Augie Meyers – A Texas Legend

He’s a legend in his own time and you will meet this unassuming man up close and personal on the Tex-Mex Fandango Blues Music Cruise IV that sails out of Galveston.  The Tex-Mex Fandango Blues Music Cruise IV is all set for January 29 – February 5, 2012 onboard the fabulous Royal Caribbean ship Mariner of the Seas. This is the 4th annual Fandango and Augie has been on the previous cruises.

About the legend…..Here is a video that explains a little more about Augie and why he is both so well known in the music industry and loved by his fans….

Come join us on this year’s Tex-Mex Fandango and hang out with Augie, T. Gozney Thornton, and Jeff Strahan.  Bring your friends and let’s make this a regular get-together with new friends and old friends.

Let’s talk some more about Augie Meyers – his life and times.

Augie Meyers boasts a career few can ever hope to achieve or even match.  It was his Vox organ on the Sir Douglas Quintet’s “She’s About a Mover” in the 1965 hit; and it was his Texas twang along with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jiminez that led  to his Grammy-winning work with the Texas Tornados.  Augie Meyers is just waiting for his Hall of Fame moment.

Augie started out playing his music as a youngster.  An early bout with polio left him to rest up and it was during those days that he learned to play keys.   Later he owned the first English-made Vox in the USA.  He heard the sound and ordered one.  When the Dave Clark 5 came to San Antonio for a concert, Augie was opening the show with another group as was Doug Sahm.  The Dave Clark 5 were on the verge of cancelling their show because their Vox was broken.  Augie Volunteered his Vox.  They insisted it wouldn’t work because their Vox was an English-made Vox.  Augie said, “Man, I’ve GOT an English made Vox.”

It is moments like that, that make the legend that is Augie Meyers.  Mike Smith of  The Dave Clark 5 gave Augie his address and phone number and said, “If you ever get to England, give me a call.”  He made plenty more friends among the greats of music  just by being Augie. An unpretentious Texas boy with a huge load of talent.

But it was Doug Sahm and Augie that made up the Sir Douglas Quintent and their early days had them branded as English boys just over to America off the boat.  It was a big success and they sent two hits up the charts: “She’s About A Mover” and “The Rains Came.”  It was Trini Lopez that ‘outed’ the Texas boys announcing on the TV show Hullaballoo that Sir Doug and Augie were from his home state of Texas.  Those watching collectively went What?

But the Sir Douglas Quintet went on to more fame and fortune until a minor pot bust in 1965 disbanded the group.  Doug Sahm went to California.  Augie and the rest of the group couldn’t leave Texas for three years.  Augie put together another band called Lord August & The Visions of Lite.

It wasn’t long before Augie joined Sahm in California and the two busted the charts again with “Mendocino” with Augie and his Vox playing a starring role.  Augie suggested he and Sahm play some conjunto music and thus was the birth of  The Texas Tornadoes featuring Freddy Fender, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jiminez, and Augie Meyers.  The group was a mega hit winning Grammys and touring the U.S. and Europe. Hey Baby Que Paso became a big hit along with plenty of  others and Augie expanded  his universe playing with Bob Dylan on an album in 1997.

When Doug Sahm died suddenly  in  1999, it dealt a big blow to Augie.  “We had known each other since we were 12 years old,” he said.  “I still miss him every day.”  Then the Texas Tornadoes lost Freddy Fender to cancer.  It was Shawn Sahm and Augie who held it all together along with Flaco.

When the All Time Great Lists are made, it will be Augie Meyers sitting at No. 1 on the Rock and Roll keyboards.  And it is comforting to know he stayed true to his Texas roots right there in San Antonio even though he is known and admired throughout the music world.

So now you know just a part of what to expect when you join Augie Meyers on the Tex Mex Fandango Blues Music Cruise January 29 – February 5, 2012.  You will be meeting a true Texas Legend.  Not everyone gets that kind of chance.

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