Jaime DeAnda, a renowned Conjunto icon, is set to be inducted into the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum during the 19th annual induction ceremony on July 15, 2023, in San Benito, Texas. In a letter received by DeAnda, the organization recognized his exceptional work as a lifelong Conjunto/Tejano musician, praising his four-decade career as a vocalist and master accordionist. DeAnda’s dedication to the Conjunto music genre has left a lasting legacy that continues to captivate audiences with his talent and brilliant stage performance.
Expressing his gratitude, DeAnda stated that he is “feeling very honored to be inducted alongside these pioneers [he] grew up listening to when [he] was a Chamaco” and can now accept the fact that he is a “legend.” DeAnda’s career spans over 40 years, with most of that time spent as the frontman of Jaime Y Los Chamacos. The band produced numerous successful albums and classic hits, including “Yolanda” and “Mi Musica Favorita,” earning them multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. In December 2018, DeAnda split with Los Chamacos after a long tenure.
The induction ceremony comes about a year and a half after DeAnda recovered from a critical medical crisis in December 2021. The legendary accordionist and vocalist underwent life-saving surgery after an infection affected his tongue, mouth, and throat. Despite the setback, DeAnda’s love for Conjunto music has remained unwavering, and his induction into the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a testament to his significant contributions to the genre.