Ramón Ayala

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The king of the accordion who helped turn the squeezebox into the dominant sound of norteño music.
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Accordion king Ramón Ayala, son of musician Ramón Cobarrubias, began playing his favorite instrument at a very young age. Inspired and supported by his parents, he performed in different public places to help his modest family. Ramón Ayala's first band experience was a group called Los Jilgueros de Marin; he later joined Los Pavoreales. After moving to Reynosa, the talented musician met Cornelio Reyna and formed Relampagos del Norte; the group soon made a self-titled debut album that featured the hit single "Ya No Llores." When Cornelio Reyna passed away, its name was changed to Los Bravos del Norte. This group (also commonly billed as Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte) recorded the tribute En Las Alas De Un Ango A Cornelio Reynas shortly after his death.

Beginning in 1998, they kept to a prolific recording and touring schedule, often issuing more than two records in a single year--not counting the many compilations that flooded the market. Ayala and Los Bravos Del Norte recorded For Freddie Records most often, but titles appeared on Rosita, P&G Music and Fonovisia as well. Over 60 titles were released between 1998 and 2016, offering a wide range of love songs, rancheras, corridos, and dances done in classic norteno style.