Al Hurricane

Birth name Alberto Nelson Sanchez
Born July 10, 1936
Dixon, New Mexico, US
Origin New Mexico

Died October 22, 2017 (aged 81)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Genres New Mexico music, Latin music, rock music, Norteño, Ranchera, Country Western, rock and roll, rockabilly, Corrido, Cumbia
Instruments Vocals, Guitar (Gibson 335, 137, 347), Saxophone, Piano

Alberto Nelson Sanchez (July 10, 1936 – October 22, 2017), known professionally as Al Hurricane, was an American singer-songwriter, dubbed “The Godfather” of New Mexico music. He released more than thirty albums, and is best known for his contributions to New Mexico’s unique style of Spanish music.

He received his nickname, Hurricane, from his mother. As a child, he would accidentally knock things over; the nickname became synonymous with his band, studio, and a recording label. His signature look, which included an eye-patch, was due to an automobile accident that occurred during the 1960s. These things, as well as his performance style, led to Hurricane being known for his ability to improvise and adapt. They have also led to his music and image being ultimately entangled with the history of New Mexico music.

Al Hurricane was often accompanied on stage by his children, sons Al Hurricane, Jr. and Jerry Dean, and daughter Erika. He also performed frequently with his brothers Baby Gaby and Tiny Morrie. He was the subject of a tribute concert which was recorded as a set of two tribute albums, as well a DVD. He has also performed alongside Fats Domino, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, and Chubby Checker.

His latest album, 2010’s Hey Sugar Baby! had Al Hurricane playing around his sound in fun and creative ways. The album ventures in Reggae, Reggaeton, as well as Italian, Brazilian, and Turkish genres.

Personal life and death

He was married twice. He had eight children: Al Hurricane Jr., Darlene, Sandra, and Jerry Dean from his first marriage, and Nelson, Erika, and Danielle and Lynnea from his second marriage. Lynnea, the twin of Danielle, died at the age of 2.

He died of prostate cancer on October 22, 2017 at the age of 81.


Solo studio albums

Mi Saxophone (1968)
Canciones del Alma (1970?)
Sigue Cantando (1973?)
Corridos Canta (1973?)
Instrumentales con Al Hurricane (1973?)
Vestido Mojado (1974)
La Prision de Santa Fe (1980)
Exitos De Al Hurricane (1980?)
The Return of Al Hurricane “EL” Godfather (1980?)
Sigue… “La Leyenda”!!! (1995)
The Legend of New Mexico (1995?)
Siempre (2000?)
¡Que Viva El Godfather! (2003)
Albuquerque (2007)
Hey Sugar Baby! (2010)

Studio albums with Tiny Morrie, Al Hurricane, Jr., Gloria Pohl, Baby Gaby, Lorenzo Antonio

Para Las Madrecitas with Tiny Morrie (1974)
Cantan Corridos with Al Hurricane, Jr. (1979)
Madrecita, Te Debo Tanto with Tiny Morrie, Al Hurricane, Jr., Gloria Pohl, Baby Gaby, and Lorenzo Antonio (1979)
15 Exitos Rancheros with Tiny Morrie & Al Hurricane, Jr. (1986)
15 Exitos Rancheros, Vol. 2 with Tiny Morrie & Al Hurricane, Jr. (1994)
Live at the Kimo – Vol.1 and Vol. 2 – with Al Hurricane, Jr. (2014)
Studio albums with Bandido[edit]
Under the EMI Capitol and/or Discos Musart label, in the 1980s Al Hurricane released four albums with the supergroup Bandido.

Bandido (first release)
Bandido (second release)
Bandido (third release)
15 Exitos de Groupo Bandido

Live tribute albums

A Tribute To Al Hurricane – Live, Vol. 1 (2008)
A Tribute To Al Hurricane – Live, Vol. 2 (2008)