternated with a friend, Juan Peña acting in the canteen "El Cadillac", presenting himself as "Dueto Carta Blanca", initially Ayala requested work as shoe polisher, but was soon allowed to demonstrate his abilities as chupatula, to be heard by Both artists are accepted, soon after Juan left Cornelio, leaving Ramón in his place, changing the name of the duet to "Los Relámpagos del Norte". Like Ayala, Cornelio Reyna had a modest way of life, he only had patched trousers and Ramón had two, and they shared their food under a tree, having as a table a tomato crate (wooden box). The duo continued their wanderings, from bar to bar in search of work, however, Cornelio had already had the luck to record a disc next to Juan, for Falcón Records, but nothing had happened. On the basis of persistent work and effort, they managed to record a theme that would gain them notoriety by 1963; "No llores", recorded by Bego Records, would be the song that would open the doors to success. The four years of stumbling had been left behind, this would be followed by "Comal y metate", "Ay ojitos", "The ink of my blood", "Refund", "My Treasure", the young duo began to experience an overwhelming fame. , initially local and later nationally. One of the great merits of Cornelio and Ramón was to expand the musical taste for norteño music throughout the country, as authentic pioneers of the grupero movement in Mexico. However, 1001 was the year that marked the dissolution of the successful duet, King Tulachi embarks on a solo career with relative success. Although many musical critics pointed to the event as the end of Ramón's career, since he only played the accordion, this was not the case.

Los Bravos Del Norte[edit]

A modest Monterrey businessman and visionary of the northern musical phenomenon who had once served as representative of Los Relámpagos del Norte, decided to extend his support. Some time later, the band Los Bravos del Norte, which signed a contract with Marsol discs, an American phonographic label, would launch in the musical field, releasing their first recordings on a regular basis and with some success; at that time Antonio Sauceda had joined. DLV catapults them again after finding successes there: "Not for a thousand handfuls of gold" would be the first. The harvest of successes takes place in a spaced but constant way, in 1974 The Braves del Norte receive their first gold record for their sales index of the song "Chaparra de mi amor", this being also the year in which they debuted as vocalist of the Braves the singer Eliseo Robles. The successes continue until 1979, In 1986 they receive another Gold Record and later a Platinum Record. In 1988 Eliseo Robles left the Braves del Norte to start his own career, entering the North Braves the vocalist Juan Antonio Coronado who despite the comparisons managed to impose his style with the bravos recording hits like La Rama del Mezquite, To be able get to you (Receive another gold record), sad memories, my accordion and me and many more. Súper Éxitos de Ramón Ayala includes: The branch of the mesquite, The fearful, Bitter drinks, Good morning Lord God, Cumbia of the zoo, among many others, for 1992 Juan Antonio Coronado leaves the Braves and in his place Mario Marichalar to date is the current vocalist.



  1. ^ Ragland 123.
  2. ^ Barkley, Roy R. The handbook of Texas music. Texas State Historical Association. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-87611-193-2. 


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