When about 80 local women headed to the
When we reported the behind-the-scenes story of how this photo shoot happened, it struck a chord with many readers. We heard from several of the lucky ladies featured on the famous album cover, many of whom still live in the
We found out that many of the young women pictured were sisters (some twins, too), most had graduated from what was then known as
Here are some more memories of that night, which will forever live on in the hearts and minds of Tejano music fans.
All about the hair
As high school students, sisters
Helen, like many women who attended those dances, typically spent hours doing her hair before the big night out; she began to get second thoughts.
"I didn't want to go because my hair wasn't how I wanted it to look,"
Daddy's little Tejana girl
Austinite Lupe Yanes remembers "jetting to the bleachers" when an announcement was made during the Little Joe dance asking girls to gather for a group photo.
Yanes, now 60, says she often hung out by the
Dancing still means a lot to Yanes. Growing up, her family of 12 didn't always have the means to go out as a family, so they'd turn up the radio and dance at their house. "My dad would come home with his transistor radio and dance with all his daughters," she says. "That's how we bonded with Dad."
Yanes rarely received Christmas presents, but she'll never forget the one holiday when her family saved up to buy her a record player. "My first record was a Little Joe album, and I played it over and over."
Yanes remembers that after the photo shoot, all of the women received a copy of the "Las Viejas" album in the mail. "I was so excited, but later my brother lent the album to one of his best friends and I never got it back." Decades later, her son saw the famous "Las Viejas" album cover at a garage sale and bought it for Yanes. It didn't have the actual record, but she still cherishes the cover.
Hernandez had a move that all the girls appreciated. "I always carried extra handkerchiefs for them because the
Hernandez remembers dancing to everything from bebop to cha-cha-cha at the
Time of her life
"When we arrived we saw all the excitement and were so happy to be there," Esparza, now 58, says. "Then they called all the ladies, and ... there was shoving and pushing. Every lady wanted to be in front, so I ran to the top and sat with Dwayne, one of the musicians."
Esparza says the photo brought back her good memories of growing up in
Dancing soothes the soul
On the night that Little Joe played, Ochoa and her husband had congregated at the coliseum's long communal tables with other married couples when they heard the group photo announcement.
"Oh, I want to be in there," Ochoa told her husband. So he walked her over to the bleachers where the women were posing and helped her climb up the steps to the third row. "They put me there because I was too short," she says with a laugh.
Ochoa's husband of 48 years passed away 12 years ago, but she'll never forget the joy she felt dancing with him. "I guess we were meant to be."
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