Rosita Fernandez

Rosita Fernández (January 10, 1918 – May 2, 2006) was a Mexican American Tejano music singer, humanitarian, and actress. She became a symbol of "Old Mexico" among European Americans in San Antonio, and was called the city's First Lady of Song by Lady Bird Johnson. She was inducted into the San Antonio Musicians Hall of Fame, San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, and the Tejano Music Hall of Fame, and received Woman of the Year honors in 1983.

Fernández was born in Monterrey, Mexico and received her early education in Laredo, Texas. She moved with her family to San Antonio at age nine. Fernández joined her family band, Los Tres San Miguel at the age of nine—which consisted of her uncles. She previously only performed in front of her relatives before becoming the band's lead vocalist. In 1932, she became the star of a radio program on WOAI in San Antonio, and in 1933 recorded jingles for several radio commercials. In 1938, Fernández married Raúl A. Almaguer, and the couple had two children. In 1949, she performed on the first broadcast on WOAI television, and later became a regular on several shows.

She became a pioneer of corridos, and recorded romantica style ballads in the male-dominated genre of Tejano music. Fernández is part of the Smithsonian Collections at the National Museum of American History with her china poblana dress, which was made in the 1960s. Beginning in the 1950s, Fernandez performed in the annual summer show Fiesta Noche del Rio at the Arneson River Theater on the San Antonio River. She also was a featured performer each spring at the A Night in Old San Antonio event at San Antonio's Fiesta celebration. In 1967, San Antonio radio station KCOR recognized Fernandez as a "source of entertainment" at the riverwalk, convention centers, and for her public performances at charity events. The city renamed a bridge after her in 1982, which attracts 5.2 million visitors each year. Fernandez first retired from performing in 1982, but continued to make guest appearances into the 1990s.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1918, Died May 2nd, 2006

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62941 10-in. 12/7/1937 Viejo vals Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 62961 10-in. 12/7/1937 A son de mi guitarra Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 62962 10-in. 12/7/1937 Mi imposible Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 62963 10-in. 12/7/1937 Que sabes tu Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 62964 10-in. 12/7/1937 Adrede Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 62965 10-in. 12/7/1937 Cobadia Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 80802 3/28/1951 Immortal carino Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 80803 3/28/1951 Mis dos amores Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 80808 3/29/1951 Niegalo Rosita Fernandez vocalist  
Decca 80812 3/29/1951 Comienza enti Rosita Fernandez vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fernandez, Rosita," accessed May 12, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/315141.

Fernandez, Rosita. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 12, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/315141.

"Fernandez, Rosita." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 12 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/315141

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