Little Joe And The Latinaires
Little Joe (Hernandez) would play his first musical performance in Cameron, Texas in 1955 for $5.00 at a high school Sock Hop. He was so excited, he realized that picking guitars beat cotton picking and he could actually get paid for it.
In 1958,Joe would make his recording debut as a guitarist for Terro Records in Corpus Christi, Texas, an instrumental single "Safari part 1 and 2" which was composed by all members of the Latinaires.
In the 60's, Joe would sign with Texas based independent record companies, starting with his 1st record deal, Corona Records in San Antonio, next Valmon records in Austin and later El Zarape Records in Dallas. Joe ventured into his own independent label"Buena Suerte Records" for spanish recordings and "Good Luck Records" for his english records. Also to follow would be Leona Records, a label also owned by Joe and a distribution deal with Freddy Records in Corpus Christi,Texas which would keep Joe independent through the 70's and 80's.
Further reading :
Little Joe is living history, by Naughty Mickie