I just heard that the great Ruben Vela died last week. Very sad to hear, he was one of the early original conjunto greats still playing. He started playing when he was 12.
As we posted here last spring, he was still tearing it up when he turned 72 at the Tejano Conjunto festival last year and clearly was still in his prime to the end.
Somewhere I have a picture of me and the old lady standing with the great Ruben Vela in San Antonio, but as yet I haven't unearthed it.