- Allison Saenz
Guerrero, Lalo (24 Dec. 1916–17 Mar. 2005), songwriter and musician, was born Eduardo Guerrero in Tucson, Arizona. Born to ethnic Mexican parents, their pride in their cultural heritage would come to influence much of Guerrero’s works. His father, Eduardo Guerrero Ramirez, was a head boilermaker for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The most influential person in Guerrero’s life was his mother, Concepción Guerrero. Known to be constantly singing, she created an artistic atmosphere in which to cultivate Guerrero’s talent. She taught him to play guitar, and the family’s constant trips to Mexico impacted the music he would go on to produce. By age ten Guerrero had taught himself to play the piano, revealing a natural talent for music. His family was known to have several nicknames for one another, and “Lalo” ultimately became the one he adopted on and off stage....