An Inventory of His Collection, undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
George Sulaica was born to migrant farmworkers in Crystal City, Texas, sometime in the 1940s. When Sulaica was about five years old, the family moved to Lubbock, Texas to pick cotton and stayed. In the late 1960s, Sulaica started Los Premiers. Other bandmembers were Bobby Aguilar, Cecil Puentes, Catarino unknown, Victor Salazar, Frank Diaz, Julio Llanas, Danny Llanas, Richard unknown, Julian Orta, Joe Chavez, and Bidal Aguero, who acted as assistant manager of the band, with Sulaica managing.
Early influences for Los Premiers were Little Joe and the Latinaires, Little Joe y La Familia, Agustin Ramirez, and Sunny and the Sunliners. Los Premiers toured from Chicago, Illinois to Hollywood, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, and opened for Little Joe and the Latinaires in Texas. Later, they incorporated Soul and Rock and Roll into their sound as well.
Los Premiers recorded their first album at Sounds Unlimited in Lubbock, Texas, and a second one in San Antonio. In 1997, Los Premiers were inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame as Pioneers of Chicano Music.
This media-only collection relates to the Lubbock-based Tejano band known as Los Premiers. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.
The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.
George Sulaica Collection, undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas