162. Sir Douglas Quintet

When we look at out list we see many artists who had a broad appeal that they could have came from any English speaking country. This is certainly not the case for the Sir Douglas Quintet as a listen of their music and the time period of which it came from, really could it have come from any place other than Texas?   Within music history it is very difficult to argue that the first great Tex-Mex band was not the Sir Douglas Quintet. However, it is too easy to say that they were simply a band that blended Texas Country with Mexican influences. Their music was an eclectic blend of Roots Rock, Jazz, R&B, Cajun wrapped up in a Tex-Mex Pop delivery. As catchy as their music was it struggled to find a mass audience and as diverse as their music was they really were not stars. Despite this, their influence was heard in other Tex-Mex based bands that followed. Their leader, Doug Sahm was considered a legend in the field and considering that they did receive a nomination in 2006 shows that they are definitely on the Hall’s radar.       The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1993   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (San Antonio, TX)   Nominated In: 2006 Class   Why They Will Get In: They have received a nomination before and are the best representation of the Tex-Mex genre..   Why They Won’t Get In: What rule says this genre needs a representative?   Essential Albums: The Best of the Sir Douglas Quintet (1966) Sir Douglas Quintet + 2 = Honkey Blues (1968) Mendocino (1969) Together After Five (1970)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: She’s About A Mover (From The Best of the Sir Douglas Quintet, 1966) Are Inlaws Really Outlaws? (From Sir Douglas Quintet + 2 = Honkey Blues, 1968) Mendocino (From Mendocino, 1969) At the Crossroads (From Mendocino, 1969) Texas Me (From Mendocino, 1969) {acepolls 167}

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