Lydia Mendoza (born May 21, 1916) is an American guitarist and singer of Tejano music. She is considered by many "the queen of Tejano music".
Mendoza was born into a musical family in Houston, Texas. She learned to sing and play stringed instruments from her mother and grandmother. In 1928, as part of the family group Cuarteto Carta Blanca, she made her first recordings for the OKeh company in San Antonio. In the early thirties, Mendoza came to the attention of Manuel J. Cortez, a pioneer of Mexican-American radio broadcasting. Her live radio performances set the stage for her recordings for the Blue Bird label in 1934. One of her recordings, "Mal Hombre", became an overnight success, and led to an intensive schedule of touring and recording. After World War II, Mendoza recorded for all the major Mexican-American record labels. One of the relatively few songs she personally wrote, and a personal favorite, was "Amor Bonito", dedicated to her husband. Lydia Mendoza continued performing...
Chulas Fronteras is a documentary film from 1976 which tells the story of the Norteno or conjunto music which is played on both sides of the Mexico-Texas border. It was directed by Les Blank. A CD soundtrack of the music played in the film is also available, under the same title.
The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.