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Luis and Julián Garza Arredondo, from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, are a charting sibling corrido duo who have been recording and performing together since the early 1970s. Since 1975, they’ve published nearly 80 albums.
During their youth, both guys started writing corridos. They were the winners of a song competition in 1972. Luis’ “Canto a la Villa” has subsequently been recorded in the history of Nuevo Leon. Despite winning the competition, the pair’s real goal was to create songs for other artists at the time. They brought their tunes to Carlos y Jose, who turned them down and urged them to record their own music instead.
Carlos Salazar was very helpful. Salazar brought the pair to Texas, where they recorded their first singles for the Alto label, after they were unable to find a label to record them in Mexico (rejection from Discos DLV was a painful setback). Lupe Tijerina of Cadets de Linares accompanied them on accordion.
When DLV’s astute label president Basilio Villareal heard the tracks, he realized he had made a mistake in rejecting them and recognized a once-in-a-lifetime chance. He presented Luis and Julián with a contract, which they accepted. Between 1975 and 1982, the pair released 12 albums for the label before departing to record for a variety of small and big labels, including Falcón, Gas, Zarape, Joey, Viza, Ramex, DMY, Musical Sonitus, Roma, LyJ, TH-Mex, Fonovisa, and Disa.
“La Venganza de Mara,” “Tres Tumbas,” “Pistoleros Famosos,” “Nomas Las Mujeres Quedan,” and “Misa de Cuerpo” are among their many successes. The band’s songs were licensed for scores of Mexican films, and their concerts became legendary as they sold out stadiums all throughout Mexico and the Southwest.
Their music inspired subsequent generations of Mexican regional musicians, and their songs are still often covered today, even by alternative corrido performers. The duo’s albums La Mejor…Coleccion, Vol. 1 from 2005 and Corridos del Puritito Norte from 2011 both charted well in the United States in the twenty-first century.
Luis y Julián remain productive, releasing at least two albums each year, despite a little slowdown in the second decade of the twenty-first century. In 2016, they released Los Consentidos de Nuevo Leon and Corridos y Rancheras (along with two compilations), and the following year, Duelo de Leyendas and Norteas Llegadoras, two split albums with Carlos y Jose (the latter also included tracks by Adolfo Urias).