RIP Al Hurricane. Update: Funeral Arrangements

 

Funeral arrangements for Al Hurricane Via Al Hurriance Facebook page: 

"Al Hurricane, Jr. and the Sanchez Family would like to announce services have been made to celebrate the life of Al Hurricane.

Rosary will be at Queen of Heaven Church on Sunday, October 29 at 8 pm.

Funeral services with be held at Queen of Heaven Church on Monday, October 30 at 10 am.

The family invites you to join us in honoring the life and legacy of Al Hurricane.

A memorial service will be planned at "The Al Hurricane Pavilion at Civic Plaza" when construction has been completed. The family looks forward to sharing this celebration with his fans and we will keep you updated as details are finalized."

Wow, what can I say? My heart was sadden to learn about the passing of Al Hurricane. To me, he means so much to New Mexico and the New Mexico culture we have here. 

He truly was "The Godfather" of New Mexico music. One of the first formats I worked for in radio was playing 'New Mexico Music'. I didn't realize how special that style of music was until I got more involved into the 'New Mexico Music World'. We should all be so proud that we have something so unique, something no other state has. To me, New Mexico is rich in our culture with our delicious food, and our music. Al Hurricane brought that style of music here. I met my husband while he played in a 'New Mexico Music' band. My husband has even sat in a few times to drum for Al Hurricane. I have a special place in my heart for New Mexico Music and it will always be a part of who I am. 

I remember my parents listening to the music on a Saturday morning full blast while we were cleaning. I didn't understand at the time how special that music was to our culture,  I just knew I would always ask them to turn it down. Or at a wedding, when 'Flor de las Flores' would play, everyone would jump out of their seat and dance to the ranchera. Now that I am older, I now understand and appreciate that style of music. What he leaves behind is not only a legacy, but tons of inspired individuals that too would like to continue to play New Mexico Music and pass the culture to the next generation. I've interviewed Al Hurricane many times, and every single time he would make you feel like you have known him your entire life. New Mexico lost a legend, we lost the legend.... the Godfather of New Mexico Music. My condolences to the Sanchez family and everyone he left behind. 

Listen to more music HERE

 ( I have so many favorite songs, but La Mucura might be my favorite) 

 

Take some time today and listen to his music. If you have never heard an Al Hurricane song in your life, take time to listen to his music and appreciate what he has done for our culture. 

 
 
 
 
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